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.

Love this card ,many thanks
olive  |  Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM
This is great! I've failed at this before, but now I know I can make it work! Thanks!
Janice Hatt  |  Thu Dec 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM
thanks for sharing this tutorial...can't wait to try it. found it thru the Ippity Hip Hop today!
Lynn D  |  Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM
Would love to make this easel card as a ATC.
Can you give me the dimensions and where to score for an ATC ?
Sharon Schneider  |  Tue Jan 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM
It's hard to find different ideas after 20 years. This is great! Thanks.
auntallie2  |  Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 6:53 AM
Thanks for the video, I always wanted to know how to do an easel card...thís´ll be my next card! lol
Chinachips  |  Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 4:56 AM
Thank you so much for the video now I get how to make this card. I am going to be making one of these tonight
Ann Marie  |  Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 11:25 PM
thank you for showing the easel card I am trying it tonight. love the look

marlene geiger  |  Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM
such a lovely card
May Bradley  |  Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM
I would love to recieve tutorials to my e-mail you show the best stuff and the directions are great
Leta Cain  |  Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM
I have a huggy board can I use that in stead of the one you are using
June  |  Thu Jul 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Gostaria muitíssimo de possuir o material de trabalho que você expõe neste seu vídeo,http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/easelcard/ - todos estes com códigos, exemplo: 109043, 104403,etc. Como fazê-lo? Para não pagar impostos tenho que, a cada compra e, junto ao frete, não exceder $ 50,. Poderia ajudar-me? Há uma outra opção para mim? E, com imposto e frete, quanto eu teria que disponibilizar?
Grata por sua atenção.
ednolia maria meneses lobo  |  Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Pôxa! Amei você !!!! O seu tutorial é magnífico. Faz com que uma leiga como eu entenda direitinho. Agora é tentar com o material que aqui tenho e que não são nada práticos, mas...
Agradeço-lhe de coração, o modo que ensina-nos com tanto zelo e peço muitas bênçãos para você.
Com carinho,
ednolia maria meneses lobo  |  Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Great tutorial, I have been wondering how these lovely cards were made, have just done a few trials using scraps and they look pretty good! Will try with some good card and toppers tomorrow. Thank you
Laraine21  |  Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 4:21 PM
I loved
betania bastos  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:18 AM
Thank you for your very clear instructions.So easy to understand
Hazel Wiley  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM
Great i love to watch your tutorials you make things appear so easy.
DIANE  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM
DIANE  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM
I shared your link on my blog. It helped me a great deal. Thanks so much. If you have time it would be great if you stopped by. http://creating-with-the-js.blogspot.com/2011/11/dinosaur-easel-card.html
Jen  |  Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Very nice, I may try this when I have time.
Rita T.  |  Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

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