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TLC380 ~ Either/Or, but Both is More

Welcome, friends!

It’s my turn to host this week’s Technique Lover’s Challenge.   I completely struggled with what I wanted to do.  Not that I had NO ideas, but I had too many ideas!

So, this week’s challenge is to do either a triple easel card (I’ll give more details in a moment) OR a see through image (again, more coming).   If you are REALLY adventurous, I highly recommend doing BOTH! haha!

First, let’s talk about the triple easel.   We’ve done regular easel cards, we’ve done shaped easel cards, and we’ve done twisted easel cards.   When I saw a picture of the triple easel card on Pintrest, I loved the look!

Here’s what my triple easel looks like:

First off, let me clarify that my easel is NOT connected to the pink layer it sits on.   I only put that there to show that it is approximately the same size as a regular A2 card.

It also lies flat.  How so, you say?  Well the flower/leave combo that is holding it up in front is attached with a piece of velcro.  It can be removed to facilitate flattening for mailing (of course it would have to go in a bubble envelope or clear plastic box).

Instructions for the triple tiered easel card vary from place to place.   If you know how to make an easel card, this is just an expansion.   I found that looking at the examples online pretty much made it simple.

Here is one sample from Sara Sandberg.

Here is another sample with a good side view from Sonia’s Crafty Patch

You can also download instructions for a variation here.


Ok, now that you’ve seen the either… let’s take a look at the “or”.

Now, I’m sure there’s a fancy name for this technique, but for the purpose of our challenge, I’m calling it the See Through Image.

A couple ways of achieving this…. you can stamp your image, put a die over top that is slightly smaller than your image, so that the edges of your image touch the die… then trace the die.   From there you want to cut away the parts that are not your image.   Make sense?

OR, you can stamp your image and use a ruler to draw a box around it so that the box touches at least two sides of your image and then cut away the parts that are not your image.

Here are a couple visuals:

This technique actually makes a striking CAS card if you do this on your main panel and then put designer paper on the inside of your card.


Now on to some other fun stuff.   This past Saturday the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store crew did a focus on Melissa Frances papers and products.   I was having a severe case of missing mojo last week, so I am making up for it now.

My triple tiered easel card is made with Melissa Frances’ Kitschy Kitchen designer papers… and I absolutely LOVE the little tags set that coordinates with the paper, so I made this cute little tag box…

Oh yes, that is definitely Dove chocolate in the box and spilling onto my desk!  YUM!!

Ok, now for some supplies:

Stamps:  JustRite Botanical Butterflies (easel card) , JustRite With Sympathy (tag box)

Papers: GP White, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen designer paper (6 x 6)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Barn Door distressing Ink, copics

Accessories: 1″ grosgrain with satin edge (Red), 3/8″ red gingham, 1/2″ wrinkled ribbon (light blue), Spellbinders Big Scallop circle dies, Spellbinders small circle dies, Melissa Frances 1/2 pearls, Kaisercraft 1/2 pearls (red), Prima Angelica rose collection, Prima Coventry Rose – Romantique collection, Prima Lady Godiva – Strawberry Ice collection, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, Star Dust Stickles, sticky tape, dimensionals, scoring blade

*****  Items highlighted are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store *****


That’s it for now!   I really hope you’ll take the time to stop over to the Technique Lover’s Challenge forums on and play along!


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  1. on 04 Jun 2012 at 09:55Marisa

    That triple easel card makes quite the statement! Love the box too 🙂

  2. on 04 Jun 2012 at 11:53Jan Hunnicutt

    Very interesting, I want to try this! I linked over from SCS to see if you had any more info. I love your card, it’s gorgeous, thanks for the inspiration!

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    Holly, these projects are AMAZING!!!!!

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    What a gorgeous card! Very different. Love the papers used to create it.

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