Saturday, May 4, 2013

Circleville NSD Celebration! Ease On Down The Road, An Easel Card Tutorial


Hi Everyone! Welcome to National Scrapbooking Day! I am so happy to be sharing a tutorial and challenge with everyone today. 

 I love easel cards. I can say without a doubt, they are my favorite cards to create. I learned to make these from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers a few years ago and I’d like to share how I create them with you.

You will need a scoring board, paper trimmer, a nice strong piece of cardstock, adhesive and whatever you choose for embellishments. You can use 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11. For this tutorial, I am using a 12 x 12 piece of DCWV Shimmer Stack cardstock.

The first step is to cut your cardstock. I want my card to stand about 5 inches high and be 5 inches wide. I am going to cut the cardstock at 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.


Next, I score the card. I prefer to score the half 1st. So in the picture below, I have scored the card at 5 inches.  Some people prefer to score the easel bend 1st.
Next, score at 2.5 inches. So an easy way to remember your folds for an easel card is fold half, then fold half in half.  If you remember that, you can make easel cards in many different sizes.

Here is how it looks folded.

Use a strong adhesive to attach your 5 x 5 square. You will attach the square at the top edge of the flap

Once it is attached, it should look like this if you turn it on it's side. 

Below is a picture of how it should look from the side when you stand it up. I used the Dew Drops container to hold it in place. Once your card is decorated, your base will keep the card upright. Now you are ready to decorate your card! Wasn't that easy?

To decorate my card, I used a cute digital stamp and my Cricut. I chose a stamp from Saturated Canary called Lily, Bo and Peep. I colored her with my Copics, and fussy cut her from the rest of the image. I cut 2 squares from Bazzill Swiss Dots paper in blue that were 4.75 inches and adhered them to the base of the card and the top. I also cut 2 rectangles to add to the back of the card and the inside of the easel fold.

I cut the Gate section of the Gazebo from Spring Cottage at 4.65 x 7.25. I also cut the flowers and ferns from Spring Cottage. The flowers are 1 inch. The ferns are 1 x 1.85 inches. I didn't use all the layers since I knew I was going to place them behind grass on the card. The grass is cut from Plantin School Book.  I cut the grass at 1 inch high by 4.65 inches long.  I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the grass and bent the blades.

I used Copics to color the flowers and ferns.  Once they were on the card, I added Jolee's Crystals to some of the flowers to give them some shimmer.

I adhered Lily to the gazebo gate, then began layering the flowers around her feet. Once I had an idea of how I wanted the flowers, I made sure the grass wasn't going to completely cover them and adhered the flowers, then the grass.

I added an additional layer of the pearl cardstock I used for the easel to the bottom of the card. I used a Nestabilities scalloped oval and cut one in the Bazzill Swiss Dots paper and a smaller one using the DCWV pearl cardstock. I stamped my sentiment from Sampim Up's May 2012 stamp of the month, Friendship set.  I embellished the smaller oval with more Jolee's crystals. I also cut some butterflies from Straight From The Nest to add to the card and sentiment.

Here is one more look at the card.

I hope this inspires your to try an easel card. If you would like to enter my challenge, add your link below for a chance to win a $15.00 gift card from Michael's. Make an easel card and add your link before Sunday, May 12. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, May 13th.

There are several of us who are participating in the Circleville NSD Weekend who are also posting our tutorials and/or challenges and/or prizes on our personal blogs. Even if you are not part of the Circle Message Board, they have invited you to visit them and join in the fun! Here is a list of participants and the times you will find their posts on their blogs (all times are Eastern Daylight Time): - 8AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "It's All About Perspective" Tutorial and Blog Prize - $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card! - 11AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "Tic Tac Toe Challenge and Blog Prize! 1PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "Ease on Down the Road" Blog Prize- $15 Michael's Crafts Gift Card! (you are here!) 3PM Saturday, May 4, 2013 "On Pins" theme and Blog Prize - $25 Simon Say Stamp Gift Card! - 4PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013. "Tin Is In" theme and Blog Prize! - 6PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "What's It Owl About" theme and Blog Prize! - 8PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "Let's Split- CCR Tutorial" (Learn to create a split letter monogram) and Blog Prize! - 10PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 "The Crazy Bs Challenge" and Blog Prize! - 9AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 "Go Big or Go Home Challenge" and Blog Prize - $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card! - 11AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 "Tropical Sunset Color Challenge" and Blog Prize! - 6:30PM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 "Did-I-MENSION???" Challenge and Blog Prize!

If you have some time this weekend, you should ease on down the road to everyone's blogs! They are quite the talented group. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!


  1. It's beautiful! I've been looking forward to this tutorial!

  2. Beautiful card. Definitely gonna try this. Thank you for sharing your directions.

  3. Such a beautiful card! I have never made this type of card before but I am going to try one thanks to your tutorial.

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  4. Great tutorial and beautiful card!!

  5. Beautiful card! Love all the details you added. Great tutorial too!

  6. this is so pretty and I am going to try an easel card for the first time. thanks for the instructions.

  7. Well, you definitely inspired me with your card! I loved your tutorial and had so much fun using it to make an easel card! I had never made one before and loved this! Thank you so much!

  8. Your card is gorgeous Colleen and your tutorial is WONDERFUL. I've actually made not ONE but TWO Easel cards since you posted this! Thank you so much for your inspiration. I will make many more!