Technique Tuesday-Center Step Easel Card

This is the last in my step-card series and I think I saved the best for last.  At least, this is my favorite of the cards I made and I sent it to one of my favorite people, too.  I’ll share the card first and then talk more about how I made it.

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Though it does lie flat for mailing, this is the card open.  I love the dimension it provides, especially with this stamp set which I’ll get to in a bit.  The easel portion of the card props up on the center medallion which also serves as the greeting.  And I just had to add the tennis ball, a staple at our house for Katy.

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And here it is from the side:

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I made this card following a tutorial I found on The Craft Spa.  The dimensions didn’t seem to work for me or I did something wrong as the bottom flap was too large to fold into the card.  I changed the length of the card so it would fold properly.  Here’s a picture of the template after I made the changes.  There’s also a full-sized template, including mats, on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page, if you’re interested.

Center Step Easel

For this size card, you need to cut the base from a 12″ x 12″ card stock.  I used a pale blue textured card stock from the Bazzill Pastel Collection.  Since the card is 6″ wide, you can get two card bases from one sheet.  I created a cut file for my Silhouette if anyone would like it, let me know in the comments section or by e-mail.

I cut the bottom/larger mats from Glorious Green, a retired Stampin’ Up color.  I love this color and have precious few sheets left, but I just had to use it on this card!  The white pieces were cut from Whisper White.  I stamped the images using the Happy Home stamp set.  I aligned them on the three panels to give the appearance of one continuous horizon line.  I colored the images with Copics and stippled the sky in Soft Sky ink by Stampin’ Up.

The dog silhouette was cut using a Megan Hardy design from the Silhouette store and the medallion/greeting from a Alaa’ K cut file, also from  Silhouette, using the same green and white card stocks and a bit of Basic Black and typed the greeting using the Bud Easy font in black.

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Here’s the inside of the card.  I used the same font for the sentiment.  I created a mirror image of the dog, thicken the line to 1.5 and converted it from cut to print.

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Well, that finishes my step card series.  There are many more variations to the step card so perhaps I’ll revisit this technique again in the future.  If there’s any sort of step card you saw and couldn’t figure it out, send me a picture and I’ll see if I can figure it out for you.



7 Responses to “Technique Tuesday-Center Step Easel Card”

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  1. Lynn McAuley says:

    Great composition, Kim! This center step design looks awesome with the window in the middle and the outdoor scenes recessed in the back! I love this sweet pup looking out so longingly! Beautiful card!

  2. Jeanette says:

    What an adorable card! Love that pup!

  3. Denise Sayers says:

    I never thought to put something on the inside of the card. I will have to do that from now on. Cute card and how our dog looks at us if we leave him behind.

  4. nclights7 says:

    I love this! I have yet to try a step card, but may use your dimensions as a guide if I do.

  5. Shelly Schmidt says:

    This scene is amazing!!! I think it would take me all day to make a card like this! I just love you added touches with the dog looking out and the silhouettes, and LOVE the tennis ball : )

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Shelly. It reminds me of my own pup, Katy who watches out the window for my return…see, she is my muse!

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