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Wednesday, 7 September 2011


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Wednesday again. Doesn't time fly? Well, we've had no midweek post for a couple of weeks while the DT call was out, but we're back now and in style too. Our lovely DAWN has written a tutorial for you on how to make a spring card.

First though, I must tell you that there's a sale on over at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.

There is 40% off all images, but this does NOT include single sentiments. It will run for a week - from today until 14th September. I think you should pop over and have a peek.

Right, on to the tute. Thanks Dawn for doing this. It's fabulous.

As I've been asked a number of times for the template to make this type of card,I've decided to do a little tutorial to show you how I make them. There are lots of templates out there but this is simple to do.I was shown some time ago at a demo by Nikki, how to make a spring card using a square card blank.I'll use this as the basis for my tutorial. My apologies if it’s a bit long winded!

Equipment used
Score Board & scoring tool.
(Not a necessity, you can use a ruler
& an embossing tool or similar)
Paper Trimmer or
Sharp Scissors

Additional Equipment/Materials Used
A4 Sheet of patterned paper (try to use one which the pattern can be used in any direction)
Image, Baby Boy From The Crafty Pad Designs
Sentiment It’s a boy also from The Crafty Pad Designs
Adhesive (DST, Tape runner, or Photo Glue)
Other Items used include Promarkers for colouring Nestabilities
& Big Shot to cut & emboss image & sentiment.

Step 1
Using your score board & scoring tool, score your sheet of card at half A4 size (148mm if you have to measure). Then fold & crease using a bone tool or similar to give a crisp fold. (I find I normally have to trim a tiny bit of excess off)

Step 2
Place your card back on your scoreboard (landscape) & score again at half A4 size (148mm) to create a square card blank. Trim off the excess with a paper trimmer or sharp scissors & put aside for later.You can use any size square you want to but the measurements will be different.

Step 3
Mark at the mid point on all 4 sides of the square. You can use pencil if it makes it easier to see, then erase the marks later.

Step 4
Open up the card, score at A4 gate fold (74mm) on the other half & fold, creasing to give a crisp edge. This will be the base for your card to sit on. Open this fold out again for now.

Step 5
If you are using a scoreboard line up the midpoint marks & score from the top mid point to the side midpoint on either side (if not use your ruler & embossing tool).
You can trim away the excess if you want to at this point or just leave it & fold it back later. Personally, I like to cut it off.

Step 6
Score from the mid point on either side down through the middle of your card to meet up with the edge of the gate fold. Fold over & crease these folds then open out again.

That’s all the scoring & folding done! Now it’s time to decorate your card!
I find it’s much easier to add all or at least most of the decoration before the final folding & assembly. For simplicity I have used just one layer of paper this time but I like the effect of two layers also! All you have to do is reduce the measurements for the second layer.
Step 7
Cut a section of your pattern paper to fit the gatefold section of your card approx 140mx68mm should be a good fit.

To cover the triangle mid-sections, I cut two 68mm square pieces of the patterned paper, then cut them in half diagonally to give the four triangles.

Step 8
The top diamond section is covered with a 98mm square piece of paper. I like to use photoglue for this part as you can slide things around a bit to get them in the right place. I added some ribbon around the sides of the diamond. I also added a strip of ribbon across the gatefold section & used a piece of the left over card to cover the ends of the ribbon.

Step 9
I stuck my image onto the top section .

I then used a glue runner on the blank triangle section.

Step 10
This is then stuck down onto the gatefold section et voila,a spring card!

Because it is difficult to add a hand written greeting onto the card once it is assembled, I like to make a little tag from the scrap card & paper. I added the sentiment to this & because my ribbon isn’t double sided, I punched two holes, threaded the ribbon through & glued it at the back.

The tag can then just tuck in to the back of the card. This card should fit neatly into a 150mm x150mm square envelope. If you want to use a square card blank keep the envelope supplied with it as the spring card should still fit neatly inside it!
I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow & don’t forget to let me know if you make a card using it as I will come over to admire your work!

I changed the line colour of the circle sentiment to match my card.
There is a great tutorial by Leesa HERE, showing you just how to do this.


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Debbie said...

What a brilliant tutorial thank you Dawn - will sure be following this. :)

aqualeiga said...

Love this Dawn, so glad you shared, thankyou!
Hugs, Ali x

Lorraine said...

I've never made one of these, so really must have a go. This is an excellent tute Dawn.