Use small tweaks to change up your favorite card ideas!

Today I wanted to show you some easy ways to adapt spring card ideas that I’ve shared before. Once you get the hang of swapping out different elements of these cards, you will be able to change up ANY card idea you see and make it all your own!

So, remember this card?

one of my early spring card ideas loaded with die cut details of garden boots, a picket fence and pretty pink flowers

I am sure you can see all the similarities – the half tree with tiny blossoms, the white picket fence, the grassy ground. I used that basic spring card idea and adapted it using some new goodies and came up with today’s project. If you look closely you will see that the changes I made are pretty small in terms of design and it’s created a whole new card with a whole new feel.

I love making spring themed cards and this is one of my favorites and for this card I wanted to show off the two new Tiny Flowers #2 and Small Flowers #4.  To create the scene I used the Half Tree, Large Garden Fence, Grass, Tall Terracotta Pots, Tiny Leaves #2, Leaves and Greenery, Watering Cans and Small Butterflies

an illustration of how to adapt spring card ideas by using different die cut garden elements, flowers and details

Card Base, Fence and Grass

  • Use light blue cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base.  
  • Use white cardstock to cut two sections of the Large Garden Fence, overlap one section over the other and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply double stick tape to the bottom back  of the fence sections and a piece of mounting tape to the back of a few of the pickets and attach the fence to the card base.  Pro Tip:  Attaching the bottom of the fence flat to the card base reduces bulk.  Attaching a couple pieces of mounting tape to the back of a few pickets will hold the fence away to create dimension.
  • Use green cardstock to cut two Grass sections of grass.
  • Apply ATG adhesive along the back bottom of the grass and attach it to the fence.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the second grass section and attach it to the front of the first grass section card base. 

Tree, Leaves and Flowers

  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut the Half Tree and color it with a wet baby wipe and brown ink.  
  • Dry the ink on the tree with your heat gun.  Pro Tip:  Adhesives don’t stick well to the cardstock when the ink is wet.

Baby Wipe Tree Inking

  • Use green cardstock to cut two sections of the Tiny Leaves #2 and place them face up on the molding pad.
  • Form the leaves using a leaf tool or with your fingers.
  • Attach the leaves to the branches using touches of glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  Using reverse tweezers makes easy work out of picking up and attaching small pieces.   
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the Tiny Flowers #2 and place them face up on the molding pad. 
  • Form the flowers by pushing down in the center using a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flowers to the leaves using glossy accents.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the tree trunk and a few tiny pop dots to the back of a leaves in a few key spots.
  • Tuck the tree in behind the grass and attach to the card base.

you can adapt spring card ideas you've already made just by changing the flower shapes as done here with tiny yellow die cut blooms

Flower Pots and Watering Can

  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the Terracotta Pots.  
  • Color and shade the pots with orange and brown ink.  Check out my How To Add Dimension To Die Cut Terracotta Pots to see my video showing how I color the pots.
  • Use green cardstock to cut a couple sections of the Leaves and Greenery.
  • Arrange the greenery sections to the back of the pots and attach using glossy accents.
  • Use pink cardstock to cut the Small Flowers #4 and purple cardstock to cut the Tiny Flowers #2.
  • Place the flowers face up on the molding pad and add dimension by pushing down in the centers of the flowers using a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flowers to the foliage using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  Using my reverse tweezers to pick up the small flowers makes easy work of picking up and attaching the flowers.
  • Use light blue and yellow cardstock to cut the Watering Can parts, assemble the pieces and attach together using glossy accents.

 

adapt spring card ideas by swapping out small elements like these potted paper flowers at the base of a die cut fence

Finish the Card

  • Tuck the flower posts in behind the front grass section and attach using mounting tape.
  • Apply a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the watering can, tuck it in behind the grass and attach to the fence.
  • Cut two Small Butterflies using purple cardstock, apply glossy accents and attach to the card base.
  • Apply small sparkle dots to the butterfly centers for the finishing touch.  

it's easy to adapt spring card ideas just by swapping out different die cut elements, colors and small details like the tiny butterflies

 
5403D Half Tree Die
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5401-02D Large Garden Fence Die
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5422-04D Small Flowers #4
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5422-03D Tinny Flowers #2 Die
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Tall Terracotta Pot Die Cut 5147-16D
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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5401-01D Watering Cans Dies
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5334-02D Tiny Leaves #2 Die
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