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Friday 22 November 2019

Vintage Easel Card - Creative Cardmarking

Vintage Easel Card with Tim Holtz products
Hi everyone, Nikki here to share an idea for this months Creative Cardmaking post. I am not normally one for fancy card folds but I recently saw a version of this card and thought it would make a great 'special' Christmas card.

The card is based on a square - so any size could be used. I used a 6 inch square card. I added an extra fold at 1 1/2 inches. All I then needed to do was remove the corners. I marked in pencil at 3 inches along the short edge and cut to the additional fold. I could then mirror this at the other end easily.
 You can see in my picture above some extra bits of card. There are 2 squares to fit the base and the easel part of the card, and an extra piece for the inside, although I used cream card in the end as you can see below.
I covered my 2 squares with some Christmas themed paper - I added a little ink to the edges. I didn't have quite enough and wanted an extra bit for my greeting on the base so I cut a square out of the top piece and replaced with the cream square stamped with some Christmas words.
The focal point on the card is the Poinsettia - I die cut several layers from Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die and used Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress inks to colour.

Tim's Holiday Greens dies were used to add some Holly and greenery behind the Poinsettia - again I used Distress Inks (Pine Needles and Mowed Lawn) to get some colour variation.

I chose one of the greetings from Tim Holtz stamp set Festive Overlays - stamped on card and then layered before using foam pads to raise this - so the easel stands up!
And it also folds flat - well it would if the flower wasn't a little dimensional - but I found it would still - just - go in the envelope which came with the card - but I won't be putting it in the post!
Now to decide who to give it to!
Thanks for stopping by today. Our latest challenge - Window on Your World - still has 2 weeks to run as there are 5 Fridays this month. That also means we will be back next week with Tag Friday.

In the meantime - have a great weekend.


  1. it is a very special card indeed, Nikki. You have showcased the card design fabulously with your wonderful use of Christmas papers , words and gorgeous poinsettia . Whoever you choose to give it to will, I'm sure love it .

    Off to pin this beauty to our board .
    A x

  2. Oh, that's such a clever structure, Nikki - thanks so much for sharing the details. Perfect for those packs of cards we've probably all got stashed in the stash! I love the papers (and how you managed to eke them out), and your poinsettia is magnificent.
    Alison x

  3. That's gorgeous Nikki! I love the vintage style, thankyou for sharing the details of the construction, I might just try this as the results are fab! Toni x

  4. That is one impressive card Nikki and I love how you decorated it. The fact that it will fit in the envelope (well if it was flat) is just an extra bonus too. Beautiful! Anne xx

  5. Wow, what a stunning Christmas card! The easel design looks amazing and I loved following along to see how it all came together 😀. The poinsettia centre piece with the pretty vintage style panels looks so beautiful! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  6. What a beautiful easel fold card Nikki! LOVE the papers you used and that layered poinsettia is gorgeous! XX

  7. A fabulous easel card Nikki and a great step by step too xx Love the papers, Poinsettia and sentiment xx Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  8. Amazing work, Nikki, beautiful! xoxo