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[Easel Card Tutorial] Celebrate Diane's Birthday with Us!

Posted by Graphic 45 09/14/2018 43 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

  Welcome to a very special Birthday blog!  Today, we are celebrating the Mother of Graphic 45, Head Designer and CEO's birthday, Diane Schultz!  To kick off this celebration our talented Special Project Designer and honorary family member, Annette Green has created a show-stopping Easel Birthday Card complete with a step by step tutorial.  Annette has used our newly reprinted collection, Steampunk Debutante, Stamped Metal Brads, and Regular Tag & Gear Die to complete this elegant card.  Following this card we have our weekly contest winner to announce so be sure to check that out, and join the party and leave your birthday wishes for Diane below.  


Diane Schultz of Graphic 45

Happy Birthday to our Fearless Leader,
Diane Schultz!


Check out this interview to learn all about Diane and find out how Graphic 45 started and where we got our name from… Here


Steampunk Debutante Card for Diane

By Annette Green


“Easel cards are always a favorite of mine to create since there’s so much “real estate” in which to showcase various papers. They’re also more of a home decorative item because of their stand-up quality. I created this especially for our Graphic 45 Queen and creator Diane Schultz who I’ve come to consider a friend as well as a colleague in the design world. A little birdie told me that Diane is quite fond of Steampunk Debutante, and I’m guessing because it’s one of the earlier collections she designed. As a secret “nod” to Diane, I used pieces from my original pack of Steampunk Debutante from 2010, as you’ll see in the photos. Happy Birthday, Diane!” ~Annette

Steampunk Debutante—Deluxe Collector's Edition

Graphic 45 Supplies:



  • Teal cardstock
  • Metallic copper cardstock
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Soft Mat
  • Ball Stylus


Steampunk Debutante Card for Diane Tutorial Directions

By Annette Green


  1. 6” x 6” easel card.

  2. From desired cardstock, cut the pieces shown. Two skinny strips can be about 5” x ⅛” each.


  1. Score the large piece along the 12” edge as shown.


  1. Fold the scored piece and adhere the 6” x 6” card to the last fold.


  1. Cut two squares from Eclectic Emporium and adhere.


  1. And this one also from Eclectic Emporium and adhere to inside panel.


  1. Cut a square from Garden Gears and adhere to the card front.


  1. Cut the rectangle from Nouveau Artistry and adhere to inside panel, and then the square from Ephemera Extraordinaire and adhere to inside of card.


  1. Cut apart the lady from Nouveau Artistry up to the red line. Cut Take Flight 4 ⅜” x 4 9/16”, then Mechanical Mind 4 ⅝” x 4 13/16”.


  1. Adhere the three pieces from the previous step to card front.


  1. Fussy cut the Dream journaling card twice from the two sheets of Take Flight. Cut one in half, making sure to fussy cut the floral portion of this one. Fussy cut other elements from various papers. Note: some items shown here are from the original collection’s Tags page. Use images as you desire, including chipboard which comes in the Deluxe Collector’s Edition.


  1. Adhere elements to the inside panel. Embellish the tag with brads or adhesive pearls like I did here.


  1. Gather metal embellishments. Use jewelry pliers to snap off the prongs from three Graphic 45 metal brads. Decorative metal photo corners can be added as an option as well.


  1. Adhere the metal photo corners to the card front and begin layering fussy cuts, using dimensional foam.


  1. Use strong metal glue to adhere the brad heads to the circles on the left, and layer more fussy cuts on the right.



  1. The large fussy cut butterfly is from Time Flies. Give it some realistic shape by placing it face down on a soft mat then “stir” the wings with a large ball stylus until they begin to “cup.”

  2. Flip the butterfly face up and stroke gently down the body only.


  1. Place adhesive on the body of the butterfly and adhere in place.


  1. Fussy cut a few red roses for a pop of color from Time Flies.


  1. Tuck the roses among the other fussy cuts and adhere with dimensional foam.


  1. Die cut metallic copper cardstock from the Regular Tag & Gears Die.


  1. Cut away individual gears and adhere to card front as desired. Save some gears for the inside.


  1. Adhere the Dream journaling piece to the inside, close to the bottom edge as shown. Place ample amounts of dimensional foam to the back of the half Dream piece. This will serve as the stopper for your easel card.


