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Spring Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More spring craft articles from the author.
- Spring Crafts for Kids: Easy, Fun Ideas
This article is filled with spring crafts for kids. It has easy, fun ideas for a wide variety of spring topics including birds, flowers, insects, vases, wreaths, and more. There are lots of photos and resources.
- Easy Spring and Summer Wreath Ideas to Make for Doors and Mantels
Wreaths are a simple, inexpensive way to dress up your front door or fireplace mantel for a specific season or holiday. Think about incorporating flowers, Easter eggs, polka dots, birds, and more.
- Easter Crafts for Kids: Easy Ideas for Homemade Projects
This article is about Easter crafts for kids. It contains over a dozen easy ideas for handmade projects. There are lots of photos, links, and resources.