This spring, why not step up your cardmaking game with this beautiful triple easel card? It mainly centres around our much-loved Nesting Die Sets, but you can easily switch out the papers, flowers and colours used to make the card completely yours! The thing that makes it so unique is the gorgeous triple easel design, which is sure to stand out amongst other basic cards.
You will need:
- Torn Edge Square 2 Die
- Bone Folder
- Nature’s Garden Spring Is In the Air 12 x 12 paper pad
- Spring Is In the Air – Beautiful Butterflies die set
- Spring Is In the Air – Doily Border die
- Spring Is In the Air – Fanciful Flourishes die set
- Spring Is In the Air – Cottage Window die set
- 3 sheets of A4 300gsm white cardstock
- 2 sheets A4 Baby Pink Centura Pearl cardstock
- Textured Cardstock Pad – Pastels – used half a sheet of yellow and half a sheet of pink
- 1 sheet A4 Christmas Green Centura Pearl cardstock
- Spectrum Noir Quick Dry Inkpad in Friar Brown
- White half pearls
- Clear crystal gems
- 12″ white ribbon
- Tacky Glue
- Low Tack Tape
Firstly, make the three easel cards. Fold a sheet of A4 white cardstock down the middle to make a half fold card. Using a bone folder, burnish the fold to give a crisp edge. Place the largest of the Torn Edge Square Dies on the cardstock overlapping the fold slightly so that when cut the card remains intact. Tape the die down with Low Tack Tape and run the die and card through your cutting machine. This forms the base for easel one.
Using a second sheet of white cardstock, score down the middle from the short end to the short edge and use a bone folder to burnish the fold. Place the second largest Torn Edge Square Die on the cardstock again leaving a small section of the top of the die overlapping the fold line. Tape the die down with Low Tack Tape, and run the die and cardstock through your cutting machine. This forms the base for easel two.
Repeat this using the third largest Torn Edge Square Die and the white cardstock left over from cutting easel two. This forms the base for easel three.
Using the three Torn Edge Square Dies you have used to cut the easel bases, cut one more of each square from white cardstock, but only a single layer this time.
To assemble the three easels, take the three easel bases and on each one, with the fold at the top, score across the centre of the card horizontally on the front panel only, not through both layers. Fold the bottom of the scored piece down and burnish across the fold line. Find the corresponding sized cut square and line it up with the front scored piece of the easel base, making sure they exactly match. Add glue to the bottom section of the folded front piece, below the score line and stick the two matching pieces together. You should now have your three easel cards ready to decorate.
Using the second largest Torn Edge Square Die and a sheet of Baby Pink Centura Pearl cardstock, die cut two pieces. Centre and glue one die-cut to the front and one to the base of the largest easel card. Using the third largest Torn Edge Square Die and a sheet of patterned paper from the Spring Is In the Air paper pad, die cut two decorative layers. Ink around the edges of the patterned paper squares using the Spectrum Noir Harmony Quick Dry Inkpad. Centre and glue these two squares on top of the Centura Pearl layer on the largest easel card. Repeat this twice more, each time using decreasing sized squares.
Choose a die-cut topper from the Spring Is In the Air paper pad and using a Torn Edge Square Die one size smaller than the one used to cut the patterned paper on the smallest easel, cut out a square from the topper. Ink the edges using the Spectrum Noir inkpad, centre and glue this panel on the front of the smallest easel.
Cut two borders from white cardstock using the Doily Border die.
Using the Cottage Window Die set, cut lots of flowers using the yellow and pink cardstock from the Textured Paper Pad and leaves from the Christmas Green Centura Pearl cardstock. Using an embossing ball tool and a foam mat, lightly run the tool around the centre of each flower to curl up the edges, then layer the flowers up, gluing between each layer. Glue a small pearl inside the centre of each flower, then stick the flowers to the die cut borders, either randomly or alternate the colours. Add leaves to the side of the flowers on the borders.
Using the Christmas Green Centura Pearl cardstock and the Fanciful Flourishes Dies, cut four flourishes. Add a little glue along the centre of the flourishes and starting at one end of the border, weave the flourish between the flowers and leaves already on the border, finishing at the centre. Repeat from the opposite end, then gently curl up the leaves on the flourishes to give a 3D effect.
Glue one border on the front of the largest easel, going diagonally from top right to bottom left. Repeat on the second largest easel, but going diagonally from top left to bottom right.
Die cut six of the smallest butterfies from the Beautiful Butterflies Die set out of white cardstock and ink the edges of the wings on each using the Spectrum Noir Quick Dry inkpad. Layer and glue two butterflies together in the middle, so that the wings can be lifted. Glue two clear crystal gems to each butterfly body. Glue one butterfly to each of the front panels on each of the easels and add any leftover flowers to the front panel in the top right corner.
Glue a white ribbon bow to the centre of the base of the smallest easel to work as a stopper.
To assemble the triple easel card, glue the smallest easel card base on top of the middle-sized one, positioning it just below half way down the medium-sized easel’s base, so that the rear of the smallest will hold the middle easel in place then repeat with the middle and largest easels.