“The Dragons Den” – Card Shape Tutorial – Circular Easel Card

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Card Shape Tutorial – Circular Easel Card


This is an extra posting, in addition to my regular “Pick of the Week” post every four weeks, that I’ve put up to “The Dragons Den” to show how I constructed a Circular Easel Card I made as an entry to the “Colouring In” challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs – Facebook Group for October.

The digi-stamp we’ve been given to work with for this month’s colouring in challenge is – Monsters.

I decided to team this with mini scrapbook kit – Space Case Mini Theme for my card.


First decide on what you want the finished size of your card to be – I went for a 6″ diameter card because this is the largest size my circle cutter will cut and is the largest size that will come out of an A4 sheet of cardstock.

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  1. With my chosen size in mind I printed out the digi-stamp and my chosen circular mats and other elements at the right size onto Crafty Bob paper, and I collected what I’d need together.
  2. I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and scored it at 3″ and 6″ using my Hougie Board.
  3. I then folded it at the 6″ line and burnished it
    (you will notice that because an A4 card isn’t 12″ long that you have one side longer than the other)
  4. I took my Circle Scissors and put the blade in the 6″ hole and put this just inside the edge of the shortest side of the card, leaving the circle scissors overlapping the card at the fold.
    (you can use circular dies in a die-cutting machine, or even draw around a plate or saucer and cut using a pair of scissors or a craft knife, but make sure whatever you use extends out over the fold.)

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  1. This will give you a “clam” shaped base card.
  2. I also cut out a full 6″ circle out of a second sheet of A4 Centura Pearl cardstock.
  3. And also a 5.5″ circle out of a background.
  4. I’d printed one of the circular elements from the kit out at 6″diameter and cut it out by hand.  This was put behind the circular base card, marked,  and I cut off the extra piece that stuck out just inside the marked line.

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  1. This left me with a piece the same size and shape as the base card.
  2. This was stuck inside the un-scored side of the card.
    (I used Pinflair glue gel as a flat glue here to allow time for me to slip the panel into the right place)
  3. I then folded the card at the second score line I’d put in originally and put finger-lift tape over the rounded half of the card front.
    (I could have used glue gel again to allow for movement, but I didn’t want to wait for it to set before continuing.)
  4. Because I used tape and so had no “wiggle time” I put the non sticky side to the top circle first and matched up the edges.  I then pressed the other half together.

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  1. I use glue gel and attached the circle of background I’d cut earlier to the front of the card.
  2. I put 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind another of the circular mats I’d printed out from the kit at around 5.3″ in diameter, and after taking off the backing I smeared a bit of glue gel behind the foam to give me some movement time.
  3. I put the circular mat on top of my card front so that a wide band of the card top and a narrow band of the backing was visible.  And there you have it – the finished front of my card!
  4. But what about the topper? I hear you ask.

    Well I could have attached the digi-stamp topper straight to the front of my card like this after colouring it in and cutting it out.
    (To colour I used ProMarkers: Henna, Tulip Yellow, FlexMarkers: Crimson, Imperial Purple, Twinkling H2O: Cinnamon Stick, Spiced Pumpkin.  The last two I used to add shimmer over parts of the coloured in image, although they don’t really show up in the photos.  As the markers are alcohol based adding the water based paints with a brush doesn’t cause any running of the original colour.) –

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  1. But I didn’t!

    I took a strip of acetate about as wide as the monsters between both their outside legs, and I scored it at 0.5″

  2. I then folded it and burnished it at the score line and put one of the paper ribbon strips that I’d printed from the kit on top of this.
  3. Attaching it in place using another strip of foam tape.
  4. This was then put down on the card base as a stopper, with the acetate coming out the front.

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  1. I trimmed the stopper bar to match the round base mat outline and put some ultra tacky tape at the top of the acetate.
  2. After taking the backing off the tape, and with the card open, I pressed the acetate backwards towards the back of the card.
  3. And I then put on my monsters – making sure that the head of the taller one was a smidgen shorter than the fold line.  I also put a little world printed from the same kit near the front of the base.
  4. And now the card is complete – when the card is opened the monsters pop up and when the easel is put into place the monsters float in front of it.


  1. And here is the front view of the finished card.



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12 Replies to ““The Dragons Den” – Card Shape Tutorial – Circular Easel Card”

  1. Wonderful tutorial so love the image 🙂 TxxThank you for sharing with us at Crafty Bloggers Network Facebook site. Hugs Tania (DT)xx

  2. Fantastic Tutorial, Gwyneth, and a brilliant finished card, thank you for sharing both, hope you are well, love and hugs xxx