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Create Dimensional Greetings Cards That Wow! 1: Easel Card

Lilian Barker, Papercrafter & Surface Pattern Designer

Create Dimensional Greetings Cards That Wow! 1: Easel Card

Lilian Barker, Papercrafter & Surface Pattern Designer

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5 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Tools

    • 3. Lesson 2: The Basic Easel Shape

    • 4. Lesson 3: Achieving the Wow Factor

    • 5. Lesson 4: Let's Make a Card

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About This Class

Go beyond the conventional flat greetings card and learn how to make a dimensional card that will wow its recipient.

In this class:  

  • You will learn what an easel card is and how to create it. 
  • We'll talk about how different factors affect the final design and
  • I will share my ideas about how to decorate the card for maximum impact.

This class is suitable for all levels.  You don’t need any prior cardmaking or artistic skills to create something special, but if you do have those skills you can use these ideas to take your card designs to the next level.  

For your class project you will create your own wow-inducing easel card.

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Lilian Barker

Papercrafter & Surface Pattern Designer


Hi! I'm Lilian a.k.a. Merry Makewell.  I'm a serial crafter - having tried a number of crafts and techniques - but my absolute favourite craft is papercrafting in all its forms. 


I've always loved paper - the feel, the smell, the pretty patterns and the promise of a blank sheet - so when I discovered cardmaking a few years ago I was instantly hooked.  It's an easy and accessible way to make art without being able to draw or paint.  I also enjoy mixed media art and creating pieces for home decor.


My love of pretty, patterned paper and fabric led me to try to create my own designs.  You can find out more about my design escapades over at Merry Makewell Designs.

