This Diamond Easel Christmas Card makes really easy but looks elegant. It is a slight twist on the normal easel card. Follow this tutorial and make one! I did a birthday card in this style too, but it is a little harder with more layers. See it here.
This card has an unusual shape. It is 5.5 inches by 6 inches when folded for mailing. It will fit in a 6 inch square envelope or you can make a custom envelope using the custom envelope tutorial here.
What you need:
Paper Selection For the Diamond Easel Christmas Card
I used traditional Christmas colors for this card. The base card does need to be two sided and fairly heavy (100 lb. wt. at least). Solid paper would be best. The rest of the papers can be any weight and one sided. You could use patterns for any of the other pieces. Just don’t use too many because too many patterns would be confusing.
Cutting the Diamond Easel Christmas Card
This project is easy to cut. There are a lot of little pieces, but I tried to limit the number of colors. Be careful not to lose the little pieces. Also be careful with the intricate pieces, like Santa. They are thin and tear easily when taking them off the mat.
I put all the little parts on one mat by combining mats.
Watch my video on cutting different colors on the same mat.
Assembling the Diamond Easel Christmas Card
First, re-crease the fold lines to make sure they work properly. The diagonal folds do not go all the way through so be careful with them. Make sure the card folds properly before you continue. The fold lines are done by the following map.
Next build the overlays. Center each piece on the piece below it. Glue the top overlay to the top of the base card. Only glue the top half of the diamond up to the fold line. If you glue it past the fold line, your card will not work properly.
The bottom overlay is simple. See the picture if you have questions. First, center the overlay on the green base card with a little border showing. Then the “ribbons” go on the tree. Next, the words are cut out and go on either side of the tree. Finally, the star on top of the tree acts as the stopper for the easel and is attached with a small piece of foam tape. Make sure you put the tree low enough that the card works and the star isn’t too high.
Lastly, the small triangles go in the middle between the folds. See the picture above for any questions for where something goes.
Open and close the card a few times to make sure everything works.
And your Diamond Easel Christmas Card is done! Enjoy!
Santa Around the World
- The Heilige Nikolaus is part of the Advent celebrations in central Europe. St Nicholas of Myra, as he is known in English, is the original Santa Claus.
- Papai Noel is basically the Brazilian Santa Claus.
- In Czech Republic, we don’t have a father Christmas or generally typical western view of this persona. Instead, we have Baby Jesus that brings gifts to kids.
- In Denmark, Santa is referred to as Julemanden, which translates to “The Yule Man.”
- A visit to Father Christmas in his grotto is an integral part of an English family’s Christmas celebrations.
- Joulupukki, as Santa Claus is called in Finnish, translates to Christmas goat.