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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.
Please respect artist copyrights. Unless it is indicated otherwise, all ideas and tutorials that I've included here are for personal use only. If you're interested in selling your creations, contact the artists directly to work out agreements. Thank you and happy creating!
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.
- kojodesigns tutorial: floral-y goodness in a card | kojodesigns
- Simple notecard with buttons | How About Orange
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 11, 2014:
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.
Mary Wickison from USA on May 10, 2014:
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 10, 2012:
Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on June 10, 2012:
Love your ideas. Thanks
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 24, 2012:
Thanks so much Barb!
It's tough to balance everything. Writing is important, too!
Barbara Anne Helberg from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA on May 24, 2012:
@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!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 17, 2012:
Thanks Christy! I appreciate the promo!
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 17, 2012:
Great hub! I linked to it in my newest poem about spring, well done!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 12, 2012:
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!
Samad Aslam Khan on May 12, 2012:
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 24, 2012:
Thanks Daisy! I was talking to someone about that exact concept today. So true!
daisynicolas from Alaska on April 24, 2012:
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 23, 2012:
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.
Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on April 23, 2012:
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 11, 2012:
brittanytodd, thanks! You'll have lots of great ideas for Easter next year.
Lesley, thanks! Have fun with your card making.
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!
Om Paramapoonya on April 11, 2012:
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!
Lynn S. Murphy on April 11, 2012:
beautiful, fun cards. wonderful ideas!!!
Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 11, 2012:
Wonderful ideas for greeting cards, I am looking forward to trying them, thank you.
Voting up, sharing and pinning.
Best wishes Lesley
Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on April 10, 2012:
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.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2012:
Thanks so much Jamie and Christy!
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 10, 2012:
What inventive projects, and so pretty too!
Jamie Brock from Texas on April 10, 2012:
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 :)
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2012:
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.
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 10, 2012:
Card designs are lovely. I think I will use some of the designs for the coming up New year in Nepal.
Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 10, 2012:
What wonderful ideas for spring greeting cards! They would make terrific Mother's Day cards! Voted up and pinned!
Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on April 10, 2012:
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.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 10, 2012:
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. :)
tnderhrt23 on April 09, 2012:
This is right up my alley! I love handmade cards and am always on the lookout for new ideas! Great hub, Thanks!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 09, 2012:
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 09, 2012:
This looks like great fun, good work!