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Sunday, December 18, 2011

18th Day of Crafting Christmas

Have you discovered the simplicity and great presentation of an easel card yet?  I don't know why I waited so long to try out this type of card, but I am hooked on it now!  Here I made a Christmas easel card using Squigglefly's Unconventional Christmas Tree digi image by Mark Hicks
To make your own easel card, cut a piece of 8.5x11" cardstock in half so that you have two 8.5x5.5" pieces.  Fold one piece so that you have a 4.25x5.5" standard note card.  Now fold the top half horizontally in toward the center fold.  Now you have a card whose face is folded in half and kind of sticks up like a tent across your card bottom. 
You can go two ways with an easel card.  You can color an image and adhere it to the bottom half of your card, so that when you open the card (lift up the top like a tent) your image sticks up as if it were resting on an easel.  OR You can cut your second piece of carsdstock in half to match the card front's dimensions of 4.25x5.5 and adhere only the bottom half of the piece onto the bottom half of your card.  I elected to color and cut out my image and place it on my card so when it is propped open, it looks like a tree coming up from the base of the card.
Decorate as you like, but remember that to keep your top half propped up, you'll need to put something with dimension (a jewel, a flower, a sentiment adhered with dimensional dots, etc) on the bottom piece of your card (the base).  I placed a small jewel in one of the musical notes.

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