Spring Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make

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There are lots of great occasions for sending cards during the spring: St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, graduations, and more. However, sometimes you just feel like making a spring themed card without a specific occasion in mind. There are lots of great themes and messages that you can use any time during the season. Alternatively, use these themes for other specific occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and sending thank yous, that occur throughout the spring.

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3D Butterflies Card

This card has so much great texture and detail with the buttons, yarn, zig zag sewing, lace, rhinestones, and varying patterned papers. Even including one or two of these details in one of your cards will give it so much character. Of course the butterflies are a classic spring choice, too. I love what she did here with the different colors for each one and yarn antennae. There are lots of great spring color combinations that you can use for this type of design.


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Layed Paper and Ribbon Flower Card

This is another card with great texture. Creating a flower with multiple layers of paper, an embellishment detail (charm, button, rhinestone, etc.), and/or a ribbon detail (such as the great polka dot ribbon here) will add so much to your card. Building a single, detailed flower is all you need to make a great mini card or gift tag.

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Spring Chicks Card

If you've read any of my Easter articles, you know how much I love chicks. They're perfect for general spring cards as well as Easter cards. You can create chicks with just about any kind of paper or fabric. There are some great chick stamps and stickers out there, too. Consider adding dimension with wings in a different paper or fabric or with a 3D googly eye.

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Yarn Flowers Card

The more I learn about making greeting cards, the more methods I acquire for creating flowers. So many of these ideas are so easy and so beautiful. These yarn flowers are no exception. The blog authors here do a great job explaining how versatile these flower designs are for so many different types of spring cards. Although this tutorial doesn't include any templates, I have provided a link below for just one of the many available online.

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Folded Heart Flowers Card

In addition to being in awe of all of the methods out there for creating flowers, I am also continually in awe of all of the things that you can create with folded hearts. I had a lot of fun with folded hearts for St. Patrick's Day shamrocks and am now excited to give these heart flowers a try. You can customize this concept with any size heart and any number of petals. I am not a big advocate of buying lots of expensive scrapbook supplies. I write these articles to inspire people, not to push products. However, there are some projects where one or two tools make a difference. This is one of those projects. A heart punch will be well worth the money.

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April Showers Umbrella Card

"April showers bring may flowers" is a classic message to use for an all-purpose blank spring greeting card. Pair a large umbrella with it as this card features and/or include raindrops and flowers. There are a lots of fun possibilities here. This is yet another card with a lot of dimension. Take note of the different textures and patterns and think about how you can use these techniques in your own card making to give your cards a lot of character.

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Feeding the Chicks Card

I had to return to chicks and buttons one more time. Of course I also love the polka dots here. Offsetting the chick picture with another scalloped rectangle set at a different angle is a great touch, as are the sweet little pink bows. The author does link to the chick picture she used, which is available for purchase. There are lots of similar images to print out there as well as stamps.

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Thank You Spring Card

As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, it is very easy to take a classic spring concept such as flowers for a specific occasion during the season, such as sending thank you notes. If you have a spring wedding and/or wedding shower, birthday, baby shower, or graduation, consider making your own thank you notes with a cheery seasonal theme.

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Sewn Flowers Card

I have been fascinated with this sewing concept ever since I saw the tutorial from this same blog author for sewing hearts. The technique for these flowers is very similar to the hearts and just as inspired. Consider creating flowers in a single color palette with varied papers for that color set or mix it up with a variety of colors and patterns. I love how the author used old book pages and sheet music for her cards. Green ribbon for the stems adds the perfect touch.

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Embossed and Layered Butterflies Card

I wanted to add one more butterfly card to this article because it includes one technique that I haven't covered before: embossing. This is yet another method to add a new dimension to your card. I love the 3D effect here of the embossed butterflies in the background and the layered butterflies in the foreground. The author did a great job pulling together patterns and shades in the purple/green palette.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This looks like great fun, good work!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Jackie!


