"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Easel Cards

These are three easel cards I designed and taught for a class last month. You start with the basic folded card base and then fold the top layer in half, back to the fold. Another card layer (the size of the card) is adhered to the folded section, even with the original fold. Then you need something inside the card to keep the card open like an "easel" - this can be a sentiment adhered to dimensional pop dots; or a 3D embellishment like a button or flower or bow; or a strip of paper or ribbon along the inside edge.

These three cards illustrate three different orientations or sizes as well as three different ideas for creating the easel.

The first one is a vertical A2 card with the fold at the top. A layered sentiment on pop dots creates the easel.

This one is a horizontal A2 card with the fold at the top. The clouds were masked with torn scrap paper and the sky stippled with Distress Ink. The easel is formed with a strip of green cardstock - the "grass" is cut with my new fringe scissors (see a previous post about these) and folded up to provide a lip to hold the card when it is displayed.

And the last one (excuse the pink picture - these are white cardstock pieces - have no idea why this photo came out this color!) is a 5" square, top-folded card which has a button for the easel. The tulip was stamped with a watercolor technique - waterbased markers were used to color directly on the stamp and then lightly misted with water prior to stamping. It's an easy way to get a beautiful watercolor look.


Robin said...

These easel cards are just darling!

Linda Manning Findley said...

Susan I really like the Take Time one ... and the easel cards are such a super way of showing off a beautiful card ..... Linda F

Sarah said...

I have always liked the look of the easel cards but have never tried one. Something else to put on my crafting bucket list!