Do you ever have difficulty coming up with ideas for your card making? I know, I do! When I experience a “lull in creativity,” I use a card sketch. What is a card sketch? It’s a rough drawing or outline showing a layout for what goes where on your card. The sketch makes it quick and easy to create, yet leaves you in full control of what you use to design your card. It is strictly meant to provide you with an idea for a layout. Use it as is, turn it around, make it yours!
I bet your next question is. where do I find card sketches. I look on Pinterest or do a google search. Sometimes, I even design my own. Below, is a card sketch I designed using Canva. I was in need of an idea for my monthly card class and just didn’t know what I wanted to do. I did a search, found some sketches I liked “pieces and parts” of, and made my own.
How I Used The Card Sketch To Create A Card
When I first looked at the sketch, I knew I needed a card base and layer. I decided that the two rectangles to the left of the card front would be my focal point. Here, I chose to use a solid color of either card stock or Designer Series Paper for the matte and a complimentary patterned paper for the top layer.
Below, I used a piece of patterned paper from Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Bubble Bath was used for the card base and matte. I used Basic White as my first layer and dry embossed using the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder. For my sentiment, I cut a rectangle from Basic White using the smallest die from the Nested Essentials.
In my interpretation of the sketch, the three circles simply suggested placement. I cut two small leaves and a flower using Garden Green and Calypso Coral card stock with dies from the Timeless Arrangements. If you don’t have the Garden Green or Calypso Coral in card stock, simply color on Basic White using your Stampin’ Blends. Once dry, die cut your small images from what you colored. Finally, I embellished using Iridescent Pearls colored with Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend marker. Below, you will find three more cards inspired by the card sketch.
In the video, below, I provide tips for where to find and how to use a sketch for inspiration in your card making. Further down in the post, you will see measurements, supplies and downloadable PDF for the card made during the video. Leave me a comment, I would love to know what your thoughts are regarding use of card sketches and which card was your favorite.
- Bubble Bath:
- 11″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 5 1/2″
- 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ (layer 2)
- 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ (inside strip 1)
- Basic White
- 4″ x 5 1/4″ (layer 1)
- 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inside layer)
- Scrap (die cut)
- Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper
- 1 1/2″ x 4″ (layer 3)
- 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ (inside strip 2)
- Garden Green
- scrap (die cut)
- Calypso Coral
- scrap (die cut)
Additional Cards Made Using A Card Sketch
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