Spring Side Step Card

Hello friends and a lovely day to you!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  The weather was quite nice here my part of town, as if spring has arrived early.  We spend most of our weekend taking family strolls and enjoying the great outdoor. 
Seasons come and seasons goes. But for me, spring is my favoritest. Spring represents new life, new hope and new beginnings. The warm sunlight awakens the sleepy Earth, melting away the gloom of winter. There is nothing more cheerful than seeing budding trees give rise to vibrant flowers and birds greeting the day with joyful tunes. But the most miraculous sight of all is seeing a new fawn taking its first steps alongside its mother! This is why I love springtime so much
So today's card is a Spring theme Side Step card (with a tutorial below) using the "Five Little Froggies" digital stamp image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More.  Aren't the smiles on these froggies just warm your heart?   We have quite a few froggies in our backyard pond though they don't look quite as cute as these little froggies!  Haahaa. 

About The Card

This is a 4.25x5.50 Side Step card. I started first by creating the side step card base. The frame part of the card is 3.50 x 4.25.  Next, I opened up Microsoft Word (version 2013), pulled in "Five Little Froggies" image and resized to 3.25 inch in height.  Then print on copic blending paper. 

The image was colored with copics. I then sponged with distressed ink a jungle green on the ground for the grass bed as well in between each steps for the shadow effect.

I used the following dies to decorate the steps:
Impression Obsession Dies:  two Reading Tree were cut from two different shade of green cardstock;  Tiny Flowers were cut from different color cardstocks and adhesive randomly onto the trees with glossy accents;  in between each steps I adhesive a bunch of Grass Border using two different shade of green cardstock.  
The white Arbor Fence is from Taylored Expressions.  The sentiment is n old digi stamp which I can't recall from where.

Tutorial: 4.25x5.50 Side Step Card
(this is an old template I've saved for my visual aid guide)

  • 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock - color of choice
  • Paper trimmer (substitute with scissor)
  • Score board (substitute with ruler)
  • Scoring bone (can use tip of a scissor)
  • Craft knife

Here is the template.  Below that are the steps in photos.  This tutorial is also available in PDF file which you can download the file HERE. 


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Step 2:

Step 2A: 

Step 3: 

Step 4:

 Step 5:

The finished decorated card

I hope you enjoy my little Side Step card tutorial.  Thanks so much for sharing your day with me friends and for taking the time to share your comment.  You have made my day!

And to all my Chinese friends, Happy Chinese New Year!  May the year of the Red Fire Monkey bring you many luck, happiness and good health.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges below.

Sending hugs and wishing you a lovely blessing new week with a beautiful song fits for a Springtime theme.  This is "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens.  Enjoy!



Annette Stapylton said...

I love this side step creation, love the froggies digi, fantastic. The garden you have created to enhance your creation is just magical. Great work.
Your Tutorial and your project have been beautifully illustrated on your blog. A thorough enjoyment to visit. Well done.
Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #08 and best of luck with your entry.
Don't forget, all winners from our monthly challenges from all categories are eligible to enter the "Champion of Champions" DT Challenge on 1st March 2016. Winners from this current challenge will also be eligible.
Links for the Champion of Champion Challenge will be provided on our March monthly challenge as well as posted on Meet at the Scrappers Corner https://www.facebook.com/groups/694374473958879/ and also the World Wide Open DT Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1461676534124574/

Maritza Rios said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. Fantastic tutorial. Thank you for joining with us at the World Wide OPen Design Team Challenge. Good luck with your entry. Maritza DT

Dewi Lestari said...

Awesome!Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

Julie Curtis said...

Your card is awesome! I love all of the layers you used on the side steps! Hugz

Linda W. said...

I am truly drooling over your web page today dear friend! First of all, I have to get that arbor fence die!!! But your art work and tutorial are absolutely out of this world! I am linking my blog to your blog today - to show off your work!

Mel C said...

Hi Christina, toadally awesome card! Love that image and now I want those dies! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, hugs!

Rannah Romps said...

I just love this card. You can't help but think Spring! and thanks for sharing the instructions to make it!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Christina! This is stunning! Thank you so much for the template and tutorial - I downloaded it! I've never made a side-step card before! Yours is so impressive - I love all the trees, flowers, and greenery - it really does look like spring! The image is so cute and I love how you coloured it! I'm ready for spring now!!!

Cara Malmrose said...

Oh My what an awesome card Christina!. Love all the plants and trees and stuff! And Cat Stevens is one of my favorites. :O)
(Hugs) Cara

Cindy Groh said...

Stunning card. So beautiful in every way.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Woohoo, Christina! I just noticed you won over at Create and Inspire! Congratulations and well deserved!

Sue Reynolds said...

I love the frogs...I even went to the site to purchase them. My husband is a great fan of frogs and would make a nice card for him. I've done this step fold before but you were a lot more creative with the steps than I was. Great card.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Christina, just came from Crafting By Designs and noticed you were one of the winners! Congratulations!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Woohoo - Top 3 at Your Scrapbook Place! Congrats!

Enjoy your day!

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