Hi crafty friends! I am so excited to be back sharing an exciting fun fold card, a CIRCLE easel card! An easel card is a card that has some sort of piece to sit on, so it can sit up as a sort of decoration, on a mantel or a shelf. You hardly even need any space for writing, because it's so darn impressive and pretty on it's own! But I promise, it's easy to do! Follow along in my video below to see the step by step on how to make this fun, unique card!
First off, in order to make the shape into a circle, you will need some circle die cuts. These circle dies are so versatile. I recently made a blog post including a full video on how to use a die cutting machine. It's my favorite crafty tool I have, and really takes cardmaking & scrapbooking to the next level. The first step with the circle easel card is to fold your paper in half, & then choose the largest circle die and leave a little space at the top to keep the paper connected before putting through your die cutting machine.
At this point, I like to keep my die cutting machine out and cut out the rest of the circles I'd like to use for this card. You really only need one more circle in the largest die cut (like for the main part of the card), but you can cut more if you'd like, like I did with the vellum!
Vellum is a sort of transparent paper that works great with mixed media products, such as paint or inks, and I used it here as a smaller circle as a piece of my background. I actually crumpled it up in my hand first to add some texture! Then I inked it to give it even more dimension. Vellum is a great product you can use for scrapbooking or cardmaking, I can't wait to show you more ways to use it!
The next step for this card is to take the 'front' base of the card and fold it directly in half. From there, I like to work on the inside, and the separate front circle which will then be put onto the bottom half of the folded card. Here are some pictures to help visualize the above steps since that is a little confusing in text (& don't forget you can see it all in my video also!)
Step 2: Open the circle card, then fold the front of the card in half to make a half moon shape.
You will then have a sort of triangle shape that you will later adhere your other cut out circle to the BOTTOM half of this card base.
& that is the base of the circle card! Again, the video is a little easier to follow :)
Now you just decorate! Don't forget the sequins! ;) The crucial part of this card is just to make sure that when you adhere the front onto the base of the card, you only glue/tape down the BOTTOM half. You don't want the top half glued on at all, or it won't fold open into the easel form like it should.
From there, you just need a cute saying or something to put on some foam dots in order to create the easel stand! This way, when the card folds open, it has something to sit on! I used the new Joyful Thanks sentiments stamps & coordinating die from Catherine Pooler, they are the perfect little sentiments for a card like this! I inked it in Sugared Lavender to go with my super purple theme.
I also cut out a little circle for the very inside of the card, you could write a small sentiment, but with a card like this you don't really need it. It's kind of a statement piece of it's own!
I really love using my circle dies this way, and I hope this inspires you to create a circle easel card along with me! Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you do something for yourself today!
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