How to Make a Heart-Shaped Easel Card (Because Guys Love Them Too!)
Need a beautiful love card in a hurry? Check out this tutorial on how to make an easy heart-shaped easel card in rainbow colors. It looks extravagant, but it’s a simple card to make. All you need is an hour and a few supplies. You’ll have a beautiful, elegant card and plenty of time left to glam yourself up for the occasion.
Check out the full blog post (link below) for additional details, including a list of other color combinations.
Note: the estimated cost can be zero if you already have these tools. Or if you're just starting out, it can be more. But the trimmer and heart-shaped dies are a one-time purchase, so the cost goes down with each project.
This is a great project if you have a lot of paper scraps piling up. You need two whole sheets of cardstock for the base color, and then 7 additional bits for the hearts. A pretty card, AND economical!
Cut your foundation cardstock first. I used black cardstock for this card, which made the perfect accent to the rainbow of colors. But white would work too. Cut as follows:
- 1 piece: 8 ½” long x 4 ¼” wide.
- 1 piece 4” x 4”. This will be called the “base plate.”
- Cut the largest size heart from this same color (black). It will be the “foundation” heart and won’t be seen from the front.
Cut 7 hearts in graduating sizes in this order:
- Violet (largest heart, same size as black heart)
- Indigo or magenta (2nd largest heart, etc.)
- Red (smallest heart) – cut two of these
The second red (small) heart will be used as the “stop” piece which will keep the front of the card propped up.
Score the long piece of cardstock at 4 ¼” and 6 ⅜” (see image above). Fold the piece in half (4 ¼” line) and then fold the second scoreline in the opposite direction. Press these folds with the bone folder.
Glue foundation (black) heart to top of folded cardstock. From the back side, align the heart with the cardstock so that the fold is as far down on the back of the heart as possible without the folded corners showing to the font.
Make sure the fold corners don't show from the front.
A little of the base cardstock might peek through the top of the heart. If that happens, cut it away with a craft knife on a craft mat or with small scissors.
Glue the largest (violet) heart to the black heart on the base card.
Ready for the additional layers...
Emboss the edges of all the color hearts (eight total), plus the 4" square base plate with gold embossing powder.
Attach pop dots to the backs of the remaining colored hearts, including the tiny red "stop" heart. Remove the papers and center each heart on its next larger neighbor, pressing firmly.
Position heart front to desired angle and attach "stop" heart to base platform with a pop dot. Center it appropriately.
Note: I placed the “stop” heart slightly below center of the base plate for a more “laid back” appearance. If you prefer the layered hearts to stand more upright, place the “stop” heart further towards the center fold.
BOOM – you’re done. A beautiful, rainbow-layered easel heart-shaped card is ready for your sweetie, and no additional decorations are needed.
- Cardstock - 2 sheets of base color, scraps of 7 other colors (Craft store)
- Paper trimmer (Craft store)
- Bone folder (Craft store)
- Die cut tool (I use a Sissix Big Shot) (Craft store)
- Heart-shaped metal dies in 7 sizes (Craft store)
- White craft glue (Craft store)
- Embossing ink (Craft store)
- Embossing powder (Craft store)
- Heat tool (for embossing edges) (Craft store)
- Pop Dots (Craft store)