Grand Piano Card

by Dina Kowal

Use our free template to create a piano easel card.


  • Cardstock
  • Printable piano template
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Liquid adhesive
  • Foam tape
  • Easel stopper (button used here, die cut mounted on foam tape or other semi-flat embellishment can also be used)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Spellbinders DOM JUL20 - Ornamental Floral Card Creator Die Set, Copic markers, Impression Obsession DIE1091 Slimline Sentiments Flag, WP1102 Typewriter Slimline Shorts)


  1. Step 1

    Print the free card template onto white cardstock. Cut out the piano card template on the outer line (the dashed lines are for reference only). The template should measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

    The full pdf file is a half sheet size (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"). When you print, be sure your printer settings are set to print to scale (100%), not to fit/fill the paper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a quarter sheet of black cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). Trace the piano template onto the cardstock, lining up the lower left corners of the template and panel.

  3. Cut inside the traced line to create the card front.

  4. Step 3

    Cut a half sheet of black cardstock (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"). Score at 4 1/4" and fold.

  5. Trace the piano template onto the cardstock, lining up the lower left corners of the template and panel. Cut inside the traced line to create the card base.

  6. Step 4

    Score the card front 1” from the straight edge.

  7. Step 5

    Score or mark the card base at 1” from the straight edge, only on the front panel.

  8. Cut the 1” x 4 1/4" piece away but do not discard it.

  9. Step 6

    Score the front of the card base at 2 1/2" from the fold as shown.

  10. Make a mountain fold.

  11. Step 7

    Trim the keyboard graphic from the template sheet to 3/4" x 4”.

  12. Layer and adhere it to the 1” x 4 1/4" cardstock strip and adhere it to the inside of the card base (for the sample, black craft foam was used to pop it up slightly).

  13. Step 8

    On the card front panel, fold up at the score line. Add glue to the front of the card base, only to the left of the score line.

  14. Align and adhere the single panel to the card base.

  15. Step 9

    Glue a button, raised die cut or other small embellishment to the inside of the card base where the edge curves out. This will hold the card front/piano top up when the card is displayed.

  16. Step 10

    Decorate the card front as desired. Die cuts were used for the sample, and a small piece of foam tape was placed under the front flower to hold the flap down. This is not required.

  17. To display the card, tuck the edge of the easel piece (folded edge of the front of the card base) under the easel stopper (button here).

  18. Step 11

    Complete the card.



  1. Omit step 6 and make a regular card front without the easel prop and selective gluing.

  2. Create a card base and just trace/cut the template on the front. Adhere the keyboard to the front of the card and add a 1" strip of cardstock above it. Layer cardstock on the inside of the card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Grand Piano Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Awesome! And so much fun!
muscrat  |  Tue Jan 4, 2022 at 6:15 PM
This is a perfect idea for my daughter-in-law's birthday! I've been looking for something new, and this is great for a musician. Thank you so much.
ElaineLawson  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:02 AM
Love this, so creative. I have to try and make this smile
RIRed2  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:28 AM
When I print the template it prints on 8 1/2 x 11 and the template prints too large. I tried several times but it would not and I don't know how to change the settings. I don't want to mess up my printer. Love the card. Will see if I can make my own templates.
Dream Crafter  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:34 AM
Hmm. When you print from your browser, click into 'more settings' and make sure the template is scaled to 100%.
dini  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:37 AM
This prints as a 5"x7". Is it possible to resize to 4-1/4"x5-1/2"?
lacyquilter  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:53 AM
The actual pdf is sized to 5.5x8.5. Your printer settings may be resizing it to fit to a letter size sheet. Make sure it's scaled to 100% when you print.
dini  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 7:59 AM
Thanks...finally got a perfect template.
Dream Crafter  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 8:03 AM
Thank you for sharing the tutorial for this fun card!
brookskaren  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 8:04 AM
Thanks, Dina. I got it to work. I didn't know I had a half sheet option to print. And there's probably a way I could have printed on one end instead of right down the middle LOL.
lacyquilter  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 9:03 AM
I love this! TFS!
AmylovesNormaJean  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 9:09 AM
This is fantastic, I'll be making it for a friend's birthday!
mumpher  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 9:36 AM
Dina, this is just darling! Thnaks for sharing.
janesprando  |  Wed Jan 5, 2022 at 10:19 PM
Love the piano card design! I am working on it now. Thanks so much for the tutorial, template and video! Makes it easy to make
NUTCRACKERGIRL  |  Fri Jan 7, 2022 at 12:51 PM
Oh my gosh-this came at the perfect time for me to make my friend’s birthday card!
Lucy  |  Sat Jan 8, 2022 at 9:06 AM
Thank you so much for response. I was able to get into my user control panel but I have not found the template. I tried to go to Photo Gallery and did not find it. I am not real keen on computer stuff so I am sure I have done something wrong. Thank you so much for the help you did give me
retired2002  |  Tue Jan 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM
I devised a similar GRAND piano card in the 90s (hand cut and hand-carved rubber stamp keyboard) but i LOVE the idea of the raised brace to make it self standing. Big improvement. THANKS FOR SHARING
Sharon Schmidt  |  Fri Jan 21, 2022 at 9:49 AM

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