Triple Easel Table Display
Finished Size: 4-1/4" x 11" x 4-1/4"
Meet one of my beautiful granddaughters, Chistine, better known as Chrissy. Chrissy is my model for today's Outfitter Project. I adore this photo I took of her last fall when we were all together for a picnic. Isn't she beautiful? (Yes, that's just me being biased! She IS my granddaughter, afterall!)
"What's an Outfitter Project?" you ask. It's been so long since we've featured one that we've all forgotten! An Outfitter Project is one that has quite a few more steps to create, or a little more advanced in technique. It can be a card or a home decor project, or even jewelry or wearable art.
This month's technique is Easel Cards. I wanted to be a little different and create something beyond the basic Easel card, so I chose a Triple Easel Card technique to create this table top photo display. I actually found the Triple Easel Card technique at the Card-making Magic by Christina website that inspired me. Christina has quite a selection of techniques to chose from, so go give her a visit when you have a minute. I love combining photographs with paper projects and when I saw the Triple Easel Card, I knew I wanted to make a photo display using it instead of a greeting card. This project would be great for a birthday gift or even a Christmas gift. Mother's Day is coming up....hint, hint! The possibilities are endless for this type of project. So let's go to the craft studio and get busy!
Inspirational quote stamp (American Art Stamp)
8.5" x 11" 80# cardstock, I used Ivory (Staples)
Stella Ruby designer papers (Basic Grey)
Light Yellow 12" x 12" cardstock (DCWV)
Rust 8.5" x 11" cardstock (Bazzill)
Light Green, Dark Green & Black scrap cardstock from stash (unknown)
Silver Metalic cardstock (Paper Temptress)
Heavy-weight Chipboard (unknown)
Onyx Black Versafine ink pad (Tsukineko)
Cricut die cutting machine (Provo Craft)
Bloom cartridge (Provo Craft)
Katie's ABCs cartridge (Provo Craft)
Big Shot die cutting machine (Sizzix)
Largest oval die from Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Largest lacey oval die from Lacey Ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Branch with Leaves die (Sizzix)
Floral Vines Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (Sizzix)
Yellow Stickles (Ranger)
Crystal Stickles (Ranger)
Dark Orange Studio G glitter glue (Hampton Arts)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Quickie Glue pen (Sakura)
Paper Cutter (Fiskars)
Ruler (Tim Holtz)
To create the base, I used a full sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" 80# cardstock. Score down the center, lengthwise at 4-1/4". I created a pattern to follow, shown below with the measurements. This way, I don't have to mark up my cardstock and have the possibility of lines showing on my work.
- Score and fold the cut pieces in half, bringing the edges to the center fold. I used my paper cutter with a stylus to score the fold line. Then cut the other lines with the paper cutter being very careful not to cut beyond the fold.
- Cut panels the width of each panel by 4.5". Two of my panels are 3-5/8" x 4-1/2" and the third panel is 3-3/4" x 4-1/2". (Note: If you were making a card, you would want to be sure that the panels are a bit smaller to fit when the card is folded when mailed. And, this card is extra-large and will take a large envelope with more postage to mail.) Cut the layers for the panels about an 1/8" smaller than the base panel.
- Do not attach the layers together yet. If you want to embellish them, you'll want to do that before adhering so any brads, eyelets, and such will be hidden on the back to keep your display nice and tidy. On the photo above you can see that I used the embossing folder on one panel and stamped an inspirational sentiment on it.
- I decided I wanted this one panel to look a little distressed so I used my Tim Holtz distressing tool, but a pair of scissors works just as well. (Actually the distressing wasn't a part of the grander plan...but when I embossed the paper, the edges came apart a bit since these folders deeply emboss. So I decided to distress the rest of the edges to make it look like it was meant to be! Just a little trick I'm passing along.)
