Monday 14 September 2015

Double Twisted Easel Card

A masculine theme for this card - but the style can be adapted for any occasion.  It looks complicated but using a scoring board or a ruler makes the construction far more straight forward.

I started with a piece of black card 21cm x 21cm (8" x 8" would work just as well).  Using a scoring board, I scored the card in half and then turned it 90 degrees and scored along the half way point (but only as far as the first score line). This is the only cut line on the base card. The two quarter pieces were then scored diagonally from the centre point of the square to the outer corners - as you can see in the photo.  The other half of the panel was covered with a piece of green card.  The road was created using a piece of black card 21cm x 9cm.  The McGill double slot hand punch created the slits along the centre of the card; white satin ribbon threaded in and out created the white line of the road.  Once the ends of the ribbon had been stuck down at the back, the 'road' was added to the base card over the green panel.

For the toppers I cut 2 pieces of white card 9.5cm x 9.5 cm (3.75" x 3.75" if you are following imperial measurements).  The VW beetle and camper van were stamped using black memento ink; coloured using ProMarkers; Happy birthday peel-offs added to the number plates; then matted onto green card leaving a very narrow border, before being added to 10.5cm x 10.5cm square black base panels (or 4" x 4").

Before gluing the toppers to the road base card, fold and crease along the diagonal score lines of the base square, with the road along the bottom of the base and the flaps  on show - the toppers should only be glued onto the top triangular section of each flap. 

So that the easel sections would stand up, I stamped the sentiments onto separate pieces of card and stuck them onto the 'road' using a double layer of foam pads.  

 When folded flat to go into an envelope the wheels of the two vehicles face each other along the centre of the card.  I hope that the photos have helped make things clear as I appreciate how difficult it can be when there are only written instructions to follow!

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