I am not going to say this was a super fast card to make, but it was a super fun card to make. To create the spring-y border, I used the Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge. Happily Ever After has some beautiful images, but they are all pretty detailed...lots and lots of tiny layers.
To make sure that border fit the mat of the card I used the "Fit to Length" button on the Cricut Expression. I use that feature button more than any of the others.
Here's a tip/confession: sometimes I think the itty bitty cuts don't always turn out so beautiful - but here's the good news...with a little bit of shading using ink or chalk (or whatever you like) it not only gives the image a bit more depth - it also helps conceal any less than perfect cuts.
Here's the recipe:
Card Base: 8 by 5 1/2 (Folded it will be 4 by 5 1/2)
Mat: 3 3/4 by 5 1/4 - Paper is from Die Cuts With a View - Flower Power Stack
Contrast Mat (Pink): 1 by 5 1/4 - Embossed using Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder
Green 3/8" ribbon
Snow White Border cut at 2 1/2"
Dew Drop Tsukineko Inks