If you want to give a handmade card that will touch their hearts, an Easel Card made with the Wonder of Christmas stamp set will do the trick. Since an Easel Card stands up on its own so nicely, your card is likely to be displayed instead of getting lost in a pile of cards.
The Wonder of Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great addition to your Christmas stamp sets. It retires with the Holiday Catalog, and is only available through January 3rd–although they could sell out sooner than that. You can see another card made with Wonder of Christmas in this post: Angel Card.
Supplies and Tools used in this card include: Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, and Shimmery White Cardstocks, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Delicate White Doily, and Soft Sky Enamel Shapes. The angel was colored with a Blender Pen and Inks, then cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelits. The sentiment was also cut with a Stitched Shape Framelits, which sold out so quickly that Stampin’ Up! doesn’t expect them to be available to order again until January 16th.
Easel Cards are easy to make, and make a great impression. This card is the typical size for a handmade card, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, in portrait mode. But you can make one in landscape mode, make it larger or smaller, some are even made in different shapes: Squares or circles are both popular.
Here’s what you need to know to make an Easel Card like this sample.
- Cut the card front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
- The card base is always cut twice as long as the card front, in this case 4-1/4″ x 11″.
- The base is scored in the middle, and at half the length of one end. The score lines here are at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.
- Make a valley fold on the 5-1/2″ line, and a mountain fold on the 2-3/4″ line.
- Add adhesive to panel A, then adhere the top half of the card front to that panel, leaving the rest of the card front unattached.
- Decorate the card front as desired, then provide a “stop” for the easel. You can use an embellishment or a piece of cardstock on Dimensionals.
- In this case, I wanted the “stop” piece to blend into the background of the front, so I used more of the Soft Sky Cardstock, embossed with the same Gently Falling Embossing Folder. I could have just used the oval sentiment piece by itself for a “stop,” but I thought it would be more distracting on the Wisteria Wonder card base than on Soft Sky. I used to make really elaborate “stops,” but as I refine my design skills, I pay attention to keeping the artwork the focal point.
Here’s an example of a square Easel Card, with a more ornate “stop.” It blends in with the rest of the card nicely, but does tend to split my attention between the focal point and all the stuff on the “stop.”
Leave me a comment and let me know if these instructions are clear enough, or if you’d like me to create a video–it’s so much easier to learn from a video. I’d also like to know what you think of the two different styles of “stops.” Which do you like better and why?
I hope you’ll try making a handmade Easel Card with Wonder of Christmas, or any other stamp set you want to show off!