Thursday, October 8, 2009

Beware! Beware!

I am so excited to show you this Easel card today! I found the design on Becca's blog and knew it would be perfect to highlight this Halloween scene I was working on. I was inspired by this card by Vicki

I'll show you how I made my easel card. There are two pieces - the image front and the folded base. My finished card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" so my base is 11 x 5 1/2. I scored along the 11" edge at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".

Then you fold on the scores to make the easel shape as per below.

Attach your sentiment to the base mounted on foam dimensionals so it is popped up and will hold back the easel part. Make your card front (5 1/2"x5 1/2") and adhere the bottom half of it to the easel triangle with Scor Tape.

You can see how the popped up sentiment holds the card front upright. Isn't this super? It's a great way to make a card into a beautiful decoration that you can display on a shelf or counter.

And now the deets on my fun Halloween image. The stamps are from the Halloween Party Set by Waltzingmouse Stamps. First I stamped the spooky witch and owl on the branch with black ink. Then I punched a circle from Eclipse Tape and placed it over the images. I sponged around the sky using 3 different blue inks. Then I masked the sky and sponged the moon using yellow and orange inks. Finally I cut a rolling line from Eclipse Tape and masked the ground sponging the area in dark blue. To finish it off - I stamped the bats in green flying in front of the moon. I cut the image with Petite oval nestabilities and layered it to two colors.

I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with Labels 4 Nestabilities layering it to two colors. I stamped the bats with Versamark ink so they are just a shadow behind the sentiment.

This is how the card looks closed.

You can make an Easel card any size - the base just has to be twice as long as the front image piece. For example to make a 4x4 card - your base would be 4x8 (score along 8" side at 2" and 4") and your card front would be 4x4.

These are so easy to make and look so impressive - don't you think??!!

Stamps: Halloween Party- Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: White, Oceantides, Enchanged Evening, DP Bitty Dot Basics, Hocus Pocus - PTI, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie: SU
Ink: Versamark Watermark Pad, Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou: SU, Ocean Tides: PTI, Adirondack Lemonade, Sunset Orange, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Accessories: Labels 4 Nestabilities, Eclipse masking tape, foam dimensionals, circle punch, petite oval nestabilities, Fiskars Corner star punch, Copic: YR04, saddle stitched ribbon: PTI, drippy punch: Martha Stewart.

23 comments:

Belinda said...

Oh how fun! Love the easel card idea! Perfect for a halloween invite!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, Julia...this is such a SPECTACULAR Halloween card!!!!! What wonderful images and I love the easel card design!!!! AWESOME colors, papers, and details, too!!!! Thanks for the great tutorial...I'll have to give this a try!!!!

Pam said...

gorgeous stamping!
Pam L
http://stampsinc.blogspot.com/

Donna Marie said...

I hav been waiting to try one of these!!!
Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Crystal said...

WOW Julia this is AWESOME!!! Love this whole design, thanks for the tutorial sweetie!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Super design, Julia. Thanks for the directions.

Christina said...

Stunning! Thanks for the tut on how to make one!

vdutchr said...

WOW! Julia - I am so glad you were inspired by MY card! The ultimate compliment (for me anyway. Your card turned out so awesome!

Cindy Haffner said...

Too cool, awesome job.

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! Julia, this is awesome!! What fabulous details!! HUGS

anya said...

Julia! This card is so amazing! I love love love it! I love the colors and I love the easel style! So fantastic!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Spooktabulous Julia--so fun for the holidays! Thanks for joining in on the challenge w/ us!

hugz,
Suzanne

....Linda.... said...

Beyond adorable! This is terrific - I will make an attempt at this for sure!

Claire Brennan said...

Julia, this STUNS! fabulous! thank you!

Janelle said...

Oh, my, Julia! Fantastic card!! I so have to try an easel card soon. Thanks for sharing!

Polly Pierce said...

Nice! I love the colours and the overall design - this is gorgeous...

Sharron said...

Just fantastic--the colors are so cool! And the easel looks such a fun design to try out!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic card - I just made one of these Easel cards today. You're creation is such a wonderful Halloween card and I can't think of more fitting stamps for such a spooktacular card.

Marge said...

This card is fantabulous!!! LOVE it & Claire's wonderful stamps -- some day. . .!!!

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Julia, wow, wow, wow!! Your version is awesome!!
--Hugs Becca

Jan Hunnicutt said...

That's very cool! I can't wait to try it! TFS

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

SOoooooh stunning. LOVE your technique. the image looks so soft & spooky but gorgeous too! :o)

Anne said...

Wow, great tutorial Julia! I must have missed this the first time, I'm glad you pointed us back to it!! Thanks for all the pics!!