Fancy fold easel style card using Special Reason Bundle with video

Today i feature the last for 2016 in the Fancy Fold cardmaking series. How fancy can we get with “fancy fold” cardmaking? This card project is by far the “fanciest”. I have checked out explosion cards, where upon opening, the folded portions come out of the card for a big surprise. When researching which cards to make for this series, I discovered that people do like the wow factor of getting a card with unexpected properties. But in the end, nothing beats the fact of just receiving a handmade card. It does not need to be fancy to be loved.

This project will allow a card to fold upon itself and stay standing, like artwork on an easel. It is not difficult at all, once you know where to apply the score lines. Let’s get started!

For the card base, I used Night of Navy card stock and for the panels I used Whisper White. The color scheme is simple on purpose, it allows the design to take focus. Once the card base is scored (see measurements below), attach the front panel. You can decorate this panel any way you like. Once attached, determine the place you would like to have the easel stop and attach a “door stopper” in the form of cardstock raised on dimensionals. Keep in mind the inside of the card will be showing. For more specifics, refer to the video link on this page.

The stamping is done with a new stamp and die set from the Occasions catalog. Special Reason stamp set has floral images and nice sentiments. The Stylish Stems framelits dies are not typical die cuts. There are dies that allow you to cut away a negative space, which allows the paper behind the die cut to show through to the front. The images pair perfectly with the Floral Boutique dsp from the annual catalog. If you own this paper, these stamps work great with them!

Here are the measurements I used in cutting paper for this project:

There are essentially 3 units to this card project:  card base, card front and the door stopper for inside
Card base cut at 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
-score at 4 1/4″ at one end of the paper, then slide the paper and score at 6 3/8″ (gives  folds)   (it will measure  4 1/4″ square once folded)
Card front panel, cut Navy cardstock at 4 1/4″ square (cut 1)
Inside of card panel ,you can cut any size you want, just remember it will show when card is folded up.
Sentiment holder for Inside of Card (MUST BE RAISED TO STOP THE EASEL) I made one at 1′ x 3′


I made a video tutorial for this card project, CLICK HERE TO WATCH or watch below…


Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂

Special Reason stamp set   142902   (avail Jan 4)
Stylish Stems Framelits dies 142750 (avail Jan 4)


Fancy fold cards are just plain old fun. Fun to make and fun for someone to receive! Stay tuned next week for the a new series on masking card projects and video in this series. Layering stamped images can muddle the look of a card but masking an image allows it to stay in the foreground. In the meantime, I hope you find a simple card design and make it your own.  Lets make it together!

-Jenny Hall
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Are you interested in purchasing one of the finished cards I have featured on a blog post? Visit my Etsy shop at for a small selection. If the card you are looking for is not there, drop me a note and I will place it in the shop for you. -Jenny xoxo



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