Tuesday 10 November 2009

Secret Crafter # 57 - Easel Cards

Hi everyone,
I'm trying to enter a few challenges, as I don't seem to have managed this much lately and I've really missed it!
This card is for Secret Crafter where this week Gina has chosen the theme of Easel Cards.
I really like these cards, I must do as I've made about 3 of them now! I don't usually make cards with special folds as I don't cope well with anything other than 'easy', but these are reasonably straight forward and I think the end result really makes for a card with impact, so it's worth a bit of faffing about. I used the tutorial HERE and enlarged the sizes to make a 6x6 card.
I used some Distress Inks around the edges of the papers and cut out the decoupaged image so I could layer it on my new Nesties. I also coloured the holly berries with my Promarkers to make them 'pop' a bit more.
I've left the 'base' very simple as the rest of the card is quite detailed, but having seen it in this photo, I may add some matching paper to it as I think it's too plain.
The colour isn't brilliant on this photo I'm afraid, despite all DH's best efforts, and the gold vellum is much subtler in real life, this artificial lighting is a nightmare!
It doesn't show the 'easel' part very well either, but trust me dear friends, after making DH mess about for ages trying to get the colour looking right I wasn't brave enough to complain about the angle of the card!!

Card Details:
* Image - Cardmaking Heaven download 'Vintage Holly Girl'
* Papers - DCWV 'Old World Mat Stack'
* Nestabilities - 'Labels 4' and 'Fancy Tags'
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Doily Lace'
* Cuttlebug Dies - 'Vintage' corners
* Everything else from my stash

This will be the Christmas card for our best friends, and as they've already seen most of my styles I had to think of something different this year (heaven forbid that I should ever be thought of as predictable LOL!)


Beryl K said...

Gorgeous card Chrissie, love the fold. Thanks for the link.
Beryl x

Unknown said...

It looks just gorgeous. I love the gold! A truely beautiful Christmas card.
Alicia xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Beautiful Chrissie! ...my favourite fold and my favourite image.

Love Sheila xx

Annie said...

absolutely gorgeous Chrissie.

Ann xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Love it - lots of work! I have those cuttlebug corners...they look a treat on your card.

Tab said...

Oh Chrissie your card is beautiful, I keep meaning to have a go at one of these easel cards, they look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your delighful one with us :o)

In answer to your question, yes I do make boxes for my cards, and you know the boxes that the lid and the bottom are the same, but you make the lid a couple of millimetres bigger. I am making sense LOL, I will see if I can find a tutorial for you, I'm sure there is one on SCS, leave it with me :o)
Hugs Tab xxx

Unknown said...

Hi Chrissie,
That's a gorgeous card! I love that JS image and I've wanted to try that fold for ages!
Thanks for popping by my blog and for your concern! lol!

Beryl said...

This is so beautiful - your friends will love it. Thanks for putting the link to the tutorial - I haven't seen them made yet but might just have a go now.
Beryl xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...


thanks for joining us this week on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Jill said...

ooh Chrissie this is gorgeous its so classy and elegant. Love the image and the inked edges look fab thanks so much for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Rach said...

a beautiful card hun hugs rach xx

Sandra Wright. said...

Stunning crad Chrissie, I love this image of the "Holly Girl" as I call her.
I've never seen an easel card until now, I shall certainly be having a go at making one or two.

Hugs Sandie xx

Enfys said...

How pretty, I love the colours you chose Chrissie, it looks very nostalgic!
big hugs
En xx

Jeanette said...

What a gorgeous card Chrissie! I love that you combined vintage with that type of card. Really stunning.
You made me giggle when you said it would have been "rude" not to have bought all those punches at Michaels! That is a brilliant way of looking at it. I am a very POLITE girl! LOL!
Hugs Jeanette

Cathy said...

Beautiful easel card Chrissie and I love the image and the gold - very Christmasy.
Thank you for joining in the SCSC this time.
Cathy xx

Anonymous said...

I can see that I can't turn my back on you for more than a day Chrissie!
Another lovely card - I really must get round to doing one of these easel cards.
Ann x