Flourishing Phrases Easel Card

Easel card with Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Flourishing Phrases Easel Card

Easel cards fit flat in an envelope then unfold to stand up all by themselves! They are very easy to display, so they make wonderful gifts for birthdays and other special occasions.

I haven’t made a fancy fold card in awhile, so I thought I would try an easel card. For a fancy fold, they are really very easy.

Easel card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up!

Easel Card Base Directions

  1. First, cut a tall and skinny half sheet of cardstock.
  2. Crease it at the one quarter mark and the halfway mark, then fold it. The two short pieces will form a triangle.
  3. Cut a quarter sheet of cardstock. This is the card front. Fully decorate this panel before moving onto the next step.
  4. Adhere the bottom half of the card front to the triangle fold.
  5. Add a three dimensional element to the inside of the card at approximately the halfway point. When the card is opened, these elements will keep the front of the card from slipping down!

Are you a visual person? Here’s a picture tutorial:

Easel card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko. Features Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up!

Decorating Your Easel Card

I recommend decorating the front panel before attaching it to your card. In most cases it will be easier to attach embellishments before attaching it to the base.

There are a lot of different ways to decorate an easel card. The front panel is the same size as a standard card, so it is just like creating a normal card that opens a different way.

If you want to decorate your easel card the same way I decorated mine, keep reading!

Watercolor Techniques

First, I used a combination of watercolor techniques on this card to make green watercolor panels. The mixture of all three gives the card a rich color and an interesting texture.

Watercolor Wash Technique (also called wet into wet)

  1. Paint clear water onto watercolor paper with a brush to make it damp.
  2. Add waterbased ink or watercolor paint to the wet paintbrush.
  3. Paint onto the damp paper.

The pigment from the ink or paint will move around on the damp paper somewhat by itself, mixing in interesting ways.

Smooshing Technique

  1. On a piece of clear plastic (ziploc bag, wax paper, etc…) add ink. You can rub an ink pad straight onto the plastic, color on it with markers, or add drops from ink refills.
  2. Spritz the piece of plastic with a water sprayer OR dip your fingers in some water and sprinkle it on.
  3. Put watercolor paper facedown onto the plastic and press it down, then remove.

You can smoosh your paper multiple times to add more and more color. Experiment with adding different amounts of water.

Lifting Technique (also called bleaching technique)

After your paper is already colorful from other techniques and has had a chance to dry again…

  1. Sprinkle on a couple drops of water with your fingers.
  2. Wait for a count of 5-10.
  3. Use a paper towel to soak up the water droplets.

This technique actually takes color off your paper and makes it lighter everywhere the water droplets land.

Try putting a stencil down before splattering the water to give the splatters a fun pattern.

Watercolor Tips

To quickly dry paper in between techniques or before adding it to your card, you can use a hair dryer or embossing heat tool.

I recommend watercoloring a larger piece of paper than you actually need for your card. These techniques are somewhat unpredictable and you may like some parts of your design better than other parts. Alternately, you might like the whole design and you’ll have enough paper for several cards!

Card interior by Natalie Lapakko featuring Better Together stamps from Stampin' Up!

Other Techniques

To complete the front of the card, I stamped the floral swirl design onto the Whisper White panel in Emerald Envy. I stamped the same stamp onto the strip of watercolor paper with VersaMark ink, then embossed it with white embossing powder. I would recommend using a stamp-a-majig or other placement tool to help position the images exactly where you want them so the flowers line up with each other.

A Bright Color Combination

When colors are blended together, an analogous color scheme usually is a good bet. Color that are next to each other on the color wheel tend to blend nicely, without making the colors murky or muddy looking.

Color Inspiration: Island Indigo, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry


Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper

Ink: VersaMark, Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases, Better Together, Gorgeous Grunge (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, plastic bag, paper towel, white embossing powder, embossing heat tool, rhinestones

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Easel card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Island Indigo, Emerald Envy, and Crushed Curry.

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19 thoughts on “Flourishing Phrases Easel Card”

    1. Cardstock and other types of thinner papers will pill, especially if you rub them over and over again with a paintbrush. You can do a watercolor wash on Stampin’ Up! plain or shimmery cardstock if you just go over it once with the brush and not multiple times.

      Watercolor paper, whether it is Stampin’ Up! or not. will take a lot more abuse. You can paint over it several times with a brush, though it does eventually start to pill if you rub too hard.

      Use a light touch with your brush, not rubbing too hard, and any type of watercolor paper should work fine!

  1. I taught this project to my card group and the watercolor turned out great!! Think I was using the wrong kind of brush and the wrong kind of paper. We all loved your card project. Only problem we had was getting the watercolor strip to line up straight on the card. Do you have a tip on that?

    1. If you’re having trouble lining up the rectangle shape, try using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. You can stamp onto the rectangle, get it all lined up, then use the image stamped on the clear plastic to perfectly align the Stamp-a-ma-jig tool, then remove the rectangle to stamp the background image.

      Alternately, you could use a circle shape instead of a rectangle because it doesn’t matter if it is straight. Just keep turning it around until the image matches!

  2. What do you recommend for an envelope that this card will fit into? (I love this idea, and I plan to try it today!)

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