Tuesday 5 January 2016

Four Way Easel Card

This card looks far more complicated to make than it actually is and has the advantage that it folds flat for posting.  I made it 15cm x 15cm, but any square can be used for the base; adjust the other measurements accordingly.

 I used a heavy weight piece of white card for the base (15cm x 15cm).  The mechanism is made from 4 pieces of lighter weight white card (15cm x 7.5cm); scored and folded in half, then one half scored and folded on the diagonal to make each easel.  For the toppers, I cut 8 pieces of pearlescent purple card 7.5cm x 7.5cm and 8 pieces of pale pink paper (7cm x 7cm).  
The corners of the pink paper were shaped using the 'cloud' side of the Corner Chomper by WeRMemory Keepers.  I also cut two pieces of white stamping card (5cm x 5cm); shaped the corners to match and stamped them with two of the sentiments from the Dawn Bibby Designs shoe and handbag stamp sets.  Two of the pink toppers were stamped with handbags from the same set using Black Tuxedo Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers.  
The toppers were layered up.  The flat part of each mechanism section was glued into place to form a pin wheel effect (with the corners of the folded sections towards the centre) and the four 'plain' toppers were added to hide the base and cover the white; at this point they were trimmed if necessary to fit into place.  The four decorated toppers were glued onto the top of each folded section only so that when flat they look as they do in the photograph.  Finally, two of the shoes were stamped onto white card; coloured to match using ProMarkers and stuck onto opposite corners of the base.  They are purely for decoration, as each easel section holds up the next, when all the sections are raised.  As you can see, the whole card folds flat and fits into a 6" x 6" envelope for posting.


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