- I decided I wanted to use some butterflies and flowers to embellish one panel, but I didn't have any butterflies to go with my stash of flowers. Then I remembered I have a Cricut! And I have a Cricut cartridge with a butterfly and a cage (Bloom). Oooooh...that will work perfectly! (Sorry, I haven't been in my craft studio for a while, nor have I created anything in ages, so I get a litle excited when I remember what I have!) I used a cut size of 3-1/4" for the cage and butterflies. If you use a Cricut to do this cut, be sure not to change the cut size for the layers or nothing will layer together correctly. Of course, you don't have to use a Cricut, any diecut butterfly and cage will work. Or even stamped butterflies cut out will work, I've done that many times when I wanted a more detailed butterfly! The butterflies, cage and flowers needed a few leafy branches, too. I placed three on the panel and one on the base to carry out the floral design from the panel. I cut out the photo with the oval die and the frame from the lacy oval die. You will notice in the finished project the lacy frame is a rust color instead of this blue. After I cut out the blue and looked at it for a while, I decided it was just too intense. I have a container of chipboard letters, but do you think I can find it? I wanted to add a monogram to the base. Since I don't live close to a craft store, I can't just run out and pick up some chipboard letters. Oh, yeah, that Cricut...and hey...I've got some cartridges with all different sorts of alphabets on them. I chose the alpha on Katie's ABCs and cut out three Cs from the rust cardstock. I layered all three together giving me the thickness I wanted as I'm going to use this as one of the stops for the center easel. I decorated it with a few crystal gems I have floating around in my stash. (You'll see a photo of the finished "C" a little later on.)
- You will notice that I cut out white butterflies for the bottom layer. This was because a) when I cut out the butterfly on black cardstock it kept cutting off one of the antennas, and b) I didn't have any black text-weight paper. What to do? Improvise, of course! I used white text-weight paper and cut out three bottom layers of the butterfly. Then I used a black ink pad and magically turned the white to black! Just make sure to use the ink on both sides of the white paper. The middle layer is cut out from some alcohol ink and watercolor backgrounds I made up years ago. The birdcage base is cut from silver metallic cardstock with black layered on top. The black cage and black butterfly wings were all cut at the same time. To adhere the layers together I used a Quickie glue pen. Throughout years of trying different techniques, I have found this pen to work the best. It's quick and you can control exactly where the glue goes, even on small narrow pieces. The glue applies in a nice even layer and it's not messy or gobby. (Is that a word? Gobby?) After the butterflies were layered together I used Crystal Stickles on the bodies to give them a little bling.
- Play around with placement of all the embellishments before adhering them to the panel. Be sure things don't extend beyond the bottom of the panel so the panel will sit correctly when standing. Since I'm not making a card, I didn't worry about the vines extending above and over the side. When happy with the placement, begin adhering everything down.
- Adhere everything to the base panels. Do not adhere the panels to the easel base just yet. While I was working on this project, I felt there just wasn't enough stability in the base to hold everything together. To fix this, I cut a piece of heavier weight chip board to the same size as the base (4-1/4" x 11") and adhered it to the bottom side of the easel base using redliner tape. If you are making a card, obviously this step would be deleted. Now go ahead and adhere the panels to the folded flaps of the base.
- Now the trickier part of the whole project - the base piece. Cut out a piece of the designer paper to fit (4-1/4" x 11") and line it up on the base. DO NOT adhere to the base yet. Play with how much slant you want in your three easel panels to determine where to place the stops on the base. I marked each with a pencil and then played a bit with the actual stop before adhering it. One stop is a brad, which is the center of one of the flowers. This brad is attached through the base (see why you don't want to adhere it yet?). Don' t attach the rest of the flowers just yet. Attach the othe two easel stops, if you are using brads, or other attachments that go through the base layer. Since my stops are glued on, I didn't attach them until after I attached the base layer to the easel base. But, remember, to keep things tidy and neat, we want those attachments that go through the layer to be hidden! Now go ahead and attach the layer to the base making sure to line everything up nice and neat with no bottom edges peaking out. (Now I will attach my stops.)
- I wasn't sure how I wanted to place the butterflies, so I waited until the last step to decide placement and adhered them to each panel.
Here's some close-up photos of each of the panels to show a little more detail:
And here's a straight on shot of the completed project:
I had so much fun with this project! I see several easel projects in my future.
I have looked at many easel cards and thought they were pretty cool, but I felt intimated because they looked so complicated. They are so easy! So don't be afraid to try your hand at easel cards, you will find them simple and easy to make. But let's keep the easy part our secret! Let the recipients of our cards and gifts think that we spent hours and hours and hours of intense labor creating these little gems just for them!
Note: I used Crystal Lacquer to adhere all my embellishments to keep them nice and unremoveable. I've found that 3-d adhesives and other tapes dry out over the years and things begin to fall apart.