If you’re not sure where to start when making a card, use a card sketch!
A card sketch is a pattern for making a card and it’s a great place to start because you can use card sketches with ANY supplies that you have!
You can follow a card sketch exactly…
Lost Lagoon card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Leaf paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Petal Pink embossed with Basics 3D Folder: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 1-3/4″
You can alter the shapes and sizes…
Real Red card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Christmas paper: 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″
Gold Glimmer Paper: 1/2″ x 5-1/4″
Basic White: Heartfelt Hexagon Punch
You can turn a sketch on its side…
Bubble Bath card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Star paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Navy Blue paper: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 2-3/8″
You can leave pieces of the card sketch off…
In this video, I’m going to show you four cards that I’ve made with the same card sketch and different supplies, plus give you some of my best tips for using card sketches.
There are lots of card sketches out there, but I’ve been sharing some SIMPLE card sketches here on my blog and I’ve created a printable pdf of my 8 card sketches for you.
Now let’s take a closer look at the cards I showed you in the video…
Starry Sky card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Teacup paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Sweet Sorbet patterned paper: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 1-3/4″
The EASIEST way to use a card sketch is to follow it exactly.
That’s what I did for this thank you card.
I’ve used two different pieces of patterned paper and put my greeting in a small circle cut with the Stylish Shapes dies.
But you don’t have to stop there.
Of course, you can add embellishments or extra layers as you’d like.
For this one, I added some Sweet Sorbet decorative dots that coordinate with my patterned paper.
Supplies Used for Teacup Thank You Card:
Sweet Sorbet card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Pink gingham paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Floral patterned paper: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 2-1/2″
For this card, I started with the same basic card sketch but I used my colorful paper for the small strip, made my circle bigger, added a scallop circle behind it, die-cut and popped up my teacup with dimensionals, added a teabag with some twine and added a few Iridescent Rhinestones to flow across my card.
It’s amazing how a few extra layers and embellishments can really transform a card and make it a WOW!
Supplies for Pink Teacup Card:
So Saffron card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Rainbow + paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Pool Party: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 2-1/2″
For this card, instead of using two different patterned papers, my 3/4″ strip is Pool Party card stock embossed with the Into the Clouds embossing folder. My circle is cut out of a patterned paper and my main image is again die-cut and popped up with dimensionals, but I also added a greeting on a label beneath it.
Watch this video to learn how to change the length of your label dies!
Supplies for Piggy Birthday Card:
When you use a card sketch you have a lot of different options for your layers:
- solid colored card stock
- embossed card stock
- patterned papers
- or you could even stamp your own design
Petal Pink card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Heart paper: 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
You never have to follow a card sketch exactly.
It’s really just a starting point to get your creative juices flowing.
For this card, I replaced the small strip of paper with hearts that are stamped and die-cut. Then I didn’t use a circle at all! Instead, I used a die-cut Yeti.
You can replace the shape on a card sketch with any shape that you’d like!
Circles can become squares and vice versa or use a heart, a butterfly, a flower, or any shape that you have. Get Creative!
Supplies for Yeti Card:
A card sketch is really just a starting point and you can adjust it however you want as you choose your supplies and make your card.
I hope that these tips help you to use card sketches in your card making. There are lots of sketches out there, but you can
download a free pdf of my simple card sketches here.
Your turn! Make a card using this card sketch and supplies that you have.
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.
Then send your card to a friend. You’ll make their day!
Here are some other card sketches you can use with more tips for using card sketches:
Don’t forget to pin this idea for later! ⤵