If you’re not sure where to start when making a card, a card sketch is a great place!

A card sketch is a pattern for making a card.

A card sketch is a great place to start because you can use it with ANY card making supplies that you have.

I’ve included measurements on this card sketch to make it even easier for you, but if you don’t like to measure you don’t have to use them!

 

The sketch is really just a starting point and you can adjust it however you want as you choose your supplies and make your card.

Here are 3 different cards that I made with this card sketch to get your creative juices flowing…

Polka Dot Paper: 3″ x 3″
Basic Black: 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″
Flirty Flamingo card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

 

Birthday Card Tips:

  • All of these cards started by cutting a 6×6 piece of black and white polka dot paper into four 3×3 pieces. You can use the pieces to make 4 of the same card or 4 different cards!
  • This card can be made in a variety of different colors! That’s a great way to personalize each card without having to reinvent the wheel.
  • Stamp your greeting on your card base BEFORE you glue any other pieces on. Lay the square on your card base to see where you want to place your greeting but wait to make sure you get a nice crisp stamping of your words before you assemble.
  • Pop your ice cream cone up with dimensionals. That gives your card an extra little WOW factor!
  • Think about what other shapes you could put inside your square… see the next card for how I used a heart instead.

 

Supplies Used for Ice Cream Birthday Card:

 

Polka Dot Paper: 3″ x 3″
Real Red: 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″
White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Real Red card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

 

Thinking of You Card Tips:

  • It’s okay to add an extra layer to a card sketch! For this card, I added a white background piece. You may find it easier to stamp your words on a separate piece like this than right on your card base.
  • Make more than one card at a time. All of these cards started by cutting a 6×6 piece of black and white polka dot paper into four 3×3 pieces. You can use the pieces to make 4 of the same card or 4 different cards!

 

Supplies Used for Thinking of You Card:

 


Basic White: 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″
Real Red: 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″
Polka Dot Paper: 3″ x 3″
Real Red: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Basic White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

 

Penguin Card Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to do your own thing with a card sketch! You don’t have to follow the sketch or the measurements exactly. Just use them as a starting point.
  • Stamp your words more than once! This works really great for smaller font word stamps. I stamped the line of words on a diagonal down my card and I love how it draws the eye across the card front.
  • Put whatever you want in the square! You could use a die-cut, a punch, a stamp, or anything else you can think of. The possibilities are truly endless so dig through your supplies and see what inspires you.
  • Remember, all of these cards started by cutting a 6×6 piece of black and white polka dot paper into four 3×3 pieces. You can use the pieces to make 4 of the same card or 4 different cards!

 

Supplies Used for Penguin Card:

It’s amazing how you can use the same card sketch with different supplies for a totally different card!

 

Your turn! Make a card using this card sketch and supplies that you have.

The great thing about card sketches is that you can use the dimensions and layout exactly or you can use it as a starting point and then add your own extra flair.

Be sure to take a photo of your card so you can share it during our weekly Sunday night Show & Tell on my Facebook page.

Happy Stamping!

Jessica

P.S. Here are some other card sketches you can use with more tips for using card sketches:

Simple Card Sketch #1

Simple Card Sketch #2

 

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