What are card sketches? Card sketches provide card makers with a basic card design layout for inspiration. There are no instructions and no rules! You are free to interpret the card sketch and the basic design elements any way you choose — using your favorite papers, stamps, color combinations and embellishments. And, a single card sketch can be adapted for any occasion – formal, whimsical, feminine, masculine, youthful, celebratory, sincere, etc. You can also choose to change the orientation from portrait to landscape, and vice versa. And, you can choose to move the focal point – centered, right, left, up or down.
This is my first card following the card sketch.
Benefits of Using a Card Sketch
- It is a time-saver for creating an eye-pleasing layout. Since the placement and composition of design elements is provided, you can devote more time to crafting and designing the extra special components of the card.
- Beginners can design beautiful, well-composed cards with confidence.
- Occasional crafters can learn different ways to use their crafting supplies.
- Experienced crafters can enjoy card making challenges that jump start their creative process and that may possibly jump outside their comfort zone.
- Whatever your experience level, card sketches are fun and provide lots of inspiration for creating your cards. Depending the design elements choose, you can get a completely different look from the same sketch.
Here is another interpretation of the same card sketch where I changed it up!
Design Elements of a Card Sketch
- Card blanks – use Stampin’ Up card and envelop sets, or create your own using the bone folder and envelop maker punch board for clean, sharp professional result
- Designer Series Paper and Cardstock – use Stampin’ Up coordinating projects for terrific results or try using Stampin’ Up stamps and ink to create your own customer background paper.
- Focal Point – use Stampin’ Up stamped images, stamped sentiments, punches and dies to create the main focal point of your card design.
- Embellishments – use Stampin’ Up charms, pearls, rhinestones, enamel shapes, doilies, ribbons and twines are great additions to accentuate your design
- Adhesives – use the appropriate Stampin’ Up adhesive to ensure that your beautiful card survives the mailing process, its exposure to the weather and its handling by the recipient.
How to Use a Card Sketch? There is only one rule – that you can interpret the card sketch any way you want!!! That’s right — anything goes — everything and anything is acceptable when interpreting a card sketch. It is perfectly acceptable to rigidly follow the card sketch (i.e., it calls for a square component, so you use a square). It is perfectly acceptable to use the card sketch as a “guide only”, interpreting, adding, substituting and deleting design elements as you please. For example, if the card sketch calls for a square component, you can decide to use a circle die or a dog punch instead. You can even eliminate the square component from your design. It is perfectly acceptable to overlap elements or change the dimensions or add/take away embellishments. And, guess what, you can mix and match elements from different card sketches. This is why card sketches are popular and fun because anything goes!
To find card sketches, simply do a google search or look at Pinterest and type in “card sketches”. You can also try searching for “card layouts”, “card patterns”, “card templates” and “card maps”. There are several blogs dedicated to card sketches, and you can sign up to receive emails with weekly card sketch challenges.
Tips for Using Card Sketches
- Start with a simple design and use items from your craft stash – you will be pleasantly surprised with the results from your design decisions from interpreting the sketch.
- Keep copies of your favorite card sketches for quick reference. Check out various card designs posted by others to see how they interpreted the sketch.
- Keep left-over design elements to use on future projects – This is a big time saver, plus you will have design elements to play with for your next card sketch creative endeavor. I typically store left-over pieces in the stamp case or die cut folder.
- Use your cellphone camera to take photos of different compositions of your card design – this will help you to re-create your final design and adhere the design elements.
- Try matting the stamped image with designer series paper rather than cardstock
- Try creating a masculine and feminine version (or formal and whimsical version) of the same card simply by picking and choosing different design elements.
Here are the two finished cards – similar but different.
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