I’m really pleased to say that I now have more than enough Christmas cards to suit my needs for Christmas 2021! I thought I had reached that point last Wednesday but then I remembered three more that I needed! Fortunately, that day I received a fabulous card from one of the ladies in my team that was my favourite style – clean and simple. I CASE’d it with my spin, sent out the cards I had missed and now have a few on standby. I will definitely not allow this to happen again next year!!
Last week I knew which card I wanted to make for today’s video but when I went on YouTube to see how it was made, the measurements, etc., I was bowled over by how many videos had already been made featuring this card. Just goes to show what a great card it is but I decided not to add another one to the list. Fortunately, while I was investigating this card, I came across another video showing a different triple easel card which I thought would make a great variation.
I went back to the video to get the details. It was posted on 20th August 2018 by a lady who goes by the name of Jece Craftlife. She said she had done an article for the Cardmaking & Paper Crafting Magazine and had received a letter from a reader who said she didn’t understand the cutting instructions. She was referring to a card called Forever Friends Triple Easel Card. She made the video to show how the base was created, not how to make the complete card.
The card created is a slimline card which fits in really well with the new Slimline Envelopes that Stampin’ Up! has launched in the forthcoming Spring/Summer Mini Catalogue that Stampin’ Up! Also available in the new catalogue are two card-front dies for slimline cards! Although I have used the envelopes in this video, I haven’t tried the dies yet. They look fabulous!
My video card is the penguin card, my prototype is the Eden Garden Poinsettia card and my “just before the video” card is the Gingerbread & Peppermint card. My prototype taught me that, because my card is a slimline card, it needed extra thickness on the base to stop it from being too “floppy”. This was a good thing because it meant I added an additional layer for the next two cards which also provides an area for writing a greeting. It also taught me to check the back of my images! After I had finished the video, I added a Smokey Slate Baker’s Twine bow to each balloon. The twine is from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.
The products I used for my prototype are more or less the same as for last week’s Floating Screen card. That is, Soft Succulent and Basic White Cardstock (CS), Ever Eden Designer Series Paper (DSP), Gold Shimmer Vellum and 2021 – 2023 InColour Glimmer Vellum (Evening Evergreen). The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set and was stamped using Evening Evergreen Ink.
When I made the second card, I knew I’d have to do something about the back of the images because I had die-cut them from the Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP and I didn’t want the reverse designs being exposed, albeit from the back of the card. This was easily sorted out by die-cutting more baubles using Pear Pizzazz CS and adhering the baubles onto them. The back of that card looks really tidy and “professionally” finished.
Once I had done this, I checked the back of the poinsettias on my prototype and really wished I hadn’t! They looked so messy! With hindsight, my first thought was to die-cut the largest Poinsettia label in Soft Succulent and adhere to the back of the flowers but I decided this would only partially tidy up the “mess”! It would have been much better if I had adhered each flower to a die-cut Soft Succulent circle, possibly scalloped circles. I may see if I can change them!
The products I used for the Gingerbread & Peppermint card are Pear Pizzazz and Basic White CS, Heartwarming Hugs and You’re a Peach DSP. The large baubles were die-cut from the Gingerbread & Peppermint 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack and the small bauble stoppers were fussy cut from the same pack. The stamp set for this bundle is called Frosted Gingerbread and the dies are called Gingerbread.
In the video, I made a mistake with the triangle easels and ended up with my trees laying down. I have since corrected it but hubby said I’d put them on the wrong sides i.e. the left-hand one I put on the right-hand side and vice versa! I just couldn’t work out what had gone wrong but now I can relax about it! LOL!! I hope you enjoy today’s video; I’m certainly very pleased how my cards turned out, I hope you have a very blessed Sunday. Please take very good care of yourselves and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Inches apply to A4 cardstock & Letter-size Cardstock
Calypso Coral Cardstock – 5½” x 8” (14cm x 20.3cm) Scored at 2¾” (7cm)
Cut on landscape side at 2¾” & 5¼” (7cm & 13.3cm) down to centre score line.
Basic White Cardstock – 2½” x 2½” (6.3cm x 6.3cm) – cut diagonally corner to corner
Basic White Cardstock – 1¼” x 2⅜” (3.2cm x 6cm)
Basic White Cardstock – 2 pieces 7⅞” x 2⅝” (20cm x 6.6cm)
Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper – design 1). 2⅜” x 2⅜” (6cm x 6cm) – 2 pieces if you are using a directional pattern. Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper – design 1). 1⅛” x 2¼” (2.9cm x 5.7cm)
Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper – design 2). 7¾” x 2½” (19.7cm x 6.3cm)
Basic White Cardstock – scrap for sentiment
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for penguins, balloons Basic Black Cardstock – scraps for penguins Calypso Coral Cardstock – scraps for penguins and sentiment layer