How to Create a Nature Sketchbook Easel Card

by Annette Green

Easel cards are big and beautiful and so easy to make. I share some tips on how to add dimension to flat die-cut shapes.


  • Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 12 x 12 papers
  • Nature Sketchbook Flower cardstock Die-cuts
  • Blue and black cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Foam tape
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Scoring tool
  • Large ball stylus and soft mat
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Create your card base. Cut black cardstock 6" x 12". Turn horizontal and score at 3" and 6". Adhere a 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" blue cardstock square to bottom portion and a 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece to middle.

    Step 2

    Cut a 6" x 6" black cardstock square, then 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" blue cardstock piece. Adhere.

    Step 3

    Cut yellow pattern paper 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and another strip 5 1/4" x 1/2". Trim along the honeycomb pattern. Ink all edges with Vintage Photo ink. Save the large excess paper for later.

    Step 4

    Cut red pattern paper 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" and adhere to square unit from Step 2. Adhere the yellow honeycomb strip as shown.

    Step 5

    On the front side of the extra yellow honeycomb paper are these bees. Cut two pieces: 5 1/4" x 3" and 5 1/2" x 2 1/2". Ink edges.

    Step 6

    Adhere the 5 1/4" long bee paper to card front. Cut out the "Life is the Flower..." cut-apart, ink edges and adhere.

    Step 7

    Onto the card base, adhere the yellow honeycomb paper from Step 3 to the bottom portion, then the bee paper to the middle as shown.

    Step 8

    Fold on the score lines then place double-sided adhesive to the folded over 3" portion.

    Step 9

    Peel and stick. You'll be adhering the 6" x 6" unit to only the 3" portion like this.

    Step 10

    Cut some pretty border strips 5 1/2" long. Then fussy cut a butterfly.

    Step 11

    Adhere the strips to your card base as shown.

    Step 12

    Cut another border strip 5 1/2" long and place foam tape on the back. This piece will serve as the stopper to prop up your easel card.

    Step 13

    Adhere the strip just above the other border strips as shown. Cut out a journaling card and adhere. This is where you can write a message in your card.

    Step 14

    When you open up the card, it props up nicely against the raised border strip.

    Step 15

    Pop out some flowers and circles from the die-cuts sheet and ink around the edges.

    Step 16

    From the big green flower, cut off the petals to create leaves.

    Step 17

    Shape the flowers to give them dimension using a large ball stylus in a stirring motion like this video shows.

    Step 18

    Repeat on each petal of each flower.

    Step 19

    Score each "leaf" down the center then ink the edges and along the score line. Pinch each leaf at the base to add dimension.

    Step 20

    Adhere flowers onto card front as desired.

    Step 21

    See how the shaping adds dimension?

    Step 22

    Now shape your butterfly in a similar fashion.

    Step 23

    Add the leaves behind the flowers then adhere your butterfly.

    Step 24

    Here's a closer look.

    Step 25

    Adhere three bee circles with foam tape to pop them up.

    Step 26

    You can add more embellishment to your card if desired. A friend gave me this beautiful bee charm so I added it to the base of my card.

    Step 27

    The card looks so pretty when propped up. And it folds down to 6" x 6" for ease of mailing.

    Step 28

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