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Spring’s Cardmaking Trends

From the customisation craze to the year’s coolest colour, say ‘Hi’ to spring’s biggest cardmaking trends. We have assembled the products to buy and projects to try in your cardmaking this spring with one spectacular guide.

Spring’s Cardmaking Trends

Personal Touch
Last year, Hobbycraft saw a 70% rise in searches for the Cricut Joy. It’s no surprise, as the desire for personalisation and custom-printed designs has been sweeping the craft world. It’s something you can easily apply to your new season cards, with calligraphy, brush lettering and of course your own Cricut machine.


The Cricut Joy is the ideal tool to begin your customisable crafts, allowing you to make anything you can dream in a number of formats.
Cricut Joy, £179, hobbycraft.co.uk


“Calligraphy is ideal for personalisation as you need very few materials and the results are virtually instant. If you’re struggling to get a particular word right , take a look online . Videos are ideal for seeing how the letters are formed.” Emily Dawe, Oh Hello Maker
Get started on your calligraphy journey with Emily’s Modern Calligraphy Gift Box from ohhellomaker.com, £29.99


You can’t start hand lettering and personalisation in your cards without some decent brush pens. Luckily these bright and beautiful Spectrum Noir brush pens are here to fill that gap.
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pens in Essential Brights, £12.99, crafterscompanion.co.uk


All you need is a set of number dies to customise this card for a birthday treat at any age.


If you want to learn more about cardmaking personalisation and how to go about it, then this book is a good place to start.
Watercolor & Hand Lettering by Tanja Pöltl, £15.99, davidandcharles.com

Just Because
2021 was a tough year for a lot of us, so it’s no surprise that we’ve seen a spike in kindness. With our friends and family needing a pick me-up, sending a beautiful handmade card at any time has become increasingly popular, featuring sentiments ranging from ‘you’re amazing’ to a simple ‘hello’.


Start off your just because crafting with two brilliant sentiment stamp sets from Altenew. Bring a floral touch to your just because cards with the Just Because stamp set, then mix up your sentiment styles with the Just Because Builder stamp set.
Altenew Just Because & Just Because Builder stamp sets, £34, altenew.com


Not only is this gorgeous greeting a sweet just because card, it’s also perfect for the personalisation trend as the sentiment is added using hand lettering.


Continue your message of positivity with our FREE Be Kind digi stamps.


You already have the world’s best friend, now you’ve got the perfect card for them with this stunning stamp masking just because card.


This embossed just because card is made from a heap of kindness plus a riot of colour.

Colour of the Year
Every year Pantone, the custodian of colour, unveils its Colour of the Year and for 2022, that hue is Very Peri – a soft blend sat somewhere between blue and purple. We think this is worth celebrating, as it gives crafters like us the chance to experiment with all manner of lilacs and lavenders in the knowledge that we will be ever so trendy in the process.


Replenish your stash of cardstock with this spectacular spectrum of purple shades, well worthy of the Colour of the Year tag.
Altenew Gradient Cardstock Set in New Purple, £6 , altenew.com


The secret to crafting this stunning card? The lush purple ink at its centre. Grab yourself a full set of purple inks from Altenew to attempt it for yourself.
Altenew Shades of Purple Crisp Dye Ink Oval set, £19, altenew.com


The Pantone Colour of the Year sits somewhere between blue and purple, and what better way to emulate that exact shade than with some watercolour paint mixing? This lavender hue from Daniel Smith is a great place to start on your colour mixing journey.
Daniel Smith Watercolour Paint in Lavender, £7.10, jacksonsart.com


Another cardstock pack to bulk up your stash, this Hobbycraft option offers you the full range of purple crafting. From the very lightest hues to the deepest shades, you’ll be bang on trend.
Hobbycraft Coloured Paper Pad in Purples, £4.50, hobbycraft.co.uk


There’s no point in having all this colourful inspiration if you don’t have a project to apply it to. So why not take on this partial card front project that makes fantastic use of those trending soft purple shades.


No matter what colour you’re using, it’s always worth having a bit of shimmer and shine in your life. This purple option from the WOW! Embossing range is a good place to start, helping you stay on trend and sparkly at the same time.
WOW! Embossing Powder in Kerstin’s Magic, £3, wowembossingpowder.co.uk


You can always rely on Lawn Fawn for some great die and stamp designs, but did you know they do ink pads too? This Fresh Lavender shade is just what you need to keep up with the Colour of the Year craze.
Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender ink pad, £5.99, bumbleberrys.co.uk


Whilst undertaking your on-trend crafting, why not introduce some exciting techniques into the mix? This quilled butterfly card is a brilliant example of a tricky yet rewarding craft. It’s available for FREE right here on our website, so get started to brush up on your quilling skills.

Bold Blooms
It may seem obvious, but there is nothing that screams spring quite like vibrant floral patterns. With paper petals still so popular in the crafting world, now is the perfect time to boost your colours and create your most stylish makes yet.


What better way to bring out the vibrancy of flowers than with a splash of gouache? As this spectacular orange and red design shows, gouache can make for a wonderful card front, and it’s easier than ever with our FREE online projects like this one.


Not only does this fabulous stamp set from Crafter’s Companion help you with your floral cardmaking, it can also be coloured up with the aforementioned Pantone Colour of the year. Now there’s an idea…
Crafter’s Companion Flowers & Buds Photopolymer Stamp, £7.99, crafterscompanion.co.uk


An easy way to stay on trend and add some floral fun to your cardmaking is with a simple floral paper collection. A great one to get yourself going is this stunner from Violet Studio, which is absolutely packed with eye-catching designs.
Violet Studio Floral paper pad, £6, hobbycraft.co.uk


Stamp masking is the ideal technique to show off your floral designs. Allowing you to overlap your pretty petals, our FREE stamp masking floral project shows off a riot of colour and fills your card front with a full garden’s worth of flowers.


It’s much easier to keep up with the floral cardmaking trend if you have a full stamp and die set at the ready, and better still if it looks as good as this one from Chloe’s Creative Cards!
Chloe’s Creative Cards Daisy Elements stamp and die set, £8.99, chloescreativecards.co.uk


Looking to stay on trend and add a floral touch to your cards without breaking out the die-cutting machine and stamp stash? We have just the thing for you with our Flower Power digi stamps! We’ve even included some FREE floral projects to make with them, because we’re just too good to you.


The name says it all for this Lawn Fawn die: Delightful Daisy. This die set is sizeable enough to become the focal point of your cards, giving them a whimsical springtime feel. What are you waiting for?
Lawn Fawn Delightful Daisy die, £10.50, sevenhillscrafts.co.uk


Another floral gouache card? These incredible designs from Ingrid Vichova are just too good to include on here only once, so we’ve decided to show you another intense, vibrant floral card made with gouache paint.


What better way to round off your on-trend cardmaking purchases, than with another floral paper pad? Packed with flowery goodness, this Carta Bella collection kit also comes with a full sheet of stickers.
Carta Bella Sunflower Market collection kit, £15.25, papermaze.co.uk

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