Step into Spring With This Happy Card DIY!


Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with a new tutorial. Spring is in the air outside my window - or, perhaps more correctly, almost at least. We still have some snow, but it seems that the air is getting warmer and the days are getting longer for each passing week. I particularly like having longer days. I had such fun making this tree step-up card using new dies by Stephanie Barnard.

The Tree Step-Ups Card is such a fun die set and it contains a large amount (19 pieces) of really great shapes and elements, not only for this particular card design, but also for other types of projects. I also used three other sets by Stephanie.  In addition to the dies, I used only watercolor paper, Distress Inks and Sizzix Inksheets, to make this card.


Here you can see the three sets I used: Horizontal Drop-ins Card Front, Tree Step-Ups Card, and Banners Drop-ins. Later I also added a fourth one: Word Circles.


Start by die cutting the Tree Step-Ups cardbase from watercolor or another sturdy cardstock. The die both cuts and scores the paper, so you can clearly see where you need to fold it.


For the background pieces, I placed a piece of Sizzix Inksheets White Transfer Sheets between the paper and the die while die cutting. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Cutting Pad, paper, Inksheets with the matte side facing down, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. The die cuts the paper and at the Inksheet is transferred to the white embossed dots.

I smeared a tiny bit of Distress Micro Glaze on two places on the bigger panel, where I wanted clouds. For some reason, I forgot to take a photo of that step. Sorry!


For the bigger panel, smear Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch on a craft sheet (with the darker ink at the top). Below them, smear a longer line of Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. Mist with water.


Press the die cut paper into the ink and repeat for the other two pieces, but using only the two green inks. Normally, the ink would have pooled in the embossed dots, but because of the Inksheets, most of the dots remain white since the transfer film resists the ink.


Adhere the panels as shown here.


Die cut a whole lot of shapes from watercolor paper. You could also use another type of paper, but watercolor paper works the best. Smear a little bit of Distress Micro Glaze on the trunks and crowns of the trees and on the top of the grasses. Most of these dies are from the Trees Step-Ups set, except for the banners which are from the Banners Drop-ins and the flowers down to the left which come from the Horizontal Drop-ins Card Front.


Smear various Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the shapes into the ink. If you want a darker color, let dry, and repeat a second time. This is a very quick and easy way to get a watercolor look.


I wanted another word on my card, and I really like these Word Circles. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, dies facing down (placing the word die inside the circle as shown above), second Cutting Pad. Color the word circle with Squeezed Lemonade.


I wanted my sun to be placed above the card and decided to twist a wire to hold it. Wires are fun since they can be bent in different directions depending on where you want the sun to be. I used Eileen Hull's Twist & Style tool to twist the wire. It is very easy to use. Fold the wire and place around the peg on the holder (which has a suction cup so you can make it stick to smooth surfaces). Place the ends of the wire into the hole at the front of the tool and turn the little screw until they are stuck. Move the handles of the tool to get perfectly twisted wire. In my Wire and Felt Flowers tutorial, I have some additional step photos explaining how to use the tool. You can also see Eileen use the tool in this video.


Sandwich the wire between two sun pieces. I used hot glue to attach it - be very careful not to burn yourself when using hot glue.


Glue the other end of the twisted wire behind the tree, so that it won't show.


Form the wire until you are happy with how the sun looks. And a happy sun it is!


The trees were attached with foam dots for dimension. Glue apples and some leaves to the trees. On the stem, you can see the resist effect of the Distress Micro Glaze, which gives great texture to the tree. Glue the circle word to the background.


Adhere the flowers from the Horizontal Drop-ins Card Front set with foam dots and place a pearl in the center. The smaller flowers are included in the Tree Step-Ups set.


I really like the look of this grass die cut and I will be using it a lot. The sweet flower border is great too.


On the middle panel, you'll find a smaller tree, made by cutting off the side branches of the branch from the bigger trees. There is also a word and some more flowers.


At the back panel, I placed another tree, as well as a sweet banner made with the Banners Drop-ins set.


I love trees and these are really fun with all the layers and those great apples and leaves.


Cards with interesting shapes are such fun to make and even more fun to receive. The recipient can also display the card as a home decor piece. By using different colours, the Tree Step-Ups set can work for any season of the year. You just need to exclude the flowers and grass on a winter themed card and use some snowflakes instead.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it got you into a spring mood. Thank you for watching!

Happy crafting!



Other Materials Used:

  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
  • Ranger Watercolor paper
  • Wire
  • Rhinestones and pearls

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