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Large Retirement Easel Card

The Dean for the School of Nursing where I teach is leaving. One of my colleagues and friends was on the search for a large card that we could all sign. She called me and asked if I would be able to make one. I was up to the task! It took several attempts at making a prototype, but I finally finished!

I started by adhering two 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of 110 lb. cardstock from Recollections. I then cut it down to 17" and scored it in the middle at 8 1/2 ". Once this was done, on the upper portion of the card, I scored at 4 1/4" (this is half of the 8 1/2"). I burnished along these score lines so that the folds were nice and crisp.

After this, I took another sheet of white 110 lb. cardstock and cut it into a 7 1/2" square, so that there would be a border when I adhered to the card front. I took the large stamp from the Altenew Fairy Tales Floral stamp set and stamped in the upper left and lower right corners. I colored this with Copic and Ohuhu alcohol ink markers (see list below under supplies used).

After that, I took some hydrangea and ultraviolet purple crisp dye inks from Altenew and made a small amount of purple watercolor paint to add some splatters. I decided it needed a little bling, so I added some gold from a free 1/2 pan that was a free gift from a Iuile Watercolor card that I had ordered from Etsy.

I cut a piece of Hydrangea Purple Martha Stewart cardstock to fit the 8 1/2" square and adhered this to the card front, and then adhered my colored panel.

I cut two 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 cardstock strips from 110 lb. cardstock and adhered them together to form the stopper on the inside of the card. I then took a piece of the same purple cardstock and cut it into an 8" x 1/2" strip and adhered that to the top of the stopper. To keep with the gold bling theme, I added some Altenew metallic thread in gold to the stopper.

For the sentiment on the front of the card, I broke out my Cricut machine and cute the sentiment from the "Type Candy Font" cartridge in "better with chocolate". I cut this out of 65 lb. purple cardstock from Recollections. I removed the letters and laid them out on a piece of board and put a thin layer of Glossy Accents to them for a bit of shimmer. When these were all dry, I adhered them to the card front.

For the sentiment inside the card, I typed this in a Word document and made it into bubble letters so that I could color them to match. I printed it on 65 lb. cardstock from Recollections and colored with Copic markers V 01 and BV 01. I cute the panel down and added some of the Martha Stewart Hydrangea purple cardstock behind it and it was finished!

I am really happy with how this turned out (my first easel card!). Hopefully she will like it! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

110 lb. and 65 lb. cardstock from Recollections

65 lb. purple cardstock from Recollections

Martha Stewart cardstock in hydrangea purple

Altenew Fairy Tale Floral stamp set

Altenew crisp dye inks in hydrangea and ultraviolet

Iuile watercolor pain in gold (from Etsy)

Cricut cartridge "Type Candy Font"

Cricut die cut machine

Ohuhu alcohol ink markers in P3, GY172, GY3, GY5, GY8, R9, R5, YR4, Y4, YR33, BR2

Copic alcohol ink markers in V01, BV01, BV04, R81, R83, R85

Glossy Accents

Memento ink in Tuxedo Black

Tombow adhesive runner

Lawn Fawn tube glue

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