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tnderhrt23 4 years ago

This is right up my alley! I love handmade cards and am always on the lookout for new ideas! Great hub, Thanks!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Beautiful! Your craft hubs make me want to open a craft store...then I can go bankrupt trying out all the WONDERFUL things there are to make! Hehehe. Great fun! I love this. :)


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I am not into arts and crafts myself, but some of my family and friends are, so I'm sharing this hub. It is very well designed and written and has lots of good ideas.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

What wonderful ideas for spring greeting cards! They would make terrific Mother's Day cards! Voted up and pinned!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Card designs are lovely. I think I will use some of the designs for the coming up New year in Nepal.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

tnderhurt, that's great! Have fun with your card making.

Cyndi, there is no way that I could work in a craft store because I would seriously lose money haha. I'm glad that you're enjoying my crafty hubs.

B. Leekley, thanks for sharing this! I appreciate the feedback.

Stephanie, thanks! You're right that a lot of these ideas would work well for Mother's Day cards.

Vinaya, thanks! That's great.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Rose, these cards are super cute! I think the yarn flower one may be my favorite.. it's a tie between that and the sewn flower one. Thank you for another awesome hub :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What inventive projects, and so pretty too!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Jamie and Christy!


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Very cute and fun ideas here! Great work, randomcreative. I will have to try some of these and wish I would've seen this hub before Easter. Great work, voted up, useful, etc.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wonderful ideas for greeting cards, I am looking forward to trying them, thank you.

Voting up, sharing and pinning.

Best wishes Lesley


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

beautiful, fun cards. wonderful ideas!!!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

The embossed butterfly card looks really cool. Not sure if my hands are crafty enough to make something like that, but I might give it a try someday. Voted up!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

brittanytodd, thanks! You'll have lots of great ideas for Easter next year.

Lesley, thanks! Have fun with your card making.

Lynn, thanks!

Om, embossing is a great effect. Honestly I haven't experimented with it much but it isn't too tricky and the results are always satisfying. You should think about giving it a try!


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

When my girls were younger, we throw birthday parties for them each year. I had a much enjoyable time making my own "simple" party invitation cards applying my drawings and move them as prints on coloured papers. You see, party give-away are already costly and I go temptingly crazy about it; so I create my cards so I don't have to spend again. The same with making personalized Christmas cards from our family and mailing them out early. I better dig into my boxes to find samples of them and post them.

This is full of awesome pictures and information. Thank you for sharing! Voted.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

coffeegginmyrice, it's great creating your own cards and other materials like that! You're right that not only are you creating personalized materials, but they are cheaper.

Thanks!


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

Just lovely. Your hub about making personal cards is helpful because this gesture of creating personal cards is one of the most sublime-proving thoughtful act of caring.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Daisy! I was talking to someone about that exact concept today. So true!


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samadaslam 4 years ago

Wow... You are awesome, I loved this Hub really. I used to create Cross Stitch Greeting cards but your handmade cards are far better than those i used to make. You are too creative and all he ideas are fabulous. I loved it and will be looking for some more creative ideas like this. So following you as no other option. Thank you so much.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks samadaslam! I can't take credit for coming up with all of these ideas, just for compiling them. I'm really glad that you enjoyed them. Cross-stitch greeting cards are a great option, too. I write a lot of hubs on craft topics like this and am glad that you'll be reading more of them!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Great hub! I linked to it in my newest poem about spring, well done!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Christy! I appreciate the promo!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@randomcreative...This Hub is replete with wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing this skill and inspiring new ideas, as well!

I love this creative art, but seldom take the time to engage in it because I'm always chomping at the bit to write something new. I admire your skill and enjoyed the Hub immensely!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Barb!

It's tough to balance everything. Writing is important, too!


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

Love your ideas. Thanks


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks!


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

What a wonderful selection of cards you've chosen. I have never made a handmade card but I have bought them before. I have a few issues with them. One is sending them throught the mail, that can always knock off buttons and such. I think they need to be marked fragile and then sent in a padded envelope.

The other problem I have is unless they are going to someone who really appreciates the work that has gone into it, I feel it is a bit of a waste.

The run-of-the-mill cards are so generic and unimpressive though.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Blond Logic, thanks! It really depends on the nature of the card as to how it should be shipped. Sellers should be aware of potential issues and inform their customers accordingly.

I agree with you on both accounts. Handmade cards offer a special touch that is hard to find stores, but is it really worth the effort? Some people appreciate it more than others.

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