While I was working on coming up with cards for thank-yous to first responders, and cards without stamps for mail-in kits, making an easel card popped into my head. Of course, this particular card doesn’t fit into EITHER of those categories, but it will be a fun card to send to a friend. Start with an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of sturdy cardstock. Cut it in half lengthwise, score one of the pieces at 1.5″ and 5.5″, and fold at both score lines in the same direction . It should look like this. Cut the other, unscored half sheet in half; you will need one of the resulting 4.25×5.5″ sheets. Decorate this as desired. This will be your card front. In my case I used butterfly diecuts. The top layer was cut from printed paper to give it some variety of color.
Apply glue to the small flap, and attach the bottom of your card front to this glued area, lining them up carefully.
Decorate the inside of the card. I stamped a 3.5x 4 inch piece of white cardstock with a sentiment and placed that at the top of the inside. Then you will need a stopper- something to prop your card front against. Since I had a two-part sentiment, I used the second part for my stopper, but you could use a small diecut or stamped image. It needs to have a bit of height, to catch the card front, so I raised it with foam dimensional pads. Now, when you open the card, and prop up the front, it looks like this:
I finished my card off with a few rhinestones, but you could add stamps or diecuts. I kept this one simple for the sake of illustration, but your card could have multiple layers on the front, ribbons and other embellishments, and designer papers.
I hope this inspires you to make a card to brighten up a friend’s day. Until the coronavirus “lockdown” lifts, we could all use a little extra sunshine! Thanks for stopping by.