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As I write this blog the snow is still on the ground and the air is still frigid. But I’m looking forward to the mild warm up of spring.
To me spring is pastel colors, Easter, flowers and butterflies.
And a spring pop up card!
I did a pop out Valentine’s Day card that set my imagination flowing that prompted me to pull out my flower punches, dies and pastel cardstock.
Mix and match
The products I used are a combo of StampinUp!, random punches and Core’dination Cardstock. But mostly StampinUp!
The StampinUp! cardstock is nice and heavy and makes the best card base.
For the base I used the color Crumb Cake. The color kind of resembles craft paper. Plus it brings out the pastel colors of the other paper I used.
The card was made by cutting the Crumb Cake paper in half and then folding it in half again.
The center pop out
Using the same crumb cake paper, I cut a strip 3/4 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches long and glued both of the ends to the inside of the card near the bottom using Supertape.
I closed the card carefully to bend the strip to match the fold of the card. Then opened the card and pulled out the tab. I again closed it but this time when opening the card the strip pops out.
The spring leaves
For the bigger stemmed leaves, I used a StampinUp! die and cut out five of them using Core’dination green paper. I like this die because of the detail it gives.
The Cricut weeding tool is perfect to use for weeding the paper out of the holes. I glued four of the stems behind the strip of crumb cake paper so they are in the background.
The card needs to be folded shut after the stemmed leaves are glued down so you know where there may be some extra glue needed.
Then I used another of the StampinUp! flower dies. I cut out three of the detailed flowers. I mixed up the different colors of the paper for each flower. Some of them were even cut with patterned Core’dination cardstock. These were also glued to the inside of the card on top of the leaves to make it look like flowers growing.
Handmade flower box
The flower stems is a StampinUp! die. I used the same green as I used for the leaves. Five of these were cut out. This time I glued them to the back of the strip.
For the smaller flowers I used a StampinUp! punch. Eight small flowers were punched out in the same pastel and patterned paper. I glued these flowers onto of the stems. Now they look like free flowing flowers in a flower box.
To cover the background leaves stems; I cut a smaller strip of the crumb cake cardstock and glued it on top of the stemmed leaves.
Also to give it a little color I used a patterned Core’dination paper and cut out a strip the same size of the pop out piece and glued it on top of it to give it an even more flower box look.
Springtime outside of card
To give the same springtime essences I was going for, spring flowers were needed for the outside of the card, I used a die to cut out a three inch square using the core’dination patterned cardstock. The die is from Nested. Another smaller square was cut out using the yellow pastel cardstock. These squares are part of a set that has different sizes of squares and are awesome for stacking them.
On top of this I put the remainder stemmed leaf and glued it on. I cut out a bigger flower with the same die set and put it on top of the leaf. A smaller flower was cut out.
The two butterflies were punched out using a butterfly punch and glued them on.
Happy spring sayings
I used my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space to write out the salutation: Hello Spring with a pretty font. When you have Design Space Access, a lot of their fonts are included. The pastel yellow cardstock was put on the blue mat and inserted into the Explore and by using the gel pen from Cricut it was written out perfectly.
Then I cut it out with a label die.
To complete the outside of the card, I colored three self-adhesive white gems with Sharpies. Two were colored in green and one in pink and decorated the corners of the label and the flower center.
It was an afternoon of fun making this spring greeting card. It may not have melted the snow but it added a spring glow to my heart.
Drop a comment below what your favorite dies are to use.