Guest Post: Card Sketch

Please welcome back guest blogger Valerie Salmon with another iScrap, u Scrap exclusive card sketch!

Hey, cardmakers, this sketch is for you!

I love making cards because they are quick projects.  With a sketch to go by, all you need is a little time, some scraps, and you are good to go.  It’s always good to make some to reserved for future use, too.

And let’s face it.  Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card?  I sure do.

We’ve created some lovely examples for you to give you some ideas.  Special thanks go out to my crafty friends Jennifer, Brittany, and Polly for sharing their fabulous creations below.

“Happy Birthday to You”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper: KI Memories.  Metal tag: K&Company.  Punches: Fiskars (circle, corner rounder), Marvy Uchida (scallop circle).

Designer’s Notes:

This card literally took only several minutes to complete!  The sketch made it easy to pull exactly what products I needed.  I simply layered a couple of circles behind the accent metal tag, following its circular shape.  I rounded the corners of the card, just for fun.  I chose to do a birthday card since I can never have enough of them.  It’s great to have them pre-made for the next time I need one in a jiffy.



Designed by Jennifer Perks

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple), Stampin’ Up! (lilac), Wausau Paper (white).  Patterned paper, sticker: BoBunny Press.  Rhinestones, pearls: Queen & Company. Punches: Marvy Uchida (large scallop circle), EK Success (open scallop edge). Die Cuts: Cricut by ProvoCraft (used the Joys of the Season cartridge to make the snowflake).  Adhesive: Tombow Mono (dry); EK Success (3D foam). Thread: Coats & Clark.  Silver cord: Stampin’ Up!.

Designer’s Notes:

Lately I’ve been pulling paper primarily from a single product line which makes putting together pages/cards a lot quicker, since it takes the work out of coordinating papers.

I pretty much stuck to the sketch.  Instead of a circle, I used a snowflake I had die-cut using my Cricut, which I suspended from a thin silver cord.  I backed the snowflake with a large scalloped circle that I had punched out.

The horizontal piece of cardstock is cut from a single piece. I embellished the snowflakes at the bottom with rhinestones and added an open scalloped edge to the top.

I like to make things dual purpose, so made it possible to remove the snowflake from the card.  It could then be hung from your tree or re-purposed as a gift tag.


“Love You”

Designed by Brittany Hopkins

SOURCES Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press.  Chipboard accent: Cosmo Cricket. Stickers: Anna Griffin (border), SRM Press (“love you”).

Designer’s Notes:

I used a chipboard heart to house my sentiment and help reinforce the theme of the card. I covered the heart with patterned paper, trimmed it out using a craft knife, and sanded the edges. For the sentiment, I used a clear sticker—it has a similar look to rub-ons, but without the stress of lining up letters.



Designed by Polly Mally

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned papers and stickers: Sassafrass. Ribbon: Michaels. Punches: EK Success (circle), Stampin’ Up! (scallop circle). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by ProvoCraft.

Designer’s Notes:
* Cardstock tends to dominate my scrapbook pages, and on occasion I add a touch of pattern to the design. Making cards is my chance to have fun with lots of patterned papers.

* Mixing patterns is easy when you use coordinated papers from the same line. I love the fun patterns from Sassafras, and for this card got to incorporate their famous decorative edge on the bottom of their paper at the seam of two other patterns.

* Whenever I use patterns, I make sure to have a little relief from the busyness by adding solid colors. On this card the ribbon and scallop medallion are solid to give a little breathing from from all the patterns. The concept works in reverse…if those two items were patterned, I’d have made the oval plate, and the upper background area beneath the oval solid.

* I tend to need cards the mostly for birthdays, but by adding the sentiment “celebrate” to the card, I’m free to use this card for a variety of occasions.


It’s your turn to gather your supplies, make a card, and brighten someone’s day!

I’ll see you next month with another sketch to inspire you.

Happy scrapping!

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3 Responses