Thursday, May 07, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Monika Creates an Easel Card with a Mixed Media Feel

Hi, everyone! You probably know what it is like looking for this extra special card for an extra special person, especially if it is for a big birthday. I made such a card using the current stamp club set, Mixed Media Grunge, combining it with the Blossom Overture set to make this mixed media feel easel card.

Going for a heart shape, there are two basic ways of cutting your base card. You can either keep a fold at the narrow end, which I did for the above card, or at the wider end, as you can see in the card below.

  • Before starting, choose which of the above options you prefer. Cut your base card accordingly plus an additional heart of the same size from white card for your card front and spritz with red ink. Spritz a piece of scrap to use for the sentiment panel too. 
  • Die-cut two more of the large hearts from matching red card and a smaller heart from white and red card, one each.
  • On the spritzed heart, stamp the rose in Archival ink and mask.
  • Stamp your mixed media background in red.
  • Remove the mask and colour your rose using marker pens and wet brush.
  • Stamp your sentiment overlapping the rose, stamp and fussy cut your sentiment panel.
  • For your easel stand, score a line parallel to your base cards fold about half way across and fold. Trim to size if needed as shown in the video.
  • Attach one of the large red hearts slightly offset to the back of your stamped card front and the other one to your card base keeping the inked part for the inside. 
  • Attach the smaller red heart as shown. Slightly shape your sentiment panel and attach using 3D foam pads.
  • Attach your stamped card front to your easel stand to form a pocket behind to fit the small white heart, as shown in the video.
  • Finish off by lightly spritzing with brown ink and adding a few small sequins.

TIP! The secret of an easel card lies in it having a little catch to prevent the card front from slipping forward. I decided to use a raised sentiment panel, but you could use any other form of raised embellishment.

As always, there is a little video giving you a little more detail and tips.

That's it from me for today. I shall be back again in a couple of weeks with more Spotlight Inspiration for you when I shall be taking my inspiration from 'Snowdrop'. This is where I leave you to muse what it could mean. All shall be revealed in two week's time.

Monika xxx

Supplies Monika used in today's project:


Mixed Media Grunge (April/May 2015) and Blossom Overture (February March 2015) are our premium 5x7 sets offered in the STAMPlorations stamp club! We've got lots of perks, including free worldwide shipping, a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for May. We'll pick ONE (1) commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on the first week of June!


  1. Thank you Monika for the Video.... gaves me a lot of Ideas
    CU hellerlittle

  2. Oh my gosh...this is really special. Love your stamping and coloring. Beautiful. Very appreciative of the turorial. Thank you. Gotta try this.

  3. Love this heart-shaped easel! I haven't seen this shape in an easel before - beautiful! Gorgeous texture! Thanks for the video! I like the little tag tucked in the back!

  4. Beautiful stamping! the background is such fun!, and I like it that it is a shaped card!

  5. Beautiful grunge BG in monochromatic theme! The easel shape is gorgeous with raised sentiment! Thanks for sharing the tip!

  6. Beautiful card. It should definitely make the recipient feel special.

  7. This card is a real beauty and so unusual - LOVE IT:)

  8. Interesting shape for an easel card. Very pretty. Hugz

  9. the shape, the elements and the rose...oh my! Your tutorial is such an added bonus; thank you!

  10. I love shape cards, heart is always a special one. It is great you used mixed media on so classic shape. The card is very lovely.

  11. Easel cards are so in and yours is fab! I have never seen a heart easel card before!!

  12. Easel cards are so in and yours is fab! I have never seen a heart easel card before!!

  13. Soo sweet this card Monika -and to make the heart die into a easel card...fabulous, thanks for the video tut


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