Easel Tutorial

 


It seems that I didn't do this demo enough times as I have been inundated with requests for a pictorial tutorial on it. It is really very simple and I have taken a series of pics for you so it should be very easy to recreate. Starting with your cutting plate on the bottom, place a piece of heavyweight card (at least 240gsm, although a bit heavier would be preferable). Place your Labels 28 die with the cutting ridge towards your cutting plate and card.

Next, you are going to lay a strip of card about an inch to an inch and quarter wide across the centre of the die. If your card is not heavyweight enough, you will cut right through this and your card below and it will not work. If in doubt, use two strips of card stacked on top of each other. The point to this is stop your die from cutting this section, but allow it cut cut everything else.

Next, skip a size in your die set and use the next one down (I have shown my set to the left with the largest one missing, then I skipped a size, then the next one is missing) and lay that in place over the strip but lined up the larger die. Tape these in place to keep them straight. Cover this with your base plate and run through your Grand Calibur machine.

The picture to the right is what you will have when you remove your die from the plates and discard the strip. You can see where it has left an embossed area in the centre, but it has not actually cut all the way through there .

Next, Fold the two outside edges upwards from the point where they are attached in the centre.

Place double sided sticky tape in the centre and attach to the back of your card. Depending on the weight of the card you have used and how sturdy the card is, attach it about a half inch from the bottom. You can attach higher if your card weight is thick enough to support your card leaning back further. You can also cut two of the easels and then use double sided tape to adhere them to each other to get a sturdier easel if you chose to do so. Also, this will work with some of the other similar shaped dies too if you do have Labels 28. You will just need to play around with some of the more rectangle shaped ones. I hope that helps but if you have any questions you can email me at americansue1@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer you.
 
 

14 comments:

Jane said...

This is a really good idea Sue, I use it on all my cards it saves loads of card making a stand instead of wasting it on making it into traditional card.

Jane xx

Pam said...

Thank you for posting this tutorial Sue as I can never remember quite how to do it. Such a good idea.

Paper Junkie said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial Sue. I did buy the Tim Holtz small easel bigz die a while back to display card fronts - but this is brilliant for making much larger ones for bigger cards. X

Mrs B said...

Thank you Sue. This is so handy.

jeffrey bubbles said...

Have never seen this done before but I am definately going to give it a go soon Thanks Sue Kathy xxxx

Cassieajh said...

Thank you Sue as soon as I saw it I could see you doing it on C&C, I am sure I am not alone in thanking you for taking the time to do these tutorials, otherwise my HD box would be totally full of your appearances on C&C.

Hugs Allison xx

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Chrissie Cole said...

Great work as Always Sue. Loving watching your demos on Create and Craft. You're such a talented lady.
Keep up the grand work xx

yahoo said...

Hi Sue
Have just joined your blog family and am making my way through all the lovely designs to help give me inspiration. I live in Spain and always look forward to your shows so thankyou.Marie

Diane Mortimer said...

This is quite a good idea for a different feel to a card, and it's foldable for the post too! Great, thanks xx
Diane from Glasgow

Ayoti Mittra said...

Sue, I love & admire your presentations whenever you come on Create & Craft. Never seen this type of easel before. Love xx

Rita Rooney said...

great tut, thanks for showing ,ritax

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I'm so glad I remembered this tutorial was on here. I have just made a card very similar to 'Shaun's Christmas card choice' from September last year and thought I would give it an easel but couldn't remember how to do it. Yet again you save the day!
Frances

craftynanna said...

thank you so much sue