Generally speaking, I think that it is not only important but also a lot of fun to include numerous different elements that we adore in our paper crafting projects.
Of course, most of us are wild for a sizable array of techniques and products and it would likely not be feasible to include all of them in just one make.
Sometimes though, a project is able to house quite a few of your favourites and the end result is a card (or layout, mini album, tag, etc) that you not only love, but which has an innate ability to feel perfectly in line with your present crafting style.
The cheery and charming springtime card featured in this post is precisely one of those projects for me.
Ample layers and embellishments? Check!
A shaker element? Check!
Distress, inking, and general shabby chicness? Check!
Flower and leaves? Check!
Seam binding? Check!
And so on and so forth. 😊
In short, this card is jam-packed with many of my favourite paper crafting materials and supplies (not to mention colours), and is a project that I’m truly delighted with in terms of how it turned out.
I created this shabby chic card as a general springtime thinking of you greeting, but it could just as easily work (with or without a relevant sentiment added) for everything from Ostara to Easter, Beltane to Mother’s Day, birthdays to anniversaries, get well cards to a baby shower greeting.
Items used to this beautiful spring flower card
-Pearlized (or plain) dark berry red cardstock – Cranberry Zing cardstock from My Colors Cardstock
-Double sided houndstooth and floral print paper – Vintage Autumn Basics No. III from Maja Design
-Floral postage stamp print paper – Bloom Collection Petal Postage from Graphic 45
-Ornate frame die with coordinating corner dies (in this case, I used the A2 Filigree Delight Die from Spellbinders)
-Small leaf or vine die
-Dark purply-burgundy coloured ink – Gothic Purple Ink from StazOn
-Plum coloured sequins – from Pretty Pink Posh (product not specially named on its packaging)
-Earthy green coloured sequins
-Pink metallic flakes – from Craft Décor (found at various dollar stores; product not specifically named)
-Small burgundy and white or cream paper roses
-White seam binding
-White cotton eyelet lace (or other white lace/trim of your choosing)
-Stamp edge decorative edge scissors – Paper Edgers Stamp Scissors from Fiskars
-Green embroidery thread
-Purple heart shaped buttons, pale purple rhinestones, and aged brass metal heart charm piece all from the Gorjuss Charm Pack from the brand Santoro London
-Glue gun and glue sticks (optional but handy for attaching embellishments)
-Dimensional foam, pop dots, or similar to elevate some of your layers
-Adhesive, such as a tape runner, of your choice (I often use my Scotch Tape Glider)
How to make a layered and detailed shabby chic springtime card
Begin by making a card base from plain white cardstock (earthy shades of green, taupe/very light brown, cream, plum, and whisper soft pink tones would all be lovely choices as well).
Cut a piece of pearlized berry coloured cardstock slightly smaller than your card base and lightly distress the edges of this piece.
Cut a piece of houndstooth patterned paper slightly smaller than the berry cardstock and likewise distress its edges. Adhere that paper to the berry cardstock and attach to your card base.
Next, cut a piece of green cardstock a touch smaller than the houndstooth print paper. Ink the edges of the green cardstock with dark purply-burgundy StazOn ink.
Use postage stamp edged decorative edge scissors to cut out a piece of floral print paper that’s a little smaller than the green cardstock.
Ink the edges of the floral print paper with the same StazOn ink, then adhere it to the green cardstock piece and adhere that to the houndstooth print paper.
To make the shaker element, die cut your ornate frame from pearlized berry colour cardstock. Cut a piece of the houndstooth print paper to the same size as the frame. This piece will be the background of your shaker element.
Cut out the word “Bloom” from the Graphic 45 Bloom Collection Petal Postage paper and adhere it to the houndstooth print paper, as shown.
Cut a piece of clear acetate so that it fully covers the oval portion of the frame (there is no need for it to extend beyond that portion of the frame) and adhere to said frame.
Create a barrier with foam tape or foam pads around the oval window portion of the frame. Fill with sequins.
Remove foam tape backing and adhere the houndstooth print paper background piece to the shaker frame (bring the background to the frame, not the other way around, so as to not have your sequins mix fall out and potentially go everywhere).
Attach the shaker piece to the floral print paper layer using foam tape or dots, for an added hit of height and dimension.
Create two small rectangles of green cardstock, ink the edges of each piece, and top both with the same floral print paper. Place one at an angle towards the top of your card and one at an angle below the shaker element, as shown in the pictures throughout the post.
Attach a piece of white eyelet lace just below the shaker layer.
Next, fussy cut several floral postage stamp pieces from Graphic 45 Bloom Collection Petal Postage paper, as well as a strip of four continuous stamp images from the same paper.
