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Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards
by Louise Dunbar

When it comes to making cards, I always try to make mine just that little bit different, whether it be a fancy fold or have dimension to make them stand out from the card and make the recipient really appreciate them. I’ve come up with this Reindeer themed Christmas circle easel card, which I hope you will like.

You will need:

  • Core card stock
  • Sweet Dixie snow scene deer family
  • Acetate
  • Sequins
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scan n cut or nesting circle dies

Time to Make: 1-2 hours (1 hours drying time for the shaker part)

Skill Level: Intermediate to expert

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Instructions:

  1. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards To create your card blank on the scan n cut, select pattern, choose the circle shape, set the size to 5.55’’ and select 2 of them, click set.


    You’ll have 2 circles on your mat, line them up so there’s one at the top of the mat and one at the bottom, now use the arrow button, move the bottom circle up until it overlaps the top one slightly.


    Select all, then weld the shape together. You should now have something that looks like a figure of 8.
  2. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Add score lines to the card blank, click add, then select pattern, click into the borders and scroll to the dashed line, which is on page 10/11. Set the size to 5.5’’ and click set.


    Take the dashed line and place it over the widest part of the top circle, then take add another score line measuring about 2’’ and place it in the centre of the welded circles, this will become your centre fold line.


    Now cut the shape out.


    If you want to use this card shape again, highlight everything on the mat, select the group button then save to data.


    That way you’ll have the card shape and score lines all ready for the next time you want to use it.
  3. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Now that you’ve cut out your card blank, simply fold along the score lines to form the easel shape.
  4. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Create your mats and layers. Go back to your scan n cut and add 4 more circles, 2 at 5’’ and 2 at 4.5’’.


    Cut the 2 5’’ circles from patterned card stock and the 2 4.5’’ ones from the same cardstock as your card base. Add them to your card.
  5. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Cut out your chosen topper. I chose to do a stag head and wreath from dies i have in my stash. Add it to the front of your card.
  6. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards Now take a sentiment and stamp it onto the same cardstock as your base, then create a mat for it from the same patterned paper you’ve used.


    Attach it in place using 3D foam pads so it will hold the front easel in place.


    There you have it, a circle easel card.


    Now to really add to this design, why not turn your topper piece into a shaker card?


    You’ll use the same card blank as you did for the first card, so if you saved that design in your scan n cut, just go to saved data and select it, if you didn’t save it, follow steps 1 ?2.
  7. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards You’ll need to add a frame if making a shaker card, to do this, simply add 2 more circles measuring 5.5’’ and add these to your mat.
  8. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards The easiest way i’ve found to make a frame is to add another 2 circles the same size and place them directly on top of the previous one, then highlight one of them and re-sizing to 4.5’’.


    This way it will fit inside the bigger circle perfectly, rather than having to try and line it up using the arrows.


    Do this for the 2 circles, you should have the card shape and 2 circle frames on your mat now. Cut these out.
  9. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Cards You’ll also need 2 cut two of the large circles to 5.5’’ out of acetate and 1 smaller circle 5’’ from patterned card stock (to be the mat for the bottom of your card)
  10. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card Glue the circle frames to the acetate so they look like a window. Do this for both pieces of acetate.
  11. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card Pour a little sequins or glitter into the centre of one of the windows, then take the other window and add glue gel all around the edge, then pop it on top of the sequins.


    Set this piece aside to dry, you’ll need to leave it flat so that the sequins don’t get stuck to the gel, resist the urge to shake until completely dry.
  12. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card While you’re waiting for the shaker piece to dry, you can assemble the rest of the card.


    Mat and layer the patterned card stock to the bottom piece of the card blank then add your sentiment and attach it so it will hold the top piece up in place.
  13. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card Once your shaker piece is completely dry, you can now finish it off by adding in your chosen elements.


    I chose a sweet dixie die for my toppers and glued them in place before adding the shaker piece to the card front.


    I’m sure you’ll agree that this is one cool card to give to someone special.
  14. Christmas Reindeer Circle Easel Card