Easel Card

by Beate Johns

Create a card with a built-in easel.


  • One 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock (look for alternate measurements under variation)
  • One 4 1/4" square piece of cardstock
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Additional cardstock for card inside and card front
  • Stamps, Taylored Expressions Discover your Wings used here
  • Ink and Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8".

    On a Scor-Pal, the 6 3/8" measurement is marked with a dot on the upper guide.

  2. Step 2

    Prefold all score lines.

    First fold the card in half, then fold the second score line (6 3/8") opposite from the 4 1/4" score line.

  3. Step 3

    Place cardstock on table with the 4 1/4" side down.

    Add Scor-Tape to the 2 1/8" x 4 1/4" section cardstock that is facing up.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the Scor-Tape liner and adhere the 4 1/4" cardstock square to the card base.

    Line up the top of the square with the top of the 2 1/8" x 4 1/4" section.

    This creates the easel card base.

  5. Side view

  6. Step 5

    Decorate the card front.

  7. Step 6

    Decorate the card inside.

  8. To make the easel card stand up by itself, add an embellishment or an extra layer (for this sample, it's the punched layer) the inside of your card. This that will keep the card front from closing.

    It is best to have that embellishment or layer at least 1/3" into the card from the bottom up.



  1. Regular card size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
    Vertical card
    Start out with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock and score at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4". Your card front piece will measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2.
    Horizontal card
    Start out with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock and score at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8". Your card front piece will measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

    Other card sizes
    You can make any card size into an Easel card.
    Your Easel base will measure two times the height of the card front.
    For a 3" x 6" card start out with a 6" square for the easel base. Score at 3" (height of finished card) and 1 1/2" ( 1/2 of height of card).

  2. Circular Easel Card
    - Cut a circular card base out with die templates. To do that, fold your cardstock in half, and line up the side with the fold so that part of that fold won't be cut.
    - Score one of the circle card sides in half and fold the other half up.
    - Add adhesive to the folded up 1/2 circle.
    - Adhere another circle shape, cut with the same die you used to cut the card base, to the 1/2 circle.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Easel Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love the tutorials. This is a really cute one.
I plan on doing one right away.
Thank You so much
Patti Zawadski  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM
This is lovely, great tutorial.
stephanie  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Can't wait to try this.
Ars Longa  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM
I love the tutorials and wondered if it would be possible to have a link so I could download them in a pdf so it would be easier to save and print out so I could have it by me when I try to do this? That would make it easy to save and locate on my computer also for future reference. Thank you.
Donna  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM
Love this idea ,Thank you . Sure be making those.
Cecile  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM
What a nice card. TFS
Nadine Dunker  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:22 PM
This one is Neat! Can't wait to try one!
Cindy  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Thank you for making what seems a difficult card look easy and doable. Can't wait to give this one a go.
Veronica  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM
love this! have a Scor-Pal coming in the mail in a few days - what a perfect first project!
deanna w.  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM
Love your tutorials - so easy to follow and understand. Thank you for sharing with us smile
Mary Broussard  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM
This is a beautiful card and I love the idea of the easel card and you make it look so easy to do. can't wait to try it?
debbie  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM
I love this one!!! Can't wait to try it. I really like the video too! Do more videos!!!!!
Ginger  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM
I like the way this card is made , will use this at my next cardmaking evening. Thanks for the video. Good explanation
southpaw  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM
BEautiful card and excellent tutorial! TFS!
Diane  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM
I agree that it would be wonderful to have a pdf version of instructions like this so I could keep them on file. Lov the simplicity of this card, but it looks oh so nice. Thanks!
Lisa  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM
Thanks for sharing. I will try this right away for my mother's birthday.
Bernadette Bruenn  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM
Wow thank you for this idea I am definately going to try it.
Lee-Ann Geldenhuys  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM
Love it and the easy directions to follow!
Rachel  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 5:47 PM
Super instructions, written and filmed. Card looks fab.
Thank you,
God bless you.
Cibi  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 6:17 PM
Thanks for sharing. I love your card, and your demo.
Denise  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 7:45 PM

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