Fancy Folds: How to Make Easel Cards, 3 Ways

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An easel card is another fun alternative to the ordinary fold. It has a built-in easel, so artwork stands beautifully on display. As an added bonus, the card lies flat for ease in mailing. Follow along with these simple tutorials on how to make easel cards to learn how with just a couple score lines and folds, you can quickly make greeting cards with easel folds in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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How to make a square easel card

Supplies you'll need:

  • Scoring board
  • Score tool and/or bone folder
  • Card stock
  • Double-sided adhesive

Step 1:

Cut one piece of card stock to 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and one piece to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". The larger piece will serve as the base and the square will become the front.

Step 2:

The basic formula for an easel card is to divide the length of your base by two and score.  (This is the mid-point.) Next, divide one side by two and score. (This is the three-quarters point.)

Place 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" block of card stock on scoring table horizontally. Score at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8".

Step 3:

Fold along score lines creating a mountain fold at the 4 1/4" mark and a valley fold at the 6 3/8" mark.

Step 4:

Flip card stock so that the largest panel is face down and the two smaller panels create a mountain fold. Apply double-sided tape to the outer panel.

Step 5:

Turn card stock so that adhesive is at the top and remove liner from tape. Adhere 4 1/4" square to top of base, aligning top and side edges.

Piece should now look like image above.

Step 6:

Pull front (square) forward to create easel.

Step 7:

Decorate as desired. (I used You're Super stamp set and dies by My Favorite Things.) Be sure to include a border strip or paper embellishment near the bottom edge of the base (i.e. star strip as shown above) as this will help hold the card open for display. The deeper you adhere the "stop," the taller your card will stand.

Other sizes and shapes of easel cards can be created easily following the same format. Below are instructions for creating a Standard vertical A2 size easel card and a round easel card.

How to create a standard A2 size vertical easel card

Steps 1-4 of Std. A2 card instructions

Step 1:

Cut card stock pieces to 4 1/4" x 11" and 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Step 2:

Score 4 1/4" x 11" piece at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4". Fold along score lines.

Step 3:

Adhere double-sided tape to top folded edge. Remove liner from tape.

Step 4:

Adhere front panel to base, aligning top and side edges. Pull forward to stand in easel position.

How to create a round easel card

Step 1:

Cut one piece of card stock a little wider than your circle die and a little longer than twice the width. This will serve as the base. Score down the center and fold. Cut a second piece of card stock slightly larger than your circle die. This will become the front.

Step 2:

Using removable tape, adhere circle die to folded card stock with die edge just above the fold line. Die-cut with die-cutting machine to create folded circle base. Die-cut front circle shape as well.

Step 3:

Open folded circle. Fold top circle in half in opposite direction from center fold line. Apply double-sided tape to top half above fold.

Step 4:

Remove tape liner and adhere front circle, aligning all edges. Pull top circle forward into easel shape.

Fancy Folds: 4 Fun Tutorials for Folding Cards

Fancy Folds: 4 Fun Tutorials for Folding Cards

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