  1. From the sticker sheet, spell out your message. Using the skinny cardstock strips helps to line things up and keep the individual stickers connected as a unit. It’s helpful to do this step on a non-stick craft mat.


  1. Trim away any excess of the skinny strips and adhere to the card’s inside, along with fussy cuts and more copper gear pieces.


  1. Adhere a metal clock key with strong glue and dimensional foam. See how the popped-up journaling piece gives our easel card a place to prop against?






A little “nod” to Diane on the back of the card.


Weekly Blog Contest


This week’s prize package is a Christmas Magic Package, a $65 value.  The Winner is…. Kirsty Vittetoe!


Kirsty had this to say on our Club G45 - Vol 9 post: “Your project is just perfect! I am loving this G45 collection!”


We want to thank everyone who participated in this week’s contest by leaving your thoughtful and inspirational comments.  We are honored to have such an amazing community! Kirsty, please email to claim your prize.  


What a great way to start the weekend!  We hope you have been inspired to try out a new technique and create something beautiful.  We want to thank you for stopping by, and to Annette for this amazing tutorial and birthday card.  Be sure to leave your birthday wishes for Diane below, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

43 Comment(s)

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Happy Birthday to you, Diane!!!! Hope you have a blast on your special day!!! I really love this card by Annette with the step by step tutorial, super awesome! And YAY!!!! Thank you for the prize package, I am so in love with G45 products!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!

Diana Dillon:
09/14/2018, 11:44:35 AM

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

09/14/2018, 11:44:57 AM

Happy birthday, Diane, and wishes for many more to come! I really love G45 and want you to know how much we all appreciate your daring in starting this company - G45 really stands alone in the industry for its unique, artistic, and gorgeously layered lines of paper!

Patricia Molnar:
09/14/2018, 12:20:18 PM

Happy Birthday Diane!! Hope your day is as amazing as you are! Thank you for sharing your talent, creativity and love of papercrafts with all of us!

09/14/2018, 12:22:11 PM

Beautiful project. I loved your design. can't wait to try it out.

Dianne Hart:
09/14/2018, 12:36:10 PM

Happy Birthday

Martie Rollin:
09/14/2018, 12:47:47 PM

Birthday wishes to a talented designer! Loved the detailed tutorial on creating this easel card. Nice work! Congrats to the winner of this gorgeous Christmas collection!

Glenda Buster:
09/14/2018, 12:48:29 PM


Paula R:
09/14/2018, 12:51:36 PM

May you have a fabulous birthday, Diane! Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful products you so lovingly create. Thanks Annette for yet another beautiful creation. You create great projects.

Sue MacFall:
09/14/2018, 01:12:00 PM

This card is beautiful. I can see lots of other collections would work with this format too.Thank you

Judy Phillips:
09/14/2018, 01:12:15 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! I am so grateful for your fabulous company, graphic45....It is by far my favorite company and I have collected as many vintage collections as I can. Have a fabulous day!

Kathy Brown:
09/14/2018, 01:20:55 PM

Beautiful birthday card for a beautiful lady!!! Thanks for the step by step tutorial. Congrats Kristy!!!

Michele Lewis:
09/14/2018, 01:29:41 PM

Happy Happy Birthday to a very special person! Someone who brings so much pleasure to so many deserves a very very special day!

Ellen Haydon:
09/14/2018, 02:12:16 PM

Happy Birthday Diane and I know you are surrounded by your loving family and friends. I sincerely hope you will have a lot more of them to celebrate. The card is such a beautiful on send out to friends and family. Thank you for the tutorial. Ellen from Phoenix

09/14/2018, 02:14:25 PM

I love the tutorial Annette, thank you! Happy Birthday Diane! We love all your designs!

Jan Kennedy:
09/14/2018, 02:31:15 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! And hugs to you and your colleagues! And it's nice to see the card and tutorial by Annette!

Michelle Nettleton:
09/14/2018, 02:54:46 PM


09/14/2018, 03:06:19 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! Hope you have a wonderful day! I loved Anette's wonderful creation.