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1. Introduction: Before I started card making, I thought that Greetings, Carter and he came one way, a single piece of card with a folding middle and something on the front. But now that I've been card making for a few years, I realized that that couldn't be further from the truth. I'm Lillian Andi. I'm a bit of a paper addict, and I loved making cards in this class. I want to take you beyond the conventional Flat Greetings card and show you how to create the dimensional easel card that will allow its recipient. Over the course of the lessons, I'll show you how to you create the basic card shape. I'll discuss my ideas about how to design and decorate for maximum well factor. Andi. I will walk you through an easel card project, which you can reproduce or use of inspiration to create your own wow inducing easel card. If you've never made a card before, you'll still be able to produce something really wonderful. If you do have previous card making skills or you are an illustrator or artist, I think you'll be able to take the concepts that I present and use them to create something really spectacular, So I hope you'll join me on this class, and I look forward to sharing some of my card making skills with you. 2. Lesson 1: Tools: In order to make your card, you're going to need a few things. First of all, you're gonna need card stock. So this is just plain white card stock. I recommend a weight off between 2 53 100 years, um, which is about 9200 and £10. I also recommend using a school board. This is an example of a score port. It has regular measurements across the top at regular intervals and channels and edged into the face off it. And it will also come with a scoring tool. And the way that you use it is to place your card into the recess and then defines the place the appropriate measurement, and then simply locate your scoring tool into one of the channels and score at the down the length of the card. The good thing about using a school board is that creates, um, neater, crisper folds. If you just try to fold card without one, it will probably crack with the school board. You can create more professional Look, don't worry. If you don't have a scoreboard, you can get around it. So here I've got an old math mat. You can use an old math mat or are folded tea towel, just something that's got a bit of giving it. You don't want to be scoring against a hard surface and then also ruler Andi, I've got here a knife kitchen knife, but you wanted to be fairly narrow. You don't want it to be too thick and chunky. Andi. In order to school your card, you would just take the appropriate measurements. So measure across the top and the bottom line up to your ruler at the right place and then firmly press. You're a tool in this case, the knife into the card and school down the length of it. And the reason that you want something that has a little bit spongy is because, um you want you want the paper to be ableto bend into what it's sitting on. You'll also need some glue. I'm using just playing pvh glue. Here. You can use any glue you like a zoo long as it dries clear. Also, you'll need double sided foam tape. This is it comes on a roll or it comes in parts that you can cut down two different sizes, and this is great for adding dimension, not essential. But if you can get it, it's useful. Toe have is double sided tape. Um, this is useful because we'll be using acetate. Andi Sticking Using wet glue with a state can be quite tricky. Scissors. Just a ordinary pencil for sketching. Um, well, design ideas, some sort of coloring. So I've got alcohol Marcus here. But you can use pencils, paints, inks, whatever. You have a hand, we'll be fine and finally your needs so you can buy this from craft stores. I've put a link where you can get it in. The resource is, but you can also create your own. If you have a laminating machine, this is just a laminating pouch that I've passed through with nothing in between. As you can see, it's it's quite flexible, but it is very bubbly. Unclear eso it works really well. If you wanted something a little bit more sturdy, you could get that by just passing to laminating pouches through sandwich together, and you end up with a much sturdier, um, piece of appetite. It's a little bit more opaque than just the one laminating pouch, but it does work quite well and also If you have any old packaging appetite from packaging , don't throw that away. Hang onto it because it does come in useful. 3. Lesson 2: The Basic Easel Shape: you can use any size card. I'm using half a sheet of a four because it fits nicely into the school board. So the first thing to do is to find the midpoint and score down the card. So for this, the midpoint is at four and 1/8 of an inch. So I'm just gonna run scoring toe down, and then we've got our first school, so that will fold you fold. That will give you a centerfold. Feel card. So at the moment, it just looks like a basic greeting card. The next folder you need is at halfway between the edge of the card and your centerfold, or alternatively, 1/4. Now I did formulate, So that's around two inches. It doesn't have to be exact, but that's basically what you want. So we're gonna put our line at two inches. Okay, Now what you have if you fold along the centre line and then you fold along the quarter line and you end up with this kind of shape, a wedge, and that will basically give you your easel. Very simple card shape to make. It's not complicated at all, but what's important is what how you what you do with it now, As you can see, if you are left it like this and you put a lot of stuff in it, I would have a tendency to four forward. So then next important component is to have a stopper of some description. So it could be anything, really. I'm going to use this scalloped circle, and this is where your phone tape comes in. So take some foam tape. I think it on the back and then put it roughly where you want your car to stop. So let's say we put it there, and now you'll see that the card sits up nicely and doesn't slide around. Now it's an important thing to note, obviously, is where you put your your fold will determine how upright the card sits. So if you Andi also where you put the stuff, so at the moment this is quite upright. If I had a smaller stop, question the front you to see that the this part of the card had a shallower angle on here . It's steeper than you know. If I would put it back here, it would be steeper. Still, also the position of this. Generally it's 1/2 way, but if you wanted to put it a little bit further back or a little bit closer to the front, that also changes the appearance of your car. So when you've got the basic shape, you can play around with the position of this fold and also the position off this stopper, Teoh and see what effect it has really on whatever design you use that this card is in landscape, and so you end up with this kind of shape. But if I was just to take another a four sheet of paper, But this time I've cut it length ways into the width ways, so the center point here would be at five and 7/8 Andi, then the quarter point would be at around three inches. So that's just leave it at three, and then we fold this one. You'll see that you end up with in much sicker portion of the card here from pads to this one. So again, that's something to consider when you're folding your card and choosing which orientation the orientation will little effect the shape of the evil. How much how much you in a real estate you have to play with here. You can see there's quite a long a big space here in the square, a heavy space here. Where is here? It's It's a lot narrower, as you can see, so that's another thing to consider. When you're making your card, you can play around with the orientation. You can play around with the position off the fold, and you can play around with the position of the stopper. So now that you've got the basic diesel card shape, join me for the next lesson and I will show you sharing my ideas about how to decorate the card to get the most out of the state and to really maximise the well factor. 