This is a tutorial for a simple easel card base that you can use to make all sorts of standup cards.
This one turned out to be not a favorite of mine but it is an essential base card template to have in your arsenal if you are a serious card making. I’m not sure I’m serious but I certainly enjoying exploring new grounds in card making.
This is so basic, you don’t actually need a cutting machine to make the most basic easel card. It can get come complicated with double easels and twisted easels but lets just start with the basics for now.
If you going to do lots of customizations, then I would advise using the cutting machine to make things go faster.
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Materials for Basic Easel Card
Cardstock – the only thing I would note here is you are going to see both sides of the base template. Some printed cardstock only has the print on one side. Just keep that in mind as you are designing. Here are some of my favorite cardstock brands:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – I use multiple glues in one project and this was no different. Here are my favorites:
Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.
Templates – The base easel card template is available in both SVG and printable PDF formats for free in my resource library. All the decorations you see in this tutorial are included in the template file as well.
Easel Card Tutorial
I cut both the base and the decorative elements using a fresh light grip blue mat. I find that one to be the easiest to clean after cutting cardstock.
Align the ends lengthwise and make a crease half way through.
Then with the side that has the larger half circle, we are going to make another crease a quarter of the way (basically fold that side in half again). I let the half circle hang out without creasing it.
On the other side of the template, there is a smaller half circle slit.
This is meant to hold the end in place so the easel sits up.
That all there is to the base, you can now decorate the base easel until the cows come home.