Today is my daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Seona) and following our five year tradition I have hopped on the big silver bird to Sydney (Australia) to spend her birthday week with her.
And also following our five year tradition I have made a special birthday card for her and I’m sharing it with you here. I reckon you are practically one of the family by now.
I love all the different cards I’ve made for Seona’s birthday over the years and I particularly love the challenge of coming up with something fresh and new each year.
This year I took my inspiration from a card design I found in my DoCrafts Creativity magazine, which is my favourite papercraft magazine as it shows you projects that are beautiful, interesting and – most importantly – easily doable.
I’m a bit in love with these easel cards at the moment because they look complicated but they’re actually very easy to make.
How to make this Easel Card
- Open your blank card and fold one of the sides inwards to the centre fold.
- Cut three strips of patterned paper and stick them to three strips of cardstock that are just slightly larger than the paper. Tip: make sure your cardstock strips are no longer than the width of your card.
- Create a background piece by layering another piece of patterned paper onto some the same card stock you used for your three strips. Tip make sure that the size of the finished background piece is wider than the size of the three strips when laid on the card front. You want to be able to see see it peeking out behind them.
- I then made a custom background to sit immediately behind my focal image. Cut a piece of white cardstock to size. On a smooth non-porous surface (a sheet of acrylic transparency is perfect) make a couple or three swipes across with different colors of water based distress ink pads such as Tim Holtz Distressed Inks.
- Now the fun part. Start swiping your white cardstock around the inked surface until it’s covered by the inks. You should have a lovely marbled effect. If you’re a bit timid the first time you do it, don’t worry. Just do it over again until you’re happy with the result.
- Dry off the cardstock: either leave it to one side until it dries or speed the process along by using your heat gun. Don’t get too close with the tool and if the card curls up with the heat just turn it over and give it a burst on the back to straighten it out.
- Apply one of the colored inks around the edge of the cardstock to give it some extra definition and voila, you’ve made your own patterned background.
- I didn’t stop there though. I put the card through my embossing machine to add some extra texture. If you don’t have an embossing machine or hand embossing tool don’t worry. You’ve still got a great looking card without it.
I used some die cuts for the focal image of this card but you can create your own focal image by stamping onto cardsctock, coloring in the image and cutting around it.
- Place your blank card in front of you with the fold at the top. Mount the horizontal background strip onto the front.
- Now mount the three vertical strips on top of the background strip making sure that you only glue the bottom half so that nothing is stuck above the fold you created in the top of the card.
- And now mount the background you made yourself on top using foam mounts or foam tape to add dimension.
- Finally mount your focal images including a sentiment which you can stamp on a separate piece of cardstock and cut out.
For the inside.
- Cover the inside of the back of the card with a patterned paper.
- Stick a strip of grosgrain ribbon across the card just below the centre (remember the fold is at the top)at the point where you want your front panel to be supported.
- Add some little flowers and some bling and you’re done. I used white paper flowers which I colored by dabbing with the inks I used for the front of the card to coordinate the elements.
You may not have all the equipment I used to make this card. But even without it you will still get a magnificent looking card and it’s really quite simple to do.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Oh and don’t forget to wish Seona a Happy Birthday.
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And if you think this is all a bit fiddly for you, why not try digital scrapbooking? you can find out all about it by clicking the image below.