How to: Fancy French Frame Easel Card

Hi friends,

Happy Friday!  For those of you who have been asking, our next shows on HSN will be May 2nd! Anna Griffin Elegant Papercrafting will be live at 2am, 11am, 5pm and 9pm. Next week we will start to preview the items for those shows here on the blog.

News flash! Registration for the 4th Annual Anna Griffin | Create opens on April 2nd. If you are interested in attending, we will have all of the details right here on Monday morning so make sure to check back.

Today we have 2 videos for you; one is a beautiful easel card tutorial and the other is our Fan Mail Friday feature. Both are jam packed with tips, tricks and news!

Now, easel cards may look intimidating, but never fear, Anna Griffin is here! This tutorial makes it easy to create an impressive card using any of your cutting dies. Let’s make it together!

Fancy French Frame Easel Card

Finished Size: 5×7 card


  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Fancy French Frame Dies, 603-507
  • (1) Piece of floral double sided patterned card stock, cut to 5”x 12”
  • (1) Piece of floral double sided patterned card stock, cut to 5”x 7”
  • (1) Piece of blue patterned card stock, cut to 3 ¼”x 5”
  • (1) Piece of gold foil card stock, cut to 3”x 3 ½”
  • (3) Floral embellishments
  • Sentiment Sticker
  • Foam squares
  • Adhesive (tape runner)


Score the  5”x 12” piece of floral patterned card stock at 6″ and fold in half. Note that our paper has a pattern on both sides. We have folded the paper so that our main pattern is on the inside of the fold.

Using the Cricut Cuttlebug® and our large Fancy French frame die, cut the folded piece of card stock. Align the non folded edge along the bottom of the die. The folded edge will be lower than the top of the die because the card is 6 inches high against a 7 inch die.

On the folded die cut card, measure and mark the center of the card front and score horizontally with the scoring nib of your tool ‘n one. Peak fold the card front to create the base structure for your easel card.

Cut and emboss the Fancy French frame from the floral patterned card stock.

Using the Cricut Cuttlebug® and the center die from the Fancy French Frames set, cut the inner frame from the blue patterned card stock.

Cut and emboss the gold foil card stock using the flourish die from the Fancy French Frames set.

Assembly: Apply double sided adhesive to the front of the peak folded card base.

Attach the die cut and embossed frame aligning the design at the base.

Using foam squares, attach the blue patterned inner frame.

Adhere the gold foil flourish with foam squares.

Attach two floral embellishments and the sentiment sticker to the frame of the card.

Using foam adhesive, attach the third floral embellishment to the base of the card. The floral embellishment will hold the card upright when on display. Lift to release and lay flat for mailing.

You can make an easel card with any of our large frame cut and emboss dies just by die cutting a folded card and scoring across the center. Have fun! These beautiful dies will be back in stock on at the end of April.

It’s my favorite time of the week….it is time for Fan Mail Friday! Just look at all of this crafting goodness!

Make sure to meet us back here on Monday for 2 posts that you are not going to want to miss!




  1. Sissy Geist says:

    always wanted to make easel friend Penny has shown me several times but to no I think I can….

  2. Ruth says:

    I do not have the French frames so I used your other frames to make my firstbeadel card using your instructions. Great fun!

  3. Patricia May says:

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to show us how to make a great easel card it looks so easy i am going to have to try it today and see how mine turns out… Again thanks for the info and the video.

  4. Angie K. says:

    Beautiful card!!! Love the French Frame dies!! So exquisite! May 2nd can’t come soon enough!

  5. Regina says:


    Thank you so much for the easel card video, it’s such an inspiration for me. I love all the instructional videos you do, thanks for all the time you spend doing them.

  6. Claribel Hernandez says:

    Anna, thank you so much for the easel card instructions. I had a rough idea, but your video made it all clear for me. Now I’m going to go easel crazy with all the beautiful Anna Griffin frame dies I have. This is going to be so much fun.

  7. maggie johnson says:

    love the paper. thank you for the easel tutorial. when will you restock the Favorite Flowers stickers.

  8. MawJ says:

    Are you going to have more of the deflecto trays in May? Are you bringing back the metallic and foil paper packs? Both were gone before I had a chance to order! The Easel card is beautiful and you make it so easy! See you on the 2nd!

  9. Kelly Licina says:

    Thank you, Anna! Those easil cards are all the rage and I was wondering how to make one. I can’t wait to try it. Your tutorial was perfect!!

  10. Dorothy Trexler says:

    Well Anna you have done it again, you have come up with another beautiful card, where do you get all your fanatic ideas. Have you ever dreamed about designs?

    Have a great day.

  11. Trish says:

    Saving up for your next show – so excited!! Hope we hear news soon on your electronic cutting machine – oh my! Beautiful tutorial & gorgeous fan mail. Thank you & Happy Easter!

  12. Grama Pei says:

    LOVE this tutorial! Thank you so very much, Anna, for sharing it with all of us! Its SO beautiful! I wanted to get time to craft this card tonight, but … Ok, tomorrow… ! Cant WAIT! I am in the mood for crafting, but seems like the rest of the household are in the mood for –Mama!… So, Tomorrow! The anticipation is part of the bliss, of course… 🙂

  13. Becky Jo Cannon says:

    Anna, Happy Happy Easter! You are so right, this Griffinite loves your sharing of all the creativity & love sent your way! I love Eggs. I collect some egg cups & a few unique eggs. But Love the Fabrege eggs! All the cards are so different every time! The tutorial is going to be fun to try! This craft month has been so much fun & love!

  14. Mary Jane Romero says:

    Thanks for demystifying the easel card. Looks so complex, but now I have the confidence to try it.

  15. Kathleen K. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. It looks so easy. I was afraid to try easel cards but after watching your tutorial, I think I can do it!!L

  16. Gloria Prillaman says:

    Hello Anna!
    I forgot to include Easter wishes to you in my previous comment. “Many blessings to you especially here at Easter and beyond!”

  17. Gloria Prillaman says:

    Hello Anna!
    Thank you for the easel card instructions! I will have to give this a try very soon.
    Oh, Anna…., I’m just simply thrilled to hear that you will be coming out with an electronic die cutting machine! I’ve been having a lot of problems with my hands (thumbs, especially) and find it painful to use the Cuddlebug at times. I purchased a Gemini, and have not been satisfied with it as the plates warp so easily & quickly even with rotating the plates after each cut. I know your new machine will be designed especially to cut your “heavy duty” Anna Griffin dies, and I feel like you will design plates & embossing mats that won’t be destroyed after a few uses like the “competition”. Can you give us a “hint” or general idea as to when this machine will be coming out? Will it be during 2018? As you can tell, I’m anxious!
    Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place!

  18. Sue A says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on making easel cards. I am breaking out my dies now and will look at them in a completely new way! You are the best Anna! Have a wonderful Easter. He has risen!

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  20. Kathy Klosowski says:

    Hi Anna! Thanks so much for this tutorial on the easel card. They look so complicated to make but you made it look so easy. Can’t wait to try this technique. Thank you! Happy Easter to you and your staff! Please keep the tutorials coming.

  21. Pamela Harris says:

    Hello Anna
    I absolutely loved your French Frames tutorial.
    I’ve done easel cards before but not quite this
    beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.


  22. Audrey Olander says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I never made an easel card but you make it look so easy. Gotta try it with my Fancy French frame dies!

  23. Kim Hund says:

    Thank you for the beautiful tutorial Anna! Love this card and the idea behind it. Can’t wait to experiment. Have a Happy Easter!

  24. Tracy Rager says:

    I have this frame die (which I just love) and I love easel cards…so I’m definitely going to try this! Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. Beverly Limbach says:

    This easel card looks much more difficult to make than it is. The step by step video shows that even I can make it. I love the lacy die and the delicate result.

  26. Frankie Rolfe says:

    Beautiful French cut die. Definitely one for my vastly expanding collection. Thanks Anna,

  27. Frankie Rolfe says:

    Beautiful French cut die. Definitely one for my vastly expanding collection. Thanks Anna,

  28. Charita Giles says:

    Anna, thank you for the easel card video! I’m excited about trying this! I got an email from HSN saying the French frames were out of stock and they couldn’t process my order. I’m looking forward to them returning. In the meantime…I have plenty of your other dies I can use 😉 lol.

  29. Donna from Florida says:

    Liked the tutorial very much. So helpful in expanding our selection of how our cards can stand for display!

  30. Annette Johnson says:

    Amazing I love the way the card stands up for display. Happy Easter to everyone and God bless

  31. Donna Marie De Graw says:

    Thank you Anna for sharing how to make a easel card. I have been wanting to make one for a long time. Thanks for sharing that idea with us.

  32. Elizabeth A says:

    That tutorial was illuminating! I’ve seen those but never made one, Anna you made it look very doable and now I’ll give it a try. Thank you so much!

  33. Ann R says:

    Loved your video on easel cards. There are so many videos and yet you somehow managed to make it so simple. Todays project is going to be an easel card with my Fancy French Frame die.

  34. Ruth Manor says:

    Happy Easter, Anna! Your easel card is lovely. Checked HSN and the dies are sold out. Saw where they’ll be back in stock the end of April. Can’t wait to see your new electronic machine on Monday, April 2nd. (I think that’s what you meant to say at the end of your video, not May 2nd.)

  35. Lorri Shadis says:

    Thank you so much for showing us how to do this. Easel card fever is going around and now I might give this a try.

  36. Mary Esser says:

    Anna you made my day.
    An Anna Griffin electric cutting machine! I have been looking for one!!!! Hope you offer it soon.
    I need it.

  37. Carol Dale says:

    Happy Easter! Thank you for sharing this beautiful Tutorial! Fellow Griffinites your work is amazing!

  38. Sharon A. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! You make it look so easy! I definitely am going to try this one. The card is beautiful!


    Hi Anna and Team,

    What a beautiful easel card. Thank you for the tutorials. This particular card is stunning. will give it a shot. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

  40. Michelle G loves paper says:

    How did you know I was planning on learning how to make an easel card. Simple and elegant, I’m impressed once again

  41. Jane Forrest says:

    Happy Easter Anna ! Thank you for the great video. I am going to make one of those cards today !!

  42. marie_fix@yahoo,com says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial using those great dies and for sharing your mail candy with us! It is no wonder we all love you. We all need such goodness in our lives,

  43. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I really like the trellises and flowers. I need to find out about your event. I didn’t know that you do them…

  44. says:

    Thank you for your great video. What an inspiration you are to so many of us. May you have a wonderful Happy and Blessed Easter!
    Love you,

  45. Dottie Butler says:

    Thank goodness I have the Fancy French Frame Dies — using them will make many beautiful & unique cards. Also I love your easy-to-follow directions. Lastly thank you for Create 4 — shall sign up ASAP!!!

  46. Linda DeVries says:

    Anna, thanks for the easel card instruction. I love the fan mail. Such beautiful creations!

  47. Lauren Butler says:

    Okay, wow…now I understand the magical and mysterious steps to a beautiful easel card!

    So wonderful! Off to my crafty space!

    Happy Easter Anna and to all ya all!

  48. Leslie Ramsey says:

    I already knew how to make an easel card.(thank you Helene for ALL your classes). However I never thought to use the frame dies. Once I get my house it will be a fun technique to play with. Once again the Griffinites made such beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing. I love Fan Mail FridayHappy Crafting!!!

  49. Charlene Helgoth says:

    What great timing, Anna! I’ve been looking for some direction on making this very easel card. My Mother-In-Law lives in a wonderful assisted living community and loves getting my cards. Easel cards are perfect for her to stand up and display so she can enjoy them in her living room. Thank you for your beautiful designs for the most beautiful cards!

  50. Barbara H. says:

    Thank you for demystify this project! Always wanted to make this card & now I can! Will love using all my 2sided, precut AG papers you selected! You are an inspiration & so generous in all you do!

  51. Patricia May says:

    Love this easel card i cant wait to get it in may when you are on HSN . I am so very glad that you did this die… You and your crew are rught up on top of things going on. The new ideas you come up with… Have a great Easter to all…

  52. Sharon Bounds says:

    Good morning and thanks for the tutorials. I am still learning how to make your beautiful cards
    Sharon Bounds

  53. Gena Greenlee says:

    Such beautiful cards, so many talented people!! Lucky you, Anna!! You are so blessed!! Happy Easter to you and everyone at Anna Griffin Inc!!

  54. Maureen says:

    My new love is easel cards but they can be tricky, with your tutorial and using your papers and your dies makes them cosi bello and cosi facile ( so beautiful and so easy). Thank you for this tutorial lo adoro ( I love it)

  55. Inez Martinez says:

    Beautiful as always. Another masterpiece
    Made by Anna Griffin. I just adore this card. It’s Annalicious!

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Anna, I love making easel cards and your tutorial was great! Love to just drop in and watch your tutorials. Thank you.

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