Attach that strip immediately below the shaker element, allowing it to overlap somewhat with the white eyelet lace.
Arrange the fussy cut stamp images at lovely angles around both the left and the right side of the shaker element.
Once attached, intersperse small cream and burgundy coloured paper roses, two purple heart buttons (one on each side) laced with green embroidery thread, two pale purple rhinestone hearts, and some leaves/vines die cut from green cardstock amongst and/or behind the postage stamp pieces.
From the same stamp print paper, fussy cut two small butterflies, gently bending their wings upwards for an added sense of dimension. Attach one butterfly on each side of the shaker frame.
Die cut two ornate photo corner pieces from the berry coloured cardstock and attack them behind the layers on the front of your card, roughly at the halfway point of the overall design.
Lastly, make a multi-loop bow from white seam binding (I pre-crinkled mine before starting this project; it is not imperative that your seam binding me crinkled to work here).
Attach this bow to the middle of the card, just below the shaker frame. Top with an aged brass-coloured metal heart charm (or another embellishment of your choosing).
And just like that, your shabby chic springtime floral greeting card is complete. 🌼
Spring has officially bloomed on our end!
After a long, cold Canadian winter that began in mid-October and saw our final snowfall of the season on April 10th, spring was the most welcome of returning visitors this year!
As much as I do favour the colder half of the year in many ways, I love spring and summer for a multitude of reasons as well.
There is something to be said for not risking frostbite when you step outside, daylight that lingers well past the dinner hour, and the vibrancy and optimism inherent to the warmer months.
This card was created to celebrate all those points – very much including the abundance of new blooms that are once again returning around these parts.
Another of my paper crafting favourites has long been the well-known brand Graphic 45, and their elegant cut-apart floral postage stamp print paper was a delightful way to inject even more floral charm into this shabby chic springtime project.
Spring is typically very short-lived in our area. Chances are we’ll likely experience summertime weather before May has wrapped up (it is not without good reason that the Victoria Day long weekend is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer here in Canada).
All the more cause to make and send springtime greetings while the sun is shining, birds are chirping, gardens are coming alive, and the joyful energy of this all too brief season is still going strong.
I hope that spring (or autumn, for my lovely readers south of the equator) has likewise sprung on your end at this point and that you have a safe, beautiful May – complete with blooms aplenty, be they the real deal or of the paper crafting variety. 🌺💗🌺
This is a stunning shaker card! Great colors, layers and details especially the beautiful bow!
You’re terrifically kind, dear Donna. Thank you very much! I’ve long been a fan of seam binding, but have fallen all the more in love with it as of late, so it’s safe to say you’ll see plenty more of it here on some of my future makes.
Thank you deeply, Andrea. I sincerely appreciate your kind, supportive comment. This card marries so many of my favourite elements not only of paper crafting, but of springtime itself.
I hope that your own spring is going every bit as beautifully and that it blossoms into a sunny, safe, and very happy summertime.
Jam-packed full of gorgeousness indeed, Autumn. What a beautifully crafted and accomplished make! xxx
You’re terrifically kind, dear Ann. Thank you SO much. You’ve got me blushing every bit as much as spring’s rosiest blossoms. 😊
This is such a Wow card. It has so much going on but it all works so well together. You have created an amazing card. Love Dawn x
That is an awesome, thoroughly supportive compliment, dear Dawn. Thank you deeply for blessing my month with it.
I hope that your May is going positively and that plenty of gorgeous blooms have returned on your end. They’re out in full force once again here and I cannot get enough of them – especially the sublimely scented lilac that grows both wild and in gardens aplenty around our wee town.
WOW Autumn, this card is gorgeous! I love the beautiful Graphic 45 papers you used and all of the layers! Stunning embellishments and shaker design!
Thank you immensely, sweet Tammy. I sincerely appreciate your uber kind words about this shabby chic springtime card.
Hard to believe that as I type these words, there is little more than a month left of the current season. Spring usually feels extra brief around these parts, as it rarely begins in earnest before mid-April. All the more reason to savour and make the best of those precious few weeks of spring we do receive.
I hope that your own season is going positively and that all is well with you in general as we hop into the second half of May.
A gorgeous card Autumn, a fabulous shabby chic design with lots of wonderful layers and details – you have used elements from one of my favourite Graphic 45 collections, I haven’t managed to cut into mine yet, but I might have to now!
Pauline – Crafting with Cotnob
Thank you sweetly, dear Pauline. This collection is SOOOO stunning!!! I’d love to pick up more items from it, if possible, as time goes on.
