Business Card Easel

Hi, this is Dina for Splitcoaststampers.

Inthis tutorial I'll show you how to fold cardstock into an easel-type holder for business cards.

We'll need 3 cardstock pieces for the project so I'll begin by cutting those.

The firstpiece will be the card base, and it's cut to 4-1/4" x 6-1/2".

The second piece willbe the front panel and it's going to be the same width of 4-1/4" and 3" high.

The topedge of this panel is the one you'll see above your business cards when the easel is displayed,so you might want to give yourself extra room to use a border punch or die on the top edge.

For the box we'll need a piece that's 2-1/2" x 5".

The next step is scoring, and we'll begin withthe largest panel which is the base of the easel.

We're going to score at 2" and 4".

On the panel that's 2-1/2" x 5", we'll score 1/2" from each end along the long side, and 1" from each side along the short side.

We'll use those score lines to create our box.

Thefront panel of the card doesn't need any scoring, but you can die cut or punch a pretty borderif you'd like.

To create the easel base of the card, I'm going to use a bone folder to crease along each of the score lines, and then these 2 sections fold up and over likethis with the longer section as the base.

To hold the easel in position you'll needsomething dimensional, like a button or large pearl or embellishment – maybe a small figurineor whatever fits the theme of your project.

I'm using a button with a plastic shank, soI used wire cutters to remove that, and I'll center the button on the front edge withsome tacky glue.

To create the box we'll need to cut some tabs.

I'm going to make two 1/2" cuts on the short ends outside where the score lines intersect.

Next I want tomake sure all my score lines are creased well, so I'm folding them all in and going overeach one with the bone folder.

To shape the ends, I'm gluing and folding all those endtabs together.

In the photo tutorial she suggests sandwiching the tiny tab between the two larger ones – I forgot to do that but you can do that on yours and it will turn out better than mine.

To make sure the ends are nice and tight and square, you can put a 1/2" acrylic block down into the box opening and use that to form your corners.

I'll repeat the samesteps on the other end of the box.

The next step is to put the project together.

I'll start by putting the front piece ontothe easel base, and that goes onto the 2" section, on the opposite side from where thebutton is glued.

When you lay that piece down make sure your button is face down.

I'm going to line the edges up so the bottom of the front pieceis against the edge of the card base.

You'll want to put adhesive on the base rather thanon the front piece so you don't get the glue up too high.

You want that to be able to open and sit up straight.

Next glue the box onto the frontpiece, about 1/4" from the bottom.

You might need to adjust this measurement on your projectdepending on how tall your little stopper is.

When you have the project assembled and displayed, you'll want the bottom of the front piece to rest against the stopper without the box getting in the way.

That's the basic structure of the project.

You can use die cuts or other embellishments to personalize your project, or just leaveit clean and simple – I used a feather die cut on mine, and here are some samples byour tutorial author using decorative paper and a pretty border punch.

Please share yourideas in the gallery, and I thank you so much for watching!.