Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Spring Card Tutorial

My first ever tutorial!

I’ve been asked a number of times for the template to make this type of card, so I 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 from a square card blank.
I will use this as the basis for this tutorial.
My apologies if it’s a bit long

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.
I personally 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.
I 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.

Did you know that there is a sale on over at The Crafty Pad Designs?

All images are on 40% off sale!
(this excludes single sentiments)
The sale runs for 1 week from
Wed 7th September 2011- Wed 14th September 2011
Make sure you pop on over & stock up on all those fabby images before time runs out!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges
Crafty Creations Anything But a square
Freshly Brewed Something new
Simon Says Stamp Multi Fold Cards
Creative Card Crew Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes, Option, use a shaped card
Ribbon Carousel Challenge Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge Anything Goes
Make It Monday Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Primary Colours (Blue & Yellow)
Vitorine Originals Primary Colours
One Stitch At A Time Use a Digi
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Use Quiet Colours
Catch The Bug Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts Baby Boy Card
Delicious Doodles New & Fresh


  1. Dawn this is a beautiful card and a really detailed tutorial. Thank you for this, I always wondered how these cards were made. Lee xx

  2. Hi hun! This is one great tutorial so thanks for that. And gotta say that the image is such a cutie and you have a fab job with all the soft colors and how they fit in to each other.
    Love and Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

  3. Wonderful baby card and tutorial! Love the ribbon as borders.

  4. ADORABLE!!! Love this and thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Dawn, I'm so glad you did the tutorial. This kind of fancy fold card has always scared the pants off me because it looks so complicated. But with your tutorial to follow, I think I mivght take a run at it and see what I can do. Thanks tons!

  6. Now that is a tutorial that even "I" could follow!!! Fantastic folds and adorable card!!!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges month long prize challenge: use something new.

    I hope you will be able to stop by for our blog hop tomorrow to see all of our new stamps to be released as well as have a chance to win a prize!

    Heather D.

  7. Really cute image, love the finished card, really lovely.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.


  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. What a cutie and such a great shape. Thanks for joining us at LCI this week.

  10. How very cute and sweet! Love how you created a frame/border with the ribbon!

    Thanks for playing the Ribbon Carousel Challenge! :)

  11. How cute and fun! Thanks for playing along with this week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge!

  12. Beautiful baby card, love the fold. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. good luck. hugs


  13. Super Cute!! Thanks for joining us this week at Catch The Bug.

  14. Say what? This is ADORABLE! Beautiful baby card and tutorial to boot! Nice work and thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday!
    Good luck to you and happy stamping...
    Lisa xx

  15. Lovely job on that tricky fold! Super cute too. Thanks for joining us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

  16. So cute to make a bouncy seat out of a spring fold. It looks like he is quite content to sit there and play.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


  17. Gorgeous work, the folds look complicated - glad you've shared a tutorial! Thanks so much for joining in with us at the Crafty Creations challenge this week.
    Jenni x

  18. Hi Dawn! This is such a creative and adorable card for a baby boy! Fantastic tutorial! Great Job!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges month long prize challenge: use something new.
    Hugs, Sheryl

  19. Wonderful creation! Thank you so much for joining the Anything Goes challenge at Daisy Doodles. Fantastic tutorial and not too long for all the info you gave us!!!

  20. Gorgeous card! Love all the fabulous folds!!! And what a wonderful tutorial!!! Thanks for joining us at the "Something New" challenge at Freshly Brewed Designs.


  21. so beautiful card….. love the combo and cute image
    i see it on Make it Monday….

  22. Such a fun card. I must try to remember how to make this design, thank you for the tutorial.

    Thank you for joining the first Crafty Boots challenge.


  23. Oh my goodness...this is flabulous Dawn! Thank you for your tutorial...I am definitely going to try this one tonight...gorgeous :-D Thanks for joining in the fun at LCI this week xx

  24. A gorgeous and fun card design just right for a bouncing new baby boy and such a great tutorial. Thankyou for sharing this at Delicious Doodles'first challenge of the season and good luck

  25. What a lovely card - and fab tutorial! Thanks for playing along with the first crafty boots challenge! Amyxx

  26. Lovely baby card! Love the card folds! Thanks for the great tutorial..I would like to try that! Thanks for playing with us at My Sheri Crafts!

  27. Great fold and tutorial! I ADORE this image and your coloring is AWESOME! Thanks so much for joining in on our baby celebration challenge at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)


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Dawn xx