Wednesday 18 March 2015

Secret panel easel card for Easter using For Peeps' Sake

I was so pleased that you liked the special easel card I made for my son's birthday (see it in this post.) It had a 'secret panel' concealing any gooey message I was compelled to write *wink* so that he didn't have to be embarrassed if anyone looked at his card display! Several of you asked for a tutorial so I've come up with a step-by-step Easter version using Stampin' Up's cute For Peeps' Sake stamp set. Come and see:

I used one of the envelopes from Stampin' Up's pre-cut notecards and envelopes set (it's 13 x 9.25 cm) so I cut my Whisper White card base 8.5 cm x 10.5 cm (which is the bottom of an A4 sheet.)

I used the scoring blade on my trimmer to score in half at 10.5 cm and also at 5.25 cm...

... which produces something that looks like this! But what about that secret panel?

Here we go! A So Saffron panel, cut 8.5 cm x 10.25 cm, scored 1cm in at the bottom edge and 2.5 cm in from the top edge.

That little semi circle, cut in the top with a 3/4" circle punch, is to make the panel easy to open. I ran some Fastfuse along the back of the 1cm tab and attached the secret panel to the bottom of the card so it opens on a sort of hinge.

Now it was time for the main attraction - that fabulous sentiment stamp from the For Peeps' Sake!

I coloured the rubber with Stampin' Write markers from the Brights collection and stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock.

This stamp coordinates beautifully with the Ornate Tag Topper punch which makes a great shape for the pop-up section of the easel card.

Now to attach the topper!

The front of the easel tucks behind the top tab of the secret panel and the topper fits over the top to hold it open...

... like so! I didn't want the holes to show though so I made some pretty flower decorations using the flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.

Adding a bit of shading to the flower with a marker of the same colour adds depth to the flowers and they're finished neatly with candy dots.

Here's the finished card again - isn't it fun?! I do hope you have a go at this idea and let me know how you get on :)

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We are all getting very excited about Easter here as all the family will come together again. I love the rituals we have in place for each of the holidays. At Easter we have a treasure hunt which I lovingly prepare and of course there's the Easter tree, twigs which we put in a jug of water and watch them miraculously come into leaf, decorated with handmade pretties. This year, we've decided to have an extra ritual - a game of hide and seek where each member of the family hides and Eva-pup comes and finds us. She can't be rewarded with chocolate eggs of course (chocolate is toxic to dogs) but I'm sure I can rustle up some egg-shaped meatballs!

Let me know if you have any egg-cellent ideas for Dog Easter won't you! Meanwhile, don't forget to join me for another amazing Artisan Design Team blog hop tomorrow! See you then,


  1. What a very clever card you have created - I will have to try this for sure.
    I can imagine a lot of hilarity in your house at easter, especially with an inquisitive puppy playing hide & seek!

  2. Love this card! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Such a cute card! Thanks so much for an amazing tutorial. I'll have to give it a try :) xxx

  4. I always enjoy your cards and projects! So glad to hear you're planning something special with Eva for Easter. We have a treat hunt for our dogs - hiding treats around the house (instead of candy or eggs as one would for children).

  5. Thanks for the tutorial Vicky, I will be giving this ago, I have some great nephews who will be cool about not seeing the writing from me! xx

  6. Vicki, I love the idea of this card but for the life of me can't get the measurements to work out. could you post the "american" dumb ole me numbers. I even have a cm ruler and it just doesn't work out . Must be the weather. Haha.


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