You will need a base card and a piece to use as a topper. I will do this tutorial for a square card and then look at other shapes, but once you've done one, you can do any of them.
I'm starting with:
• 1 piece of card 14.8 x 29.6cm (this is the largest that you can get from a sheet of A4 card)
• 1 piece of card 14.8 x 14.8
1. Score and fold the larger piece of card in half, then with the card as though you were going to make a tent card with it, score and fold what will be the top piece in half too so that it looks like this:
With this shape of card you can decide whether to make a mountain fold as I have or whether to do a valley fold. I prefer the mountain fold because I think I get a neater effect and it also seems to make the card more stable.
2. You are going to put that to one side for now while you work on the topper. Decorate this just as you do any card and while it is drying, decorate the base of the base card (the unfolded part). Remember to have something such as the greeting or an embellishment, raised up slightly so that the topper can rest against it when the card is on display.
3. When you have done this and everything on your topper is dry, you can attach it to the base card. If you've used the mountain fold, attach the BOTTOM of the topper to the folded front of the base card but if you've decided to use the valley fold, attach the top of the topper.
How you attach the two pieces will be personal choice, you can use wet glue, photo glue or double sided tape. I usually go for DST for speed. Which ever method you use, I have found it easiest to apply it to the base card - that way you can see exactly where to apply it.
4. Turn back a corner of the DST at the edge that will be the bottom edge of the topper. Turning back just a corner allows you to play with the position while you line the two edges up exactly. Once you have them lined up, stick the corner in place and hold the rest in place while you pull the rest of the backing off that strip.
5. You now have one completely stuck edge which will stay in place while you remove the backing from the other 3 sides:
6. Once you've done this and fully secured the topper your card is complete!
This is how it will look closed, and the following two pictures show it displayed:
To use the templates for the shaped cards, the process is the same as described above except that in some cases such as the triangular card, the decision as to whether to do the valley fold or the mountain fold is made for you and in this case it's easy to see which way you need to make the fold for it to work.
The PDF files have two pages - page 1 is the base card and page two is your topper and two slightly smaller sizes that can be useful for mats. (Tip: if you use the snapshot tool which you will find under tools - customise tool bar if you haven't already got it on your tool bar in adobe reader, you can copy and paste just the topper into word or a graphics program and resize it to your own choice. The icon for the snapshot tool is a camera and all you do is click on it then draw a box around the area you want to be copied then paste it into the application you are going to use.)
You can either print the templates directly onto the cardstock you are going to use or you can make a template to draw around any time you want to use it.
All of the templates work in the same way as the square one in that you fold the top part of the base card in half to attach the topper to. With the triangular version you must make it a mountain fold or it won't work.
It looks like the crease is in the wrong place, but remember that you are creasing to the centre fold which in this instance is the halfway point of the rectangular part in the middle.
Once you've mastered this technique, it's very easy to vary it and your cards will always provide a talking point! There are several differently shaped easel card templates available free here.
I hope you will have lots of fun with these cards.