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.

Fantastic, love it, but then I love all your cards. The directions are excellent too, so easy to follow.
Jean  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 8:46 PM
Hi Beate,

Such a cute, adorable card! Love these colors.

I have a question about how to upload some mini calendars I've made. How do I put my name on them like it shows on SCS? I've never put anything on SCS because I usually "case" others wonderful projects but these are all my own designs & I would like to share them.

Thank you so much. I love SCS and look forward every Wednesday for my SCS newsletter!

Patricia Morrow  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM
Thanks for the video, Beate! I can't wait to try an easel card. What a great idea.
Cynthia  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 12:25 AM
Really nice card. Have to try it.
Emillie Boyd  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 7:21 AM
I love your tutorials, Beate; awesome projects and you make everything perfectly clear. Also, I hope you don't mind, but I think your accent is really cute! grin

TinyAcorns  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 7:24 AM
Where did you get the stamp you used? Enjoy doing this card Thanks for the video
southpaw  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM
Check the supply list and click on the highlighted stamp set name. It will take you directly to Taylored Expressions, the maker of the stamp set.
beate  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 11:46 AM
I would also like to be able to download the tutorial. Word or Pdf would be great. Thanks
lnt  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM
Love this tutorial! I will be trying this technique very soon!
Heather Gates  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM
I made a card using this idea, and I am very pleased with the result .... I'll have to do more on this theme, for sure. Many thanks.
Pat  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM
What a great tutorial, Beate! Tell me about Scor-Tape. How does it compare to "white tape" also sold as Super Adhesive Tape? Thanks!!
CherylQuilts  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM
my friend made me one , I love it
barbara  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM
Thank you so much for this easy to follow tutorial
Lynne Reed  |  Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 6:01 AM
Thank you so much for sharing. I wanted to make some desk calendars for my customers and this will be perfect for them!
Diana  |  Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM
Oh my goodness, I finally found someone from my own hometown !! This tutorial is wonderful and I was just getting ready to try the card when I read your profile!.
Sondra Kolner  |  Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM
Please send me your emails - I can print to PDF and email them to you. Please EMAIL them to [email protected] I loved this tutorial and have made a ton!
Ashley  |  Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM
Love it!! You make everything so easy and clear!! THANK YOU BEATE!!!!
Jeannie  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 8:50 AM
Love this video. I just gave this one a try and it was so easy, yet looked like it took much more time. You are the best! Thanks.
Jan D.  |  Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM
Thanks for the instructions. I've seen several samples on Splitcoaststampers but never the instructions. Finally I get to make one.
Linda Britten  |  Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 3:58 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to make these wonderful tutorials, beautiful card, off to play, take careX:)
Annette Bowes  |  Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

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