Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3D Easel card, with aperture scene by Fran

Hello!  It's Fran here.  Today I'd like to show you a twist on the easel card which is so popular at the moment as it's so easy to make.  I thought it was perfect for propping up this little 3D aperture scene and it all  folds flat so will fit in an envelope.

So, here's how I did it. (click on photos for closer view)

  • Stamps Used: store stamp kit 'Blooming Spring' for Oakley, Willow and the sentiment.  The birdtable and the flowers are from the 'Birdie Love' stamp kit
  • Regular white cardstock for stamping/colouring on
  • patterned cardstock for the background (I've used MME 'Bella bella') and coloured cardstock for decorating
  • cardblank 6x6 or cardstock to make your own
  • your choice of ink & colouring medium (I've used Memento inks & Copics with bit of Sakura glaze pens in places)
  • Craft knife, DS tape, 3D foam, border punches, distress inks and various flourish stamps and stickles for decorating

Using the cardstock you normally use to stamp/colour with, cut piece 5.5" by 8".  Score along the long side at 0.75", 1.5", 6.5", 7.25" as shown  (Basically a 5x8 rectangle in the middle with 2 strips measuring 0.75" either end).
Once you are ready to fold it, it should fold and look like this but you may want to keep it flat until you've done the next stage.

With the strips running top and bottom, stamp as shown; First Oakley, then mask him and stamp the birdtable behind him on the left.  Then done the right edge, randomly stamp the flowers.  I've then drawn straight lines around the edges between the images to create the frame.  Using craft knife, just cut all the way around - I like to leave a thin border as I find this easier then cutting right up to the edge and as long as it looks even you don't have to be too exact :)  On a separate piece of card stamp & cut out Willow.  Colour both in.


Cut out your background piece of card stock 5.5" x5.75".  Stamp sentiment and decorate as you wish then add Willow on with 3D foam. This is also when you want to finish decorating the aperture frame with Oakley on it.  On mine, I've stamped some flourishes along the bottom, inked around the edges, added strip of decorative paper to the strip near the top and used border punch on the top edge.    It is then ready to stick together.

You want to turn the frame to the reverse and stick DS tape to the bottom strip and stick it behind the piece with Willow on as shown in photo.   You then want to add DS tape to the strip at the top (on mine this is where I have used my Martha Stewart 'Iron fence' border punch) before you fold this over and back onto Willow to complete your little aperture scene like so . . .
I've then stuck this to a piece of brown cardstock slightly bigger than 5.5x5.75, but this is optional.  Leave to one side.


Then it's just making the base easel card (just a regular card blank with fold in the middle as shown) then decorate the inside as shown (this is what also keeps it standing when you open it up). My card base is 6x6.

5. Then just add DS tape to the bottom half and stick your finished aperture scene frame to it and you'll get this . .
Here's another photo from different angle
and a close up shot of the cute couple

And just to prove it does all fold down relatively flat  . .

Well, I hope you've enjoyed your visit and hope it's given you some ideas.  Have fun!



  1. Wow this is stunning Fran, thanks for the awesome Tutorial, going to have to give one of these a try.
    Sue x

  2. Wow! Love the dimension! Great tutorial, too!

  3. I love this tutorial. I have never tried one before but will look forward to it. Thanks a bunch.

    xoxo hugz

  4. Wow this is so gorgeous - thanks for this tutorial.
    Beccy x

  5. Thanks for a super totorial, Fran - I shall have to give this one a try.
    Diane x

  6. wow! this is amazing, Fran! love the dimension, too! thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Thank you for sharing such a lovely card! Great tutorial! Fairly certain I'll have to give that one a go!

  8. Simply stunning Fran...... hugs ~ Ali x ~

  9. Wow this is amazing, totally awesome!!

  10. Wow, this is amazing Fran, simply stunning! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.

  11. What a great idea. Wonderful card. Thank you for sharing. God bless!

  12. Thank you so much for shering your AMAZING(!!!) idea/
    Dana Gal

  13. WOWIE! Stunning Fran! I would love to try this. What a fantastic idea!!!!! Beautiful!
    Hugs, Dena

  14. Wonderful, thank you for the tutorial!
    hugs, Alina

  15. Wow Fran!! This is stunning!! Loves the frame and the colours you have used. Perfect with the flowerstamp up on the right side:))
    Hugs, Camilla.

  16. What a brilliant idea and such an unusual card, must give this a try, x

  17. Gorgeous work Fran! Love it! Will have to give it a try someday :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. Magnifique cart,,,super tutorial .Merci beaucoup.

  19. Hé Fran,
    Belle carte, bon à savoir !
    Je vais peut-être aussi essayer !
    Merci pour l'exemple que tu nous donne !
    Françoise (Belgique)

  20. Precioso tutorial, muy edicativo. Gracias. Saludos.

  21. This card is beautiful! So many wonderful details. Thanks for posting this great tutorial!

  22. That is amazing just brilliant

  23. That is amazing just brilliant


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