09/14/2018, 03:13:08 PM

Happy birthday, Diane! Thank you for sharing your design talents with us and creating beautiful paper collections that inspire us to create! xo

She Fowl:
09/14/2018, 03:37:16 PM

Happy Birthday, the card.

Regina Harrison:
09/14/2018, 04:52:29 PM

Happy Birthday Diane and thank you so much for starting this amazing company that I have grown to love. Every collection you come up with is a must have. Have an amazing day:)

Jan G.:
09/14/2018, 05:33:00 PM

A very Happy Birthday Diane! Here's hoping you get everything you wish for on your special day.

09/14/2018, 05:45:05 PM

Happy Birthday, Miss Diane! I hope you are having a fabulous day.

Sue D:
09/14/2018, 06:04:38 PM

Happy Birthday Diane!

09/14/2018, 06:10:16 PM

Happy birthday

Joyce Goode:
09/14/2018, 07:00:37 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane. Please keep up the great drsign work with Graphic 45.

Diane F:
09/14/2018, 07:19:51 PM

Such a beautiful easel card & great instructions! Thank you so much. And thank you, Diane, for G45. Wishing you health & happiness for the coming year.

Sharon Clabaugh:
09/14/2018, 07:26:01 PM

Happy birthday Diana! Love those papers!

Debbie Baez:
09/14/2018, 07:50:16 PM

Happy Bitrhday Diane and many happy and healthy more!!Congrats to Kirsty, nice win!

Ms Joey:
09/14/2018, 09:07:42 PM

Happy Birthday Diane, thank you for starting one of the most beautiful paper producing companies ever. I love Graphic 45 and two companies are the gloves to my hands. Have a wonderful day filled with all your heart desires. Hugs, Ms Joey

Ms Joey:
09/14/2018, 09:11:34 PM

Annette Green, I am sorry that I didn't mention your beautiful card. It is simply gorgeous and is definitely a show stopper. Love your work, it is always a notch above the bar. Smiles, Ms Joey

Claudia Machen:
09/14/2018, 09:17:22 PM

Happy Birthday Diane. We are so lucky you started G45. The Steampunk Debutante is amazing. Love it!

Janet Ingraham:
09/14/2018, 09:30:16 PM

Happy Birthday Diane Schultz! So nice to have a face behind this amazing graphic 45 line!!

Saslyna from Malaysia:
09/14/2018, 10:09:10 PM

Lovely B'day card... Happy Birthday Diane Schultz. May you have more creative life journey ahead

Sherrill Willis:
09/15/2018, 02:44:18 AM

Happy Birthday

Sharon gullikson:
09/15/2018, 02:01:21 PM

Happy birthday to the woman who brings us THE best papers ever!!!

Eniko Delisle:
09/15/2018, 04:46:35 PM

My goodness, Diane...the years of joy you have given so many of us! Happy Birthday!!!

Dawn Belger:
09/15/2018, 06:55:59 PM

Ms. Diane, Happy Birthday.. I had the pleasure of meeting you and your lovely family on the 1st. G45 cruise to the Caribbean. Thank you so much for all the joy in creating you offer all of the paper crafters of the world. Hope your special day was as wonderful as you are.

Carolyn Dean:
09/16/2018, 12:39:45 PM,

Happy Birthday Diane Schultz! A woman who is not afraid to take risk to follow your passion and creativity to turn that into a super successful business-a true inspiration to women worldwide! Take time to celebrate the joy of your Birthday!

Masayo Debra Cole:
09/16/2018, 03:39:25 PM

Passion can fuel so much in life. Happy Birthday Diane and thank you for sharing our passion with us... the true inspiration.

Anne McIntosh:
09/17/2018, 05:50:52 PM

Happy Birthday Diane! I have loved Graphic 45 since the first time I spotted a piece of 12X12 at a scrapbooking store (the late, great Archivers). I'm always amazed at the creativity of you, your family and your design team members. Keep amazing me!

Suzy Q:
09/28/2018, 08:55:10 AM

Happy Birthday Diane! And Happy Birthday to Graphic 45! You all have the best amazing papers ever!

Lynn Milewski:
09/29/2018, 09:05:14 PM

A very Happy Birthday Diane!

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