Learn how to make a simple easel card! These attractive cards stand up like an easel and are an unusual alternative to traditional handmade greeting cards. While easel cards look complex, they are actually very easy to make. In this tutorial we'll look at making a very simple easel card from a single piece of folded card. Once you are familiar with the basics you will find that there are an almost endless way that you can vary and adapt this technique to create a wide range of easel cards.
One Piece Easel Card
This simple easel card is made from a single sheet of card. This is a good way to learn the basics of easel card construction before moving onto more complex designs. The card can be created larger or smaller as required.
Tip: Try making the card first out of scrap paper to see how the card is constructed.
Easel Card BasicsMost easel cards follow the following basic design principles:
- The length of the card before it is folded is three times the width. In effect it is three squares joined together (see the illustration on the next page).
- A brad, button or other raised element needs to be attached to the base of the card to make the front piece stand up like an easel.
- In addition to decorating the front of the card, the base of the card can also be turned into a design feature.
- A piece of cardstock (I used a piece 4" x 12" / approximately 10cm x 30cm)
- Ruler and paper folder (a paper folder is optional, however it will help you to achieve a professional looking finish)
- Glue or double sided tape
- Rubber stamps and embellishments to make the front panel
- Brad, button or other raised 3d embellishment
Tips for Making Easel Cards
- Write your sentiments and greetings where you like! Some people like to write on the inside of the card as you would a traditional folded card, however the back panel can also be a good place to write a few words.
- If you are making an easel card for someone who has not received one before, you may find that they appreciate a small note telling them how to display the card.
- The raised brad, button or other embellishment that is required to make the easel card stand, may also mean that the card is a tight fit in a normal envelope.