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!

Questions and Comments

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

Awesome! Thanks Beate!
Lisa Salkeld  |  Tue Feb 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM
I love this card and would love to make it for Mother's Day but I don't have a Scor-Pal. I do have a scoring tool. Do I still score at the same measurements measuring from left to right?

yusimi barrios  |  Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 7:23 PM
Beate, when you do a tutorial video it makes me what to go do a card, you let me know everything I need, thanks for all you so.
Bonnie Epps  |  Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM
Hi Beate - Love this and can't wait to try! Curious why you use score tape? Is it better than sticky strip or double sided scotch tape? Where can I find it? Thanks for all you share! Your tutorials are GREAT! I found this one from Mary Fish's blog. Stamp ON! -- Sandy
Sandy Elliott  |  Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM
Hi Sandy,
I LOVE Scor-Tape because you can rip it, it's as strong as red liner tape and when you take the backing off, it doesn't cling to you. Click on the word Scor-Tape in the supply list and it will take you directly to the Scor-Pal store.
beate  |  Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 9:29 AM
Hi Beate,

I love the desk top calendar and can't wait to make one for my desk! The question I have is did you purchase the calendars for it or is there a template somewhere? I have been searching the site but haven't been successful in finding one.

Happy Stampin!

Audrey  |  Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM
I love your card and the tutorial was easy to follow. I don't have a score pal and was still able to make this card. I have made a couple for Easter and I am now hooked! Thanks for sharing!!!
Rebecca  |  Mon Mar 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM
what size envelope would you need....any directions on making the envelope to fit the easel card.?
caroline  |  Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 8:57 PM
Beate - thank you for a brilliant tutorial. Have just spent a happy hour + on your blog and now come here to get the 'paper' instructions. Love your clear instructions whether video or the written word. Just gotta do it !!
Petal  |  Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 4:34 AM
Love the Card, made one for my niece's 2nd Birthday.
Jackie  |  Mon May 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. This tutorial is most helpful
and the card is lovely.

Becky K.
Becky K.  |  Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM
Thank you so much for the written instructions, pictures, and video! This looks easier to make than I thought it would be. I appreciate the lesson.
Kate  |  Sat May 22, 2010 at 6:15 AM
I love it! I do tea bag folding, and it will work well on this card. THANKS
Little Nancy  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM
For Little Nancy, latest comment on this Easel Card.
Would love to know how you can work the teabags folds into the easel card. Thanks for any tips,
Cibi  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 4:58 PM
Just made one of these and loved it, but mailed it off before I scanned it, darn! I wonder if anyone can point me to a tutorial for making a 4 1/2 inch square envelope to match???
Lisa  |  Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM
can you tell me where I can view the video of this Easel card
Ferne Mason  |  Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM
sure can Ferne. Easel card video and written instructions are here, on splitcoast stampers. Type words into search line, and you will get great help. Enjoy it. It's easy, but looks really effective. Bye, Cibi
Cibi  |  Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM
i enjoy talent very much ,i thank you sharing. you are one of my favorites.
nylin tennessee  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 4:19 PM
thanks for the directions... I am making an easel card for my Funstamper's Maker & Shaker Trade!
Rose  |  Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM
I think this is a wonderful card and would like to make a 5x7" card can you tell me the instructions for that?
Vicky  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

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