Monday, 9 September 2013

Easel Arch Card Tutorial

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The end of summer means the start of birthdays, the build up to both Halloween & Christmas, sitting in a warm house, crafting away & back to making cards. I've been asked how I make my Easel Arch cards, they are far simpler than they look & can be made in any size.

Whats an Easel Arch card?
An arch card that stands up using the principal of an easel card.

What do you need?
2 sheets of card
An image/topper
Sticky stuff (I use double sided tape)
Something to cut with (I use a guillotine)
Something to help you fold (I use a scoring board)

How to make the card
Take a piece of card & cut to the size that you want your finished card to be. Then cut the other piece of card to the same WIDTH as this, leaving the length.
Cut the top into a semi circle, this can be with a punch, plate & knife, a circle die half hanging off your cutting plates, a circle cutter, whatever works for you - this time I used a friends patterned circle punch.
Do the same to the bottom of the other piece of card.

Now you need to complete the arch shape, I do this by putting a circular die in the center of the semi circle, cutting it out & then using the guillotine to carefully cut from the bottom up in line with the circle so you get 2 pillars, be careful not to cut all the way - it should end up looking like this...

Now you need a couple of measurements, measure the length from the bottom of the arch to the bottom of the pillar, like this
Its better to be a little bit under with this measurement than over.
Now get your other piece of card. measure 1 inch (2.5cm) from the bottom of the arch & put a fold straight across here. Then add your measurement from the 1st piece of card here & make another fold, add this measurement again after the fold & cut across here to shorten the card (I'll show you a photo in a moment, bare with me)

Take your first piece of card & measure across the pillar.
You need to cut columns the same width as this on your second piece of card. Cut from the top on your second piece of card (the unarched part) down to the second fold on both sides of the card remembering to use your measurement to define the width of these new columns. Then cut along the second fold, in between the columns so it looks like this....
Add sticky to the bottom "flaps" of the columns (from the first fold down)
Stick the acetate onto the back of your first piece of the card.
Then stick this onto the 2nd piece of card, nice side up, so the bottoms & sides of the columns line up like this....
 If you now flip it over & fold it up it should look like this ....
Now you need to decorate it remembering to put 2 raised embellishments in front of the columns, just over an inch from the folds so that they catch on them when its stood up. On mine I used a couple of ribbon roses.

Ta daaaa, you are all done! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section or click on "Contact me" at the top right of my blog, I'll be happy to answer you.

There are many variations you can make for all sorts of different occasions, you can emboss the card for a different look, remove the acetate & suspend things from the arch, I'd love to see what you come up with so if you do have a go please send me a link so I can see it.

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  1. What a delightful card . so sweet. uscrappers name lemonblossom

  2. Stunning card - Love it, hug Sarah (Butterbee UKS)

  3. A great tutorial, thanks for sharing :) Kitty Crafts UKS

  4. great tutorial and beautiful card thanks for sharing uks simplyme

  5. great tutorial and love the idea. Thank you for showing xx

  6. Fab tutorial, thanks for sharing

    scoobiesue - UKS

  7. Lovely clear instructions .. and a great card. Lots of inspiration here, Thank You.

  8. Wow, that really is stunning x UKS Wonky

  9. Oh how pretty and how clever!
    Sue (MiniOwner)

  10. What a great tutorial for a very effective style of card - thanks for sharing your technique.

    PaulineD UKS

  11. Super card, never seen one like this before, thanks for sharing.

    UKs susibee

  12. Lovely card and great tutorial K. Scarymary555 on UKS

  13. What a cutie of a card - thank you for sharing the instructions.

    Toni xx (misteejay on UKS)

  14. Great tutorial - love your card!

    UKS chrisrydal

  15. Superclear tutorial, thanks so much.

    AliTS on UKS

  16. What a gorgeous card, I love the sunflowers and the bee not to mention the unusual arch easel technique. Thanks for making it easy to follow! :)

    UKS Violaceous

  17. You are waaaaay too clever for me LOL! Your card is lovely ....

    Mole UKS

  18. Beautiful card, fabulous tutorial!

    Thanks for sharing

    UKS Aurora

  19. Wow not sure you've sold me on the easier than it looks! But boy it looks impressive, JoPink

  20. So clever thanks for sharing
    UKs lelly

  21. very impressive, tfs.
    and you managed to get halloween and christmas in the same sentence without me twitching.
    UKS akilli_melek

  22. Very cleverly done! UKS mrst

  23. Oh WOW, this is fabulous, thanks for showing us how :)

  24. That is SO clever K - looks far more complicated than that! TFS
    Jemma (aka Jimjams)

  25. Gorgeous!
    My favourite so far!

  26. Beautiful card! Very effective :) gemmasteele on uks

  27. you are so talented and clever... I think you should try video tutorials next as you are so fab! (Furrypig on UKS too!)

  28. Ahhh cute card, you'd be able to make numerous scenes with this design


  29. Love this unusual card, thanks for the tutorial

  30. This is such a good tutorial. I have never made one of these but am inspired to try

  31. A stunning card and an easy to follow turorial,thank you for the inspiration

  32. Hello Me **waves**

  33. Brilliant card and great instructions.

    Lyn M UKS Lyn55

  34. Thank you for sharing, clear instructions much appreciated!

  35. Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
    Jude (hollybank)

  36. Wow that's amazing! Fab card K, love it! Thanks very much xx UKS: ScrapHappyNiki

  37. Great idea for a card that's a bit different, thanks for sharing.

  38. Oooo That is such a cool idea

    uks darm

  39. Wow! What a lovely card. Must give this a try.
    Alimad - UKS

  40. Thank you for the tutorial (jo.bee)

  41. oooh! That is lovely! Happy hopping, jenx

  42. Wow. Very clever. Tanks for sharing. Kjjc

  43. Liking this take on easel cards, an impressive way to make something different but not tricky :)

  44. Such a pretty card. Thanks for sharing the tutorial (Jacqui200284 on uks) :)

  45. Aww that is such a cute card. UKS Hedgie

  46. That should say 'fabby' lol x

  47. Wow! That's such an amazing tutorial - I'll have to have a little attempt at this one!

    Loving the little sneak peeks of you in the reflective card x



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