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.

Thanks so much for the detailed instructions and especially the video this is quite simple once you get it right but having the right instructions makes all the difference!!
Just love these little cards now, they are so cute and look fab!!
beetle76  |  Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 1:15 AM
Loved the card and demo, I am going to try this with the Christmas card's I make.
Thank you so much for this great idea.
Sharon DiPaola  |  Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM
Love it, I need to get one of those scor-pals thinguis....Gina
Gina f  |  Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM
I love your card, it look like so easy with your video. I have one question for you, I like very much the work you made around the card for the finishing like knit . We saw some dots but you are something different and beautiful . Can I have a tuto for that please I am beginning person.
Ginette  |  Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 6:09 PM
I love videos smile, I just understand things better, and this was great, thanks.
Rebekka  |  Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 8:47 AM
Just love your card...I will be trying it today.....
Thanks Sue
sue  |  Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM
I will have to have a play with this one, thank you so much for sharing your great ideas.
Hugs Lady Anne
Lady Anne Howard  |  Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 12:28 AM
Your card is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing:)
Tammie  |  Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 1:09 PM
Wow, very cool!!! Love the design & great video as well, super helpful. I definitely plan to give this a try, thank you! smile

Kris  |  Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 9:06 PM
This is the easiest to understand tutorial I've seen in a long time!! THANKS SO MUCH!!
Virginia Johnson  |  Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM
This is a wonderful Idea! Thanks for showing this to me.
I did see it on You Tube for the first time.
Many thanks.
greetings from Holland,
Ineke van den Akker
Ineke van den Akker  |  Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 5:27 AM
I don't have an URL-sorry.

Thank you so much for giving us tutorials. If it wasn't for them, and everyone's sharing and patience here, I would never have started stamping, card making, bookmark making, and doing an album on Patter's Scripture Challenge.

I have learned so many things, and I hope that you will please continue them.

I really appreciate having them. And I appreciate the time and effort of the person making them.

He IS ABle,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Love it! The trend is certainly doing the inside of cards. Can't wait to give it a try.
Joyce (Ashjoy)  |  Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM
AWESOME!!! Thanks so much!
Stephanie  |  Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM
I just love this card template! And I am so grateful for the video because I am terrible at following pictures but when I worked along with the video, it came together perfectly. Thanks so much!!
Beth  |  Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 12:42 PM
Oh my, is this a pretty card making a great statement. I'm trying this one asap. Suzie
Suzie Way  |  Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM
Hi Beate,

Is there any way to make these if you do not own a scor-pal? I have a crafter's companion, but there are no measurements on the piece. I could easily mark them, but they are equal in size. Thank you so very much! I really want to make these cards!

In His Love,
Traci Starkweather
Traci Starkweather  |  Mon Feb 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Hi Traci,
You can make it with whatever scoring tool you have. Just score at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8".
beate  |  Tue Feb 2, 2010 at 7:38 AM
Dear Beate,

Thank you so much for letting me know. I think this is a wonderful way to make/display cards!

Appreciate you!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Thu Feb 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM
love it will make wonderful place cards for tables maaking it a little smaller
marian  |  Sat Feb 6, 2010 at 8:43 PM

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