4. Lesson 3: Achieving the Wow Factor: most easel cards will take what would have been on a flat greetings card and simply fix it to this area here so that when the card is assembled, it will sit up. Like so. For example, here's a card that I made. It's just unordinary greeting card. Um, if you imagine that I stick it to the front like this, and then it becomes a sort of stand up diesel, and it's it's interesting. It's it differentiates it from just the standard greetings card by having it sit on the easel. But I think that in order to really maximize the wild factor, you need to start thinking about using incorporating the easel shape into your car design. So what I mean is, for example, I see allege, or a step or a seat, a shell for divider between two different things to different surfaces. You've got all this space here that you can do a scene with, And then there's this space up here, which, on the face of it looks like it can't be used. If you mount, hesitate onto the card and then you can stick things in this area up here, it gives the illusion that your elements, your design elements are floating so you can incorporate that into your card. You can cut the agitate into strips, and you can have strips stuck to the front. So if you look at the shape of this easel, anything that stuck on this side will have. This angle will lean back in. Anything that stuck on this side will lean forwards. So if you imagine you use strips of agitate, you can have the illusion off depth by having some things projecting forwards from the card and some things for projecting behind the card, and it will still fold flat and go into an envelope. 5. Lesson 4: Let's Make a Card: So now that we've mastered the basic card shape and we've had a discussion about some design principles, let's make an easel card. So I've gathered my supplies, and I've done some of this beforehand said that it doesn't make the video too long. I'm going to use a new a four sheet of card cut length ways to make a top folding card, and I've already scored it in the right place to get the phone. Um, so the scene that I'm going to do is a mountain hot air balloons floating over the mountains. So what I've done is I've taken a piece of card that's about 2/3 the size off the cart front, and I don't know if you could make it out. I've just sketched a mountain range in here. A men. I will cut out this mountain range very quickly. Okay, so then you end up with this piece on this piece, which slots in there. So in order to fill in any gaps, once you put it on the front, you can see there's a couple of gaps here, So in order to fill in any gaps, just flip the top piece that you cut up and it will sit nicely behind your existing, uh, mountain range and then fill in any gaps. Now I want to have one of the balloons projecting forwards, so I'm gonna put some agitate here, so I need this area to be clear. Otherwise it it wouldn't sit properly. So once you've positioned your pieces, I just basically snipped off this mountain top here so that there wouldn't be any obstruction, and then you basically color it in. So here's my colored mountains. I've used alcohol markers to do this, and then I've got a little shimmery gone over the Sno caps with a little shimmery, shimmery Patton. I've done the same for this. So you can see this is the one that I've snipped off the top in order to leave it, you know? That's it. Give me the room. I needed to put my master take down. When you're designing your card, bear in mind. You don't want anything to go come out of the this area here because otherwise it wouldn't fit in them below. You'll need a special envelope to fit things in the when you're when you're making your car , just keep that in mind. Okay, so then another thing that I've done with just plain my card, I cut out some hot air balloon shapes. So I've got three sizes. I have, Ah, large one, a medium sized one and a small one. So I've cut these out and I used these as my templates. Then I don't have to worry about I want to recreate this card. I don't have to worry about doing it again and again. So here they are. I've just colored them in again with alcohol markets, and we've got three revolutions. So the plan is that this one will be hovering over the foreground. So that's why it's the largest in the mid one. The mid sized one will just kind of slot will stick on the actual one of the mountain tops . And then I will have another piece of vegetate so that this wouldn't will be suspended in the air will give the impression of that. That's the case now for the inside of the card. So the stopper element, I just need to decide how upright I want it. So, as I said, with the, uh, previous video, you can sort of see here you could change the angle off the front partners there. How much space you have done here to work with, just by no sliding it further back or further forward. So I minds. I'm quite happy to have mine kind of halfway at the halfway point, which is, um, fairly standard. So I've just taken a piece of white paper. This is just copy paper that is the same witness the cars just again to provide the background because some of my pieces might not. There's going to be some areas where there would be white showing him. I don't want that. So that's just going to be there. And then I've got various bits of, um, card that I've come. It's in green. So I'm just gonna figure out how I want this to sit to give the impression of Rolling hills . So once you've got an arrangement that you're happy with, you couldn't stick everything down, and I'm going to use the phone tapes, the phone tape, the that I talked about earlier in the in the tool supplies list video to prop this up so that it doesn't It doesn't flight full it and that will be the stopper element. Okay, so there you can see we've got a nice the beginnings of a nice Rolling Hill scene. And the great thing about using, uh, the frame tape as well is that it cast shadows, which means that you get another a great feeling of depth. Okay, now, just turn the card over on. Trim off Any excess from the sides carefully should end up for the knife. Need scene propped up nicely. Like so. Okay, it's time to sort the front out. So I will stick this piece on first. And my guide is this flat piece here. I don't want that to go over the fold because, like I said, I'm gonna be using, um I'm going to be using acetate on the back, and that's projecting forwards. Another thing that I should mention about hesitated even though it's clear. And you using a clear glue when you add glued us that you will be able to see sort of the outlines of the glue. Um, so in those cases, you really want to try and you want to try and hide anywhere that you go to the agitate on also, Obviously, if you're card fuel for my card. I'm going to You have one of the balloons sitting up here, so I really need to put the appetite them first. So that is behind all the other stuff or the other elements. So that's nicely hidden. Like so Okay, so I'm going to put the finishing touches to my card. Starting off with this piece of appetite here. I'm just gonna trim that and then stick it to the front of the car using some double sided tape so you can see what I mean. When I was talking about the fact that you can see through the appetite So it's a good idea to hide it behind a new element. Or if you've got a big sheet of it only put live in strategic places so that you don't see on the tape all the blue through. Okay. Now for the hot air balloon. I'm gonna stick double sided tape on the back of that as well, just in the strait strip and put that down. Want to my That's a take. So Okay, so when you popped up like this, it gives the illusion that the hot air balloon is floating in the air. Put that up a bit further to make us much use of the space is possible. That's better. Okay, now I can stick my mountain stands. I'm gonna put this one down first, um, using my flat point as a guidance to where that should go. Be sure not to glue anything above this fold blind or this scoreline. Obviously, if you do, then it will not sit up properly on the 2nd 1 Smart. Just like so. Take care to line up with the edges and then we haven't already. You can feel nothing to take. Save it Looks pretty. Give a critical. So what I have done for planning to do for the large balloon is I've just got a piece of f is a This is just hesitate from some packaging and it's folded. So the plan is that I will stick it to the card like so and then attach the front like this certain it will project in front of the card. Give the illusion that it's floating in the foreground. So again, some double sided tape on this bitch Just position that just double check where I want this thinking okay, That actually too much tape One, but don't worry. Well, okay. And then we want to take on here. You can just pinch this a little bit. Hold it. Great. And then you can just open up a bit so that it flows better. So you could see, Then you get the illusion that what I believe in, it's floating in front, stops on one behind, and then we'll have the final balloon just positioned there. I might use a phone pads just to give it a bit of dimension. We're pretty much done. So when it comes to, um, putting the card in an envelope, you'll see it still will fit. Everything is still contained within the area of the cards. It was still fit, an invalid there.