A Fun Surprise
Looking for a new way to make your cards? You’re in luck! We all love your classic card with its four sides and fun designs, but if you’re looking for something new, try this easel card! The easel card is a fun surprise when it comes to sending your regards to friends and loved ones. It gives more space for bigger designs and if you have the guts, maybe a small 3×4 photo! It also has flaps which will add a fun component not only to the receiving of this card but the designing of it as well! Ready to give it a try? Let’s have a look!
What You Will Need:
- 6×12 piece of cardstock paper (this is the base of your card, so keep that in mind when choosing colors and such)
- 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 piece of cardstock (second layer of the card).
- 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of decorative paper that you like (Last layer of card)
- Tiny Border of your choosing
Step One- Fold
You’re going to start by folding the 6×12 piece of cardstock in half and then set it aside. You’re then going to fold the 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 piece of cardstock in half and then you’re going to unfold it and take the bottom and fold it up to the half-mark crease. After that, accordion fold it so it looks like the image to the left!
Step Two- Adhere
You’re going to start by taking your folded 6x 12 piece of cardstock and then adhering the back of the folded 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 piece of cardstock to the front of the card. Make sure you don’t adhere it down when it’s upside-down! You want the flaps to face down so that it can support itself! After you’re done, it should look like this!
After you’ve complete adhering those two pieces together, you’re going to adhere the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of decorative paper that you like on top of the card, making sure it goes under and not on top of the two folded flaps.
Step Three- Add A Border (Optional)
A fun thing about the flaps of the easel card is that you can add a border to them! To do this, you choose your favorite Tiny Border and simply trace, cut, and adhere it to the ridge of that first fold (I used the Cheerful Tiny Border). As you can see in the picture, I simply used some of my scraps since I had them on hand, but you can use a larger piece of paper so that it takes up all the space on the back of the fold (as shown in the video below).
Step Four- Design Your Card And Send It Off
Here is the almost finished look! It’s not quite done but it’s getting there! While you’re designing your card, keep in mind that you don’t want to design to heavily or add too many elements, because it still needs to close for you to be able to send it off! When you send it off, you can either slip it in the envelope as it is or you can fold the flap up as shown in the image above and send it that way. You could even consider tying it with string so that the recipient of your letter has to untie it like a present! For more ideas, you can check out the video! Rebekah Cowne shares some of her easel cards as well as some tips when you approach this type of card for the first time!