Butterfly Easel Card

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

I had a Birthday Card to make recently for one of my Neices who loves Butterflies. Well, Easel Cards are always a winner with any recipient and having a¬†Zing means that I can make them any shape or size I like. So, today I have a Butterfly Easel Card to share ūüôā

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =¬† 100 (60 for the lightweight card)
  • Passes = 1


Pic 1. I cut the solid pieces in the cut file from some smooth & silky cardstock to form my card base as it is nice and sturdy, I then cut the detailed front layer from some lightweight card (worldwin cutmates would be great for this):

Butterfly Easel Card 1

Pic 2. Fold the larger of the solid pieces along the dashed lines as shown below:

Butterfly Easel Card 2

Pic 3. Add some strong double sided tape or wet glue on the area demonstrated below only:

Butterfly Easel Card 3

Pic 4. Attach your smaller solid piece ensuring that all of the edges are aligned to form your easel card base:

Butterfly Easel Card 4

Pic 5. Attach your detailed layer by adding tape or glue to the body area only, this will allow you to bend the wings forward and add lots of dimension to your card:

Butterfly Easel Card 5

Pic 6. You will need to add a stopper for your upright shape to rest against, I cut a basic banner shape and adhered it to the base with some 3D foam pads:

Butterfly Easel Card 6

Pic 7. I decorated my finished card with some sparkles and before sending this card I personalised it by added the recipients name to the stopper banner:

Butterfly Easel Card 7

I hope you enjoyed today’s project, If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Butterfly Easel Card by Bird

Butterfly Easel Card Cut File by Bird

Easel Card with Open Front

Optimized-Front_Open A friend was being honored with a special party to celebrate her 75th birthday. ¬†I immediately thought the easel card would be great because she could look at it from a distance after the party. ¬†I am especially fond of birthday cards that celebrate the number of years with large numbers, so I envisioned 75 standing up on the front, with the background cut away. ¬†I didn’t find a template to use, so I used the KNK Studio software to design exactly what I was envisioning.

The number “75” is used in the steps that follow, but these same steps will apply to any design that you want to eliminate the background from on the front of an easel card. ¬†The following picture outlines the relationships between the pieces of a standard easel card and how I applied them to my design.
Optimized-Plan&Layout An easel card can be any size. This one is 6″ square when folded and inserted into the envelope. ¬†In the above diagram the purple portions are the card base with score lines shown in black. Traditionally, the front of the card is the same size as the base, glues to the portion marked with red arrow, and extends above the base folds.

Steps 1 through 4 below¬†illustrate the process of determining the shape of the front of the card base. ¬†“75” was laid on top of the card base and traced around, giving rounded corners on the two front edges.¬†¬†The shape could be any shape you desire. ¬†I used the shape of the rounded portion of the 5 for continuity when the card is closed.


Steps 5 through 9¬†below illustrate how the cut away background was achieved. ¬†In Step 5, the “75” was¬†laid on the card base for a visual of what the cutaway would look like.¬† In Step 6, the “75”¬†is mirrored vertically on the base, outlining the portion to be cut away within the¬†base section¬†that will support the “75” when glued in place.¬† In Step 7¬†the base with the cutaway is complete.¬† Step 8 has the cutaway portion folded toward the front of the card.¬† Step 9 has the “75” glued¬†to the cutaway portion of the base.


This picture is the back side of the card with the “75” sticking above the card.¬† The base was cut from a sold purple piece of cardstock, using MTC software¬†on my 15″ Maxx Air.¬† The ¬†purple floral paper was cut to the shape of the center 3 x 6″ section on the back as an additional design feature.


In the additional views of the card,¬†the floral print paper was cut to the inside shape for a pleasing visual showing through behind the “75” creating depth to the card.


The message plate, with a message cut from vinyl, ¬†also serves as a stop, holding the “75” in an upright position when the card is open.¬†The picture below is the finished card, folded and ready to mail.