Art Philosophy Twisted Easel Card ~ Live The Life You’ve Imagined


I saw a video that Beate at Splitcoast Stampers did on a twisted easel card last week and was inspired to play with this idea using some of the great cuts on the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. Here is one of the cards I ended up with! Be sure to click on the link above to watch Beate tutorial to see how to make this great card.

If you are not familiar with this Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart you must take a good look at it! I highly recommend it. It has 700 cuts and addresses every season and major holiday. It and the Artiste from Close To My Heart are my go to cartridges for most projects.

I started with Circle4 on page 61 of the Art Philosophy handbook and welded them together to make the base of my card. My card is oversized at 10.44 inches but you can adjust the size to fit your needs and designs easily using CCR or Gypsy or Design Studio. I cut the extra top layer at 5.5 inches tall.


The inside layer is Circle1 (yellow print from DCWV) is cut at 4 inches and is found on page 21 of the Art Philosophy handbook. I added a piece of ecru lace ribbon and some ribbon at Michaels using sticky tape to adhere it.

Next I added three flowers using the shift font image on page 68 of the Art Philosophy handbook. Flowers do not get any easier than this! I love the flowers on the cartridge! So easy, so cute, and cut at 1.5 inches they cut like a hot knife in butter. This paper is textured with a gloss finish and they cut perfectly the first time. Blade at 6, speed and pressure on high on my Cricut Expression. I added some extra bling around the flowers from my stash.


Okay back to the front of my card. Another awesome cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge is this font layer shift cut on page 68 at 4 inches high. It cut perfectly and I used a glittery paper that is pretty thick from DCWV so I used the multi cut feature and let it cut 2 times at a med speed. My blade was still set at 6 and pressure was set at high. The inside layer is the circle1 cut I used previously but this time is set at 2.8 in tall. I used some Ranger Distressed Inks Wild Honey and applicator to distress the smaller Circle1 cut. My sentiment is stamped using a Tim Holtz clear stamp set (Journey) using Rangers Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stamped one of the images from this stamp set on vanilla card stock scrap in a tangerine ink and fussy cut it. I popped it up using some adhesive tape. I really like this image of this stamp and am happy to have it in my collection!


I spent more time trying to decide what papers to use than I did designing, cutting, and assembling this card. It’s that easy using a great cartridge from Close To My Heart and some inspiration from Beate over at SCS!

Novembers Specials!


This month’s stamp of the month coordinates with the Artiste cartridge and is perfect for those of you who like to make your own mini calendars. Also it has a GREAT journing box for layouts!
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1211A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products!

To show support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of our November promotion. Just one more reason to “Capture The Date, Capture the Savings” this month!

Also, in November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!
* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut® collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.
Dates: Offer valid November 1–30, 2012
If there has been a stamp set that you have had your eye on, but have not taken the plunge yet…this is your promo!

Now don’t forget that you can still buy the fabulous Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges, so if you have not taken the plunge yet, come on in the water is great!



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