Inspiration For “Stampin’ with the Dragon” July Challenge

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

New July 2014 - Challenge TeamNew July 2014 - Gift VoucherEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” challenge goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a voucher for £5.00 to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

You can enter as many times as you want but there MUST use something Stamping Dragon Designs used within ALL entry projects. If you don’t have anything designed by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Design in your digital library – never fear – there’s an album of freebies available to members of the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group – so just request to join and you’ll have access to the freebies that can be used on your entry project.  So why not consider joining in with us this month.

For July the theme is : Easel Card



As the theme this month is “Easel Card” I couldn’t resist going the whole hog and making a “Tripple Easel Card”.  But even though I’ve chosen 3 digi-stamps from the store to put on the card, I’ve only used 4 different ProMarkers to colour them in.  I hope that this will inspire those of you who have a limited number of any alcohol markers to jump in and have a go at colouring in digi-stamps.  And also show those of you who are reticent to buy any digi-stamps because you think you need to buy dozens of alcohol markers, before you can colour in anything, that just getting a small number can get you started – but of course you can colour in digi-stamps with other mediums as well, so don’t think it has to be alcohol markers.

Wedding Easel card 08

Thumbnail photos of each of the three images on the “easels”

Wedding Easel card 07   Wedding Easel card 01   Wedding Easel card 05

Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

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You’ll notice that the whole card, including the coloured in digi-stamp toppers and floral embelishments, were all made from 2 sheets of card for printing and two sheets of card for construction.

I took my Hougie Board and scored one sheet along all the lines as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 10I then cut along the solid lines and folded and burnished at each of the dotted lines.

I scored the 2nd sheet as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 11I then cut at each of the solid lines to give me three panels of exactly the same size as the front of my card – the long strip left over wasn’t needed for the card.

I took backgrounds from the kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized them so that they were smaller than the panels that would form the front of my easel card.  I then took each of my chosen digi-stamps into the same page in the graphics programme and re-sized them to a suitable size to sit comfortably on the panels.  I also took in a floral element and a paper ribbon from the kit and re-sized them.  All these elements were spaced out over one A4 working area before printing them out.  I again re-sized the background panels so that they joined together to make the larger panel for the inside back of my card and printed this out onto the other A4 card.  I used the roller glue pen to attach the cardstock panels to the easel front, making sure to only glue on the bottom halves so that they would lift up.  I attached the background panels to these, making sure that the two outside panels were facing inwards towards the centre so that they would sit right when lifted to the easel position.  I colured in my digi-stamps – going over some areas a second or third time with the same pen to build up colour dept to give a little dimension to the characters.  I was having a good day when I made this card and decided to cut out all the characters, leaving just a fine white border of cardstock around them to give a little lift against the background.  I shaped them a bit and used glue gel to attach them to the easel fronts.  I then used foam tape to attach the paper ribbon, onto which I’d written “On Your Wedding Day”.  I used the same tape to attach the little floral elements I’d cut out, two on the base as stoppers for the two sid easels, and the rest as embelishments around the card.


Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to register your entry for the challenge.



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8 Replies to “Inspiration For “Stampin’ with the Dragon” July Challenge”

  1. wow hun what a fab idea to do a triple love the images too hugs Seema x

  2. Hi Gwyneth loving this triple easel hun what a great design and brill colouring love it hugs Judith x

  3. Hi Gwyneth. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 ooohhh I’m going to try that triple easel card!! Your card is really awesome. Thanks for sharing the template 🙂 Maya xx