G45 is one of my all-time favourite paper crafting lines and, objectively, it’s rare they release anything that doesn’t make me melt faster than a popsicle in the warm mid-spring sunshine.
This line really was/is gorgeous though and, happily, houses many of my all-time favourite colours.
What a GORGEOUS card, Autumn! I love that you played with the gradients of pink/red/burgundy to keep it from being too sweet, and I’m also admiring the postage stamp edges (I had to look twice – those aren’t real stamps!).
It strikes me that I compose my outfits the same way you layer your cards. No wonder you find this so satisfying and creative.
Glad to hear that spring has sprung in the interior! It’s hovering in the mid-teens here, with sun, clouds, sprinkles of rain – really the best spring weather, although you have to be ready for anything.
Big hugs to you, my dear friend!
What a touching, immensely meaningful compliment, dear Sheila. Thank you wholeheartedly.
I adore that you drew a parallel between composing outfits and how I put my paper crafting projects together. This is something I’ve taken note of before as well, as I approach both very similarily as well. For example, striving for cohesiveness, colour harmony, and fun pops of visual interest that keep the risk of boredom away in both cases. 😃
And, of course, in each instance, I’m all about the layers as a general rule! 😄
It’s awesome that you’re enjoying some gorgeous, not-too-hot springtime weather at the moment. We’ve been blessed with the same around these parts so far this month, though – in true Okanagan fashion – we’re quickly bounding towards summertime weather. Case in point, the forecasted high for today and tomorrow is 29C!
Clearly, if that keeps up, I’ll need to start on my summertime-themed cards faster than you can say “SPF 60”! 😄
Thank you again deeply. Many hugs and joyful wishes for the second half of May coming your way!
That gingham look stole my heart and has a definite Spring and Summer vibe.
This is such a beautiful card!!
You are splendidly sweet + kind, dearest Debi. Thank you very much!
After the hues of fall and Halloween, those represented in this card comprise my very favourite colour palette. Rich, sweet berry and plum tones are lifelong favourites that appear in my closet, home decor, and paper crafting alike (not to mention our wedding colours).
I really appreciate not only this touching comment, but each thoughtful message you’ve blessed my blog with this month. Thank you deeply. 😘
What an absolutely stunning card! I hope you had a wonderful Beltane!
Thank you very much, my darling friend. 🌹 Joyfully, I did indeed. Between the gorgeous weather, time spent outdoors, meaningful magickal workings, and general sense of joie de vivre inherent to May’s beginning, I had one of the loveliest Beltanes in recent memory.
Likewise, I hope that yours was terrific, too, and that the blessings of this upbeat, energetic, greenery-filled chapter of the year fill your days straight on to the Summer Solstice.
Stunning card, love the layers of interest you create on your cards. Love the shaker element and how well it sits on the card. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you abundantly, dear Anesha. This was such a fun card to make.
As a general rule, the more layers and details to a paper crafting project, the more the act of creating it makes my heart sing as happily as a bird enjoying the warm spring sunshine.
Many hugs & cheerful weekend wishes coming your way in return.
Just as I love texture and layers in dress, I adore it in a beautiful card as you’ve shown here. It’s so true that such crafting is a totally mindful activity and one that calms and satisfies the creative bent – I made such a card for John for our anniversary last year as we had lockdown and I was unable to get out to buy one for him and both he and I were delighted with the result.
Thank you for sharing,
Thank you deeply, my very dear friend. How beautiful that you created a handmade card for John during last year’s lockdown. I am certain that it was/is a stunning card, too. (If you’d ever like to email a photo of it, I’d love to see your card, sweet Donna).)
I think of you often (especially as various circumstances have been keeping me away from IG most of the time for the past few weeks and I don’t foresee that changing again for at least a wee bit longer) and hope that these early-to-middle months of 2021 have been going positively for you, John, and all those you hold dear.
Abundant hugs across the miles,
Such a beautiful creation, so much lovely detail to look at and admire. Emmax
You’re terrifically kind, dear Emma. Thank you so much! This card was an absolute joy to create. I swear, the more layers and details a paper crafting project (that I make) has, the happier I tend to be with the end results. 🥰
Big hugs & sunny wishes for these lovely days of spring-into-summer,
I love lots of layers, although lately my style is slightly less layers, im certainly not good at no layers CAS style – like many i love the look of them but not ‘me’, but then it would be boring if we all liked the same things wouldn’t it. Natural is definitely my first love with crafting as im surrounded by it so it certainly influences my projects. Hugs Emmax
I hear you big time, dear Emma – CAS style does not come easily or naturally for me at all either.
Like yourself, I will sometimes play around with fewer layers, but honestly can’t recall offhand the last time I made a single (or even just double) layer project. The closest would probably be a Halloween-themed scrapbook page a few years ago (not blogged thus far), which was relatively one-dimensional, but even then, it wasn’t without a few flatter layers and various embellishments.
Why, I figure, fight one’s natural style inclinations? Far more enjoyable to give in and go to town on the layering/embellishing front if that’s what you feel called towards. 😃
I really appreciate your reply and hope that things are going well on your end as we hop into the middle of July.
This is gorgeous! I love the use of this mauve color for spring!
Thank you immensely, my sweet + wonderfully kind friend.
When not immersed in a sea of black, grey, and various fall tones, rich berries, plums, burgundies, and earth tones are go-to colours, both for fashion and paper crafting. Mauve falls into the berry/plum palette in my books and takes to spring, IMO, like a duck to water. Now, if only I had more of it hanging in my current closet… 😄
Big hugs & the sunniest of Summer Solstice wishes,
Sooo beautiful, I truly love it, the colours the patterns, the stamps, and especially the shaker element. Those sequins! I’ve never seen such in a card before I started following your blog. We also had snow in April, ough! It is still cold, but the weather report has promised better weather the coming week. I will dare buying herbs and flowers for the garden now, and tomatoes and chili for the greenhouse. I am home alone this weekend, lovely, ha! I truly enjoy my own company, as you know. DH is on a motorcycle trip with his SiL and his brothers. So I will sew, do just a little gardening and watch an old movie. Have a lovely day, dear. 🙂
Thank you mightily, my very dear friend. Your abundant kindness towards this festive springtime card not only caused my checks to blush, but more than made my whole day.
Yikes! I’m sorry that you experienced snow in April as well this year. This past winter was such a long, snowy one for many corners of the world. It really makes one wonder what 2021/2022 will hold in store for all of us on that front.
Your weekend alone sounds positively marvellous! As the pandemic has made personal or business trips (even within the country) pretty much impossible, Tony’s been home for over 1.5 years now (not, of course, that I mind in the slightest) and so I’ve not had the house to myself for more than a few hours at a time every once in a while if he’s run an errand or gone on a long bike ride.
It’s a true blessing that Tony and I are best friends and that we get along smashingly. As a complete introvert, it can be very tricky for me to be around people, no matter how much I love them, all the time. However, because we’re so close and have such a meaningful bond, thankfully Tony and I have both faired well during all of this time spent together during the pandemic.
But enough about me! I hope that your weekend was gloriously relaxing and that you were able to spend time doing everything your heart desired.
Oodles of hugs,
Jam packed is an understatement! In true Autumn form, this shabby chic card is oozing with dimension, texture and interest. The colours are beautiful and refreshing for spring. Then you take it over the top by adding a shaker element!!! Truly outstanding!
You are splendidly, entirely sweet + kind, dear Trina. Thank you so much for your awesomely lovely words about this layer filled springtime greeting.
It is one of my favourite cards to date, so knowing that it struck a chord with others as well means all the more to me.
I hope you’re doing positively and am sending scores of wishes for a sunny, beautiful spring-into-summer your way.
I must confess that I have not read this entire post. It’s past my bedtime and I’ve had such a delightful evening with you here on your blog! I saw this card’s preview and needed a closer look. It’s gorgeous and the details are just perfect – each and every one! I just love those little stamps! Such a beautiful colour scheme too!
Sweet Kate, you are such a lovely and thoughtful person. Thank you very much for making my own night with your beautiful words about this elegant springtime greeting.
Following on the heels of black + grey, as well as fall’s whole colour spectrum, berry, plum, and burgundy tones are my favourite colours. It’s always such a joy when I’m able to let that gorgeous palette shine on one of my paper crafting projects.
Scores of hugs & the sunniest of spring-into-summer wishes coming your way,
Oh, I love everything about this card from the color combo to all the textures, layering and details! It really is truly stunning!
You are super kind, my very dear friend. Thank you immensely! Humbly, I was elated with how this card turned out and would definitely rank it amongst my faves I’ve ever made. (Though quite possibly my all-time fave card to date is the one I shared here last Friday.)
I really appreciate each and every one of your recent blog comments. Thank you so much for brightening my days with your visits.
Tons of hugs,
And now I know where in the world this fabulous work of art is – in Denmark, proudly displayed in my living room! ♥ I came home to a large box full of fantastic gifts yesterday, thank you, thank you, thank you SOOO much. I loved it ALL! And will mail you very soon. Have a lovely day, dear. 🙂