May 1, 2017

Stand Up Helpers

Every once in awhile I make an easel card, especially if I know that the recipient wants to save the card and display it.  One of the tricky parts of making an easel card is how to keep the back propped up Let me show you a fun way to accomplish this.

Elizabeth Crafts Designs has dies that are used to help keep the back portion of your card up.  They are called "stand up helpers". For this card I used the Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper.
First cut the card stock that is going to be used for the base then line up the stand up helper die on the bottom fold:
When you run it through your cutting machine, the die is designed to cut the words but not cut along the fold line:
I wanted the letters to pop, so I used a piece of white cardstock, used the same die and then trimmed it from the piece of cardstock.  Then I adhered it over the brown letters:
Now you can finish your card.  For mine I cut out ovals with Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Ovals:
I decorated them with the beautiful Birds On A Branch by Die-namites.

On the base I used pieces of Cheery Lynn's Fanciful Flourish.

Fun!  I only wish the colors in the photos were more true to the real colors of the browns but you get an idea, at least, of how pretty these cards can be.  Thanks for looking.
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  1. This is beautiful Marsha! Those stand up helpers are really awesome and I like your tip about using a different color card stock to make it stand out. What a lovely project!

  2. Thanks for the tip on the stand up cards. I didn't make them just because I found them difficult to stand. You have opened up a whole new world. Love the oval with the white die cut sentiment and birds on your card.

  3. Awesome creation Marsha! And, what fabulous tips! Thanks so much for beautiful inspiration!

  4. Beautiful! Love the white die cut against the brown cardstock.

  5. Beautiful card. Love the stand up helpers. I had seen them before but had no idea of how they worked. Thank you for the tutorial. Have a great day.

  6. gorgeous easel card! I have never tried one, this makes me want to! thanks for sharing your inspiration!



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