Monday, April 12, 2010

"Double Duty" Easel Card

  by Kathy Berger

"Double Duty" Easel Card

The punched Fun Foam butterflies do double duty on this card, first acting as stamps, and then as embellishments.



  • Make the Button

    • Punch one button out of the Ornate Floral paper and three out of the Hunter Core-dinations card-stock.
      *NOTE: The button punch leaves a small connection between the button and the card-stock/paper in order to keep the piece from getting trapped in the punch.
                      These connections need to be severed in order to use the punch-out.
    • Using the glue pen, glue the button punch-outs together, with the floral one on top, taking care to align the holes.
    • Let the glue dry .
    • Apply a layer of Crystal Laquer to the top of the button.
    • Use a tooth pick to clear the laquer out of the holes.
    • Set aside until completely dry.
    • When dry, weave twine through the holes, then tie a knot (making sure it is on the top of the button. Trim the twine near the knot.

  • Make the "Stamp" and Embellishments

    • Set up the Cuttlebug and the heat gun near each other.
    • Use the heat gun to heat the fun foam until the foam starts to get soft and limp.
    • Immediately put the fun foam into the embossing folder.
    • Run the embossing folder through the Cuttlebug immediately (Sandwich: A-Plate, B-Plate, folder, B-Plate.)
    • Let the foam cool for about 30 seconds before removing from the sandwich.
    • Using the butterfly punch, punch the textured foam several (at least four) times. Reserve the punch-outs.
    • Using the removable Dotto, affix a foam butterfly punch-out to the clear mount.

  • Prepare the Base

    • Cut the white card-stock to 4 1/4" x 11".
    • Use the Scor-Pal to score the card-stock, in landscape orientation, at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".
    • Mountain fold on both score lines. This forms the card base for an easel card.
    • Turn the card so that it is in portrait orientation, with the main fold at the top and the other fold at the front of the card. Set aside.

  • Prepare the Card Front

    • Cut a piece of Hunter card-stock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
    • Cut a piece of Ornate Floral paper to 4" x 4 3/4".
    • Cut a piece of white card-stock to about 4 1/2" x 2".
      Punch with the border punch along the long edge of one side of this piece of card stock.
      Trim to 4" width, chosing where to trim so that the scallops are even on the two ends.
    • Using the mounted foam butterfly and the bordeaux ink, stamp two butterflies on the Ornate Floral Paper.
      Let the ink dry throroughly on the foam piece.
    • Using the other ink pads, lightly ink three other foam butterflies. Let dry.
    • Use the black Sharpie pen to draw bodies on the four foam butterflies.
    • Mount the white scalloped piece near the bottom of the Hunter card-stock (leaving a 1/8" border.)
    • Glue a piece ribbon flush to the bottom edge of the Ornate Floral paper, glueing the ribbon ends behind the paper.
    • Mount the Ornate Floral paper onto the Hunter card-stock, aligning the edges with the edges of the white trim piece.
    • Glue the inked butterflies (including the one that was temporarily mounted) onto the card front.
    • Add jewels to the card front as desired.
    • Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon. Attach the bow to the piece of ribbon on the card using a small glue dot.
    • Apply glue to the lower portion of the front of the card base. Attach the card front to the front, aligning the front carefully to the base.

  • Prepare the Card Interior

    • Cut a piece of Hunter card-stock to 3 3/4" x 4 1/4".
    • Cut a piece of Ornate Floral paper to 1" x 3 3/4".
    • Cut a piece of white card-stock to about 2" x 4 1/4".
      Use the edge punch to punch along the long strip of the white card-stock.
      Trim the strip to 3 3/4", making sure the two ends are evenly punched.
    • Attach the Ornate Floral paper 1/4" from the bottom edge of the inside of the card.
      Attach the white punched strip over the Ornate Floral paper, 1/8" from the bottom edge.
      Attach the Hunter card-stock to the inside of the card, over the Ornate Floral and white trim, leaving a 1/4" border from the top.
    • Stamp the stamp with the white pigment ink near the bottom edge of the Hunter card-stock.
    • Glue down the fourth butterfly to use as a stop for the easel.
    • Glue three rhinestones to the card.
    • Use a thick glue dot to attach the button, slightly overlapping the butterfly.

Thanks for coming by. I hope you'll give Double Duty a try when you have a chance.


  1. I just love the colors and texture on this card Kathy. What a great addition to the blog this one is. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. I've got to make one like this!!