I was curious about Easel Cards, so I did some research. I hadn’t really tried any before because they looked very involved. Boy, was I wrong. I found some great instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers site. I’ve been having so much fun – you should give them a try sometime.
My first card uses one of my favorite Christmas digis, 3 Candles by Pamela Lehto available through Squigglefly. It’s such a pleasure to color and I really like using a wide variety of greens and yellow greens for the Holly leaves.
The completed design on my card face is 5″ by 5″ and the final card size is 5″ by 6.5″ Using a larger base allows me to mail it in a rectangular envelope instead of paying extra to mail a square envelope (and it gave me a different way of decorating – LOL).
To make an easel card stand, the bottom of the card needs a 3-D object to prevent the top of the card from closing. I used some ribbon from my stash, tied a bow on it, and glued it to my lining paper. That provides enough depth to keep the card front upright when opened, and allows the card to lie (almost) flat to be mailed. I generated the sentiment on my computer (PowerPoint – and saved it as a .jpg), added mats and glued in place.
My friend provided the Poinsettia flower from her stash, and my daughter quilled the three paper spirals to match the spirals on my ribbon. So the final card was a joint effort, and I’m very happy with the results.
Now for my next card…
The digi is once again from Squigglefly. The design is called Christmas Bouquet Cup also created by Pamela Lehto.
This card uses a square base. After coloring my image with Copic markers, I thought that it still needed something, so I added a thin coat of Stickles to give it some sparkle. Unfortunately, my photography doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll need to take my word for it.
I’m entering both cards in the Squigglefly challenge – Ribbon or Lace and The Paper Shelter Challenge, Christmas is Coming.
Well, I hope you enjoy my cards. I’m ready to continue my exploration of of easel cards the next chance I get. Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with you and your family, and find time to create when ever you can.
Hugs and Creativity,
Linda O (Loster)