Pretty Purse Stand-Up Card

May 8, 2014

It’s Karen Aicken here with a ‘new for me’ card.  Stand Up, or Easel Cards have been around for a long time but I have never made one. The reason? I was pretty sure only my card-maker friends would know what to do with it and I refused to make a card that I needed to include directions with. That all changed when I saw the Stand Up Helper dies here at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I couldn’t wait to try one for myself.

Here is the card in the closed position.  I chose one of the beautiful purse Peel-Offs as the focal point, attaching it to water colour paper and painting it with Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.


It’s wonderful that Elizabeth Craft Designs now has embossing folders, and this one is my very favourite!



1.  Cut card base from purple textured card stock, 11″ x 4-1/4″. Score across the center to form a
5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ standard (A2) tall card.  Make another score line across the center of the card front at 2-3/4″ and set aside. This is the base for your Stand Up card.

2.  Cut a 2nd piece of purple textured card stock, 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.

3.  Cut a white panel, 5″ x 3-3/4″ and emboss with the Swirly Curves embossing folder. Mat with a slightly larger panel of black card stock.

4.  Fussy cut the (now dry) water coloured purse and the bow, using a piece of foam tape to attach the bow to the front of the purse.  Add the purse to the embossed and matted panel as shown.

5.  Cut a strip of white card stock that will fit your sentiment and notch each end.

6.  Cut a strip of purple textured card stock, 4-1/4″ wide and deep enough to mat your notched sentiment. Add black Peel-Off border stickers to the top and bottom edges. Pop the notched sentiment strip up on the purple one with foam tape and adhere to the purse panel as shown.


7.  Now take your purple base card. On the front of the card you will see that there is a score line across the center. Add adhesive from this score line to the bottom front edge, including the sides.  Carefully line up the purse panel to this adhesive – you want the bottom and side edges to match up evenly.  Now we are ready for the inside!

8.  Line up the bottom of the flower Stand-Up die, 1/2″ in from the left edge and 1″ up from the bottom. Run it through your cutting machine with the required plates. Repeat on the right edge.

9.  Add a small flower Peel-Off to the center area of each flower, and lightly add colour with the same tools used to colour the purse.


10.  Cut a 1″ strip of white card stock, emboss with the Swirly Curves embossing folder. Mat with black card stock and adhere across the inside bottom as shown.


11.  Cut a white panel 3-3/4″ x 3-1/2″, and mat it with black. Stamp your sentiment with black ink.
(I added colour with pencils blended with Gamsol and a blending stump). See the flower above the sentiment? I used a Transfer Sheet to attach the negative Peel-Off flower image to a scrap piece of Shimmer Sheetz then fussy cut it. It makes such a lovely embellishment, with all the shimmer and shine from the Shimmer Sheetz. This is a great way to use up any scraps you might have, and get ‘double-duty’ from your Peel-Offs.


12.  Lightly fold back the flower Stand-Up Helpers along the line that scores when you cut them into the card, and tuck the bottom edge of the card front into them. There you have it – a Stand Up Card!

The best part? My Mother-in-Law was visiting when I finished this card. I gave it to her and asked “if you got this in the mail, would you know what to do with it?”. She looked at it, opened it right up, noticed the Stand-Up Helpers and put it together exactly as I’d hoped. No instructions required!

Supplies used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

2526 Cute Bags Peel-Off Sticker
E119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder
1167 Borders Peel-Off Sticker
0378 Party Peel-Off Sticker (small flowers)
792 Stand Up Helpers
600 Transfer Sheet
SS 0103 Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
WP 903 Water Colour Paper

White card stock
Purple textured card stock – Colorbok
Black card stock
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Water Brush – Tim Holtz
Word stamp on the front – Stampin’ Up!
Word stamp inside – Riley & Company
Prismacolor Pencils
Blending Stump

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  • Reply Mary Prasad May 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful stand-up card! Pretty colors!

  • Reply Frances Byrne May 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    SUch a fabulous card Karen, love the flower peel-off in the centre of the flower stand-up helper pieces .. this is such a fun die set for sure!

  • Reply Georgia Peachequilla50 May 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Gr8 easy card! I’ll will be trying the stand up card soon…thanks for sharing

  • Reply aking42 May 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Really pretty card; I understand what you mean about having to explain how a card works! But once I explained it, my friends wanted more “stand up” cards! Now with these dies, easel cards are much easier!! Thanks to El!!

  • Reply Debra Hensley May 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    So cute Karen! I love the sentiment!!

  • Reply Raquel Mason May 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Pretty card Karen! I really like how you’ve used 2 flowers as your Stand Up Helper & added the little flower Peel-Off too….what a nice touch.

  • Reply Judi Kauffman May 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Wonderful card! The Stand Up Helpers dies fall into the “didn’t-know-I-needed-’em, can’t-live-without-’em” category for sure! I say the words simple and easy a LOT when talking about Elizabeth Craft Designs’ dies. Saying them again now.

  • Reply Rita Edwards May 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I loved everything about your card, Karen! And creating a stand up card with such great instructions sure so nice! I also love the inside of your card, so happy! Xxx

  • Reply Candy Spiegel May 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    It’s cute! I’ve never made one, either, but I think I am going to order that die set and try it out.

  • Reply Marge Burns May 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Very nice and a surprise as thought it was going to say……..have too many purses. 🙂

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