Hello everyone, I’m Donna Wright and so pleased to be here again with a Wednesday tutorial. My card this time is an easel card made using the accordion rectangle die. This card is a 6″ x 6″ card when folded flat.
First, to make the frame, die cut a page with the Rectangle Accordion die from a piece of patterned cream cardstock and snip out the centre and the tabs on the outside, leaving just a rectangular frame.
Next, make the easel card. Fold a piece of patterned 12 x 6 cardstock in half, then open it up and fold one half in half again. Place the card with the quarter fold in place on your cutting sandwich base. I used a piece of washi tape to keep the decorator rectangle die from the Rectangle Accordion set in place while I ran it through the cutting machine. I placed the side of the die just past the fold to ensure that it would cut all the way through the fold.
After die cutting, unfold the card and you will now have a hole in the front piece of your card which is double the size of the rectangle die you just used. Run a line of glue or the 3mm ECD adhesive tape around the outside half of the hole and stick your cream frame in place. (*NOTE* No adhesive should be used around the other half of the hole – the large frame needs to be able to stand up when the card is displayed)
To help the easel card stand up I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs Stand up Helper die. I placed the die about a quarter of the way up the base of the patterned 12×6 cardstock.
To decorate I added the All Seasons Tree and Poppy the Owl. I also used the decorator Happy Birthday script dies plus one of the Ring Frame Edge dies suspended across the opening as bunting.
Operate the card by lifting the top half of the card, folding into a tent shape and securing behind the Stand Up Helper tab.
I also added tiny clothespins and a Katie Label for a place to write a personal greeting. Using the Accordion dies as frames for Easel Cards is a great way to get more variety from your die sets.
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