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Create a spring card

Hello Ella Friends, I’m Ashley and am so happy to share a project with you today. I’m going to spring forward a bit and jump to Easter. Traditionally, the spring season exudes pastel hues, Easter eggs, and bunny rabbits. Inspired by those seasonal characteristics, I created this card.



  1. Trim chevron patterned paper to about 3.5” x 4.75” and stitch a border.
  2. Using pinking shears, add decorative border, then adhere to an A2 card front.
  3. Trim polka dot patterned paper to about 1.5” wide and die cut angled shape from tag die. Adhere to top and bottom of card front.
  4. Add ribbon treatment. Attach glittered button with twine to ribbon knot.
  5. Die cut oval, stamp sentiment, and adhere three egg nests. Adhere to card front center with foam adhesive.

Tips & Tricks

  • To add ribbon to a card front where a scored line interferes, simply use a craft knife to cut a small opening to allow ribbon to thread through the card front.
  • Use dies to create a decorative edge. I used a tag die to create a pennant element for this card.
  • Carry themes throughout a project. On this card, I was inspired by the chevron patterned paper and used pinking shears to add a decorative edge, then die cut a pinking oval to tie it all together. The pennant elements also follow the same chevron zig zag pattern.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Here, I combined chevron with polka dots. An easy way to accomplish mixing patterns is to combine papers from the same collection, but it is definitely not required. Dig through all of your patterned papers and get the most out of them.


Cards are so much fun to create and I try not to let the constraints of an envelope size place limits on my creativity. If a card is a bit too bulky for an envelope, I typically use a larger envelope or package it in a small box. If the card is being hand delivered, my favorite way to package it is in a glassine bag. Since it is a handmade card, I think it deserves the extra packaging and postage.


If you are interested in learning more about stamping embellishments, join me for in my video class at Miss Art’s Paper Crafting School.


Thank you, Ella, for welcoming me into your blog home for the day and thanks Ella Friends for taking a peek at my project.


About Ashley: Ashley Cannon Newell and her husband, McArthur, enjoy a happy life in Manassas, Virginia. By day, Ashley works as a legal editor, but she devotes evenings to her hobbies: cooking, photography, and paper crafting. She began stamping in 2008 and is a member of the Papertrey Ink Release Design Team. Get to know her better at

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