Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

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Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you.  The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week.  (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blog on Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)

There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas!  Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card.  Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die!  Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament.  In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way!  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die.  Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension   Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.

The Twisted Easel Card

Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner.  (It will look like a triangle.)
  • Then just fold and crease!  Now you have a twisted easel card base.
  • Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
  • Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
  • When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up.  This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.

TIP:  Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction.  Isn’t that fun?

I love using twisted easel cards as home decor.   This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!

A Hidden Pocket

The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket.  Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens.  You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot.  So now, this card is also a gift!

A Peek Inside

The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior.  I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.

Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them.  They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.

To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




15 thoughts on “Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

  1. Susie Bentz

    Love your festive card – so many fun details! (I love easel cards because of all the surfaces you have to play with!)

  2. Julia Aston

    Goodness Kathy – so much to take in here! What a wonderful twisted easel design and a gorgeous mix of colors and patterns with your pretty papers! A beautiful card highlighting Eileen’s fun mitten die!

  3. Isabel Gonzalez

    Yay, more mittens!!! Pretty soon there’s going to be a pair for everyone. Lol!! Excuse my silliness, Kathy, but you already know I love mittens and each one of your projects is such a delight!!! This card is no exception. I had never seen a twisted easel card before. Yours turned out gorgeous, as usual. Take care, my friend!!! I am off to watch your video.

  4. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a darling, joyful card and with a twist! How cool! I love the mittens. When I was a little girl I sometimes got gloves for Christmas. But secretly I always wanted mittens. LOL This is another fantastic collection from Authentique. What great colors and designs. Your embellishments are so beautiful and festive. I especially like the silver snowflake and that sentiment on top. Going now to watch the video,Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  5. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness!!! This is as cute as can be! Luv’n those mittens girl!!! They are definitely on my wishlist! See …I’d of never thought to make a Christmas, twisted, easel card!!! Hmmmm … I have yet to make my first twisted easel card! I luv the other one so much! I’d better get with it! Thanks for sharing! Stay safe …hugs, Suzy Q

  6. MaryH.

    Kathy, your cards are like those wonderfully imaginative special gifts we are sometimes lucky recipients of….wrapped in gorgeous paper, trimmed with special items, and tied with spectacular bows. When opened the surprises continue as there are boxes in boxes that reveal present after present; treasure after treasure which you hope will not end. The exploration of your wonderful project is like this adventure and contributes to the joy & anticipation your heart experiences. Thank you for the wonder of Christmas revisited!


    I love this twisted card – you just ooze creativeness with every project you come up with – oh, to have part of your talent – thanks for always sharing what you make and the great tutorials!!

  8. Helen Budz

    This is so delightful, Kathy. Like how the gift card can be tucked into the mittens. The twisted easel design is great for cards that double as home decor, right? Those mittens are just the right size for so many projects. I just started my first set of twisted easel cards last week –only the front is completed at this time–so seeing how you finished the inside has given me some ideas on just what I can do to finish mine. tfs-stay well. Hugs.

  9. soozyb2013

    Super cute Kathy. Even tho’ I don’t want to rush the summer. Lovely Christmas in July card!!!

  10. Jennifer Scull

    oh, Kathy, this is fabulous! made me smile just as soon as it opened in my browser window. 🙂 so many beautiful elements. I am planning for a virtual Christmas craft with my DIL’s, so this is perfect timing!

    have a wonderful day! 🙂

  11. Claire Gagne

    What a stunning card here Kathy!! Super duper one for sure. I love everything about it my dear.
    Keep on going with the wonderful creations of yours.

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