Happy Birthday!

Its Erika’s birthday! Happy Birthday Erika!! Before meeting Erika, I had a very different impression of ladies who liked knitting (ok crocheting if you want to get technical!) and cats. Nothing good or bad specifically, but I just never thought I’d meet someone who liked knitting and cats AND with whom I could discuss distributed algorithms, Java, etc.

So after looking around for a good cat/yarn digi online, I picked this one from Tiffany Doodles thats so much like Erika! Here is my card:

Cardstock: PTI rustic cream for easel and card-front, Bazzil earthtones brown for layering, SU yellow scraps for background
Inks: PTI true black for sentiment, Tombow markers and distress inks for coloring, Glitter gel pens
Accessories: Sugar Brads
Tools: Silhouette Cameo
Stamp: Tiffany Doodles digi image

Noticed the twine on the ball of yarn? Makes it look more like a real yarnball don’t you think?

And now for my first ever photo tutorial! I made this card using Silhouette Studio (SS) and my Silhouette Cameo. Since I have been making a lot of easel cards lately, I wanted to share this tutorial on how to make an easel card of any shape in SS. Please click on the photos to see an enlarged view.

First start with selecting a shape. I picked a label from a set I downloaded at the Silhouette Store. Then scale it to the size you want the card front to be. My label is approximately 5″ X 5″.

Tip of the day: It is important that you choose a symmetric shape like a square, rectangle or oval.

Label enlarged to size of card front

Save this shape to your library! Next start a new file and copy this shape over twice. Join them together as shown in the photo below. This will make your base card. One half of one square here will fold over to form the easel.

Labels put together

We don’t want the central portion of this cut because then our base card will fall apart! So erase the central portion using the eraser. Here is how it will look when you do this.

Labels with central portion erased

Now this is ready to be cut on your Cameo! This will eventually become your easel.

But wait! We still haven’t made the card front even though we made the easel. For that you will need to cut the shape you saved to library before. Here is a screenshot of how I did it. I wanted the shape and another slightly smaller piece for layering.

Card front with layering

I started a new file and put in the shape saved to library. Then copy-pasted it again and reduced the size slightly. The outer portion I cut from the same cardstock as my easel and the inner portion I cut from brown cardstock for layering.

Now score the easel in the center and fold over one half of one side. Attach the card front to the easel and your card is ready to decorate! Once all the cutting is done on your Cameo, the steps are same as in this great tutorial by Beate. Scroll down to “Variations” here to see the steps for making any easel card.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you have any tips to contribute or any questions, please leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. AnnMarie

    Ok, great card!! Super cute image and the twine was the purr-fect addition!! Also, loved your story about kniting, cats and algorithm conversations and lastly…WOW!! Great tutorial!!!


  2. missmacymay

    Hi Chaitali, I love your sweet card and the clever use of the yarn that is too cute. I like looking at blogs that give tutorials on the Silhouette because I recently bought one and need to learn to be creative with it. I have a question. You mentioned–first you found a label shape to use and then you closed it and opened another file, my question is this–could you have used the “new drawing” icon on the top left screen and that would make a tab at the bottom of the screen and then you could toggle back and forth within one file? I am not sure if you can do this.


    1. Chaitali Narla

      Hi missmacymayThanks for stopping by my blog!You can absolutely do that! I didn’t take my screenshots that way but if you see my very last screenshot, it has 2 tabs in it. The first is for my card easel and the second is the original tab where I resized the label shape. You can make the tabs by clicking the “new drawing” icon or choosing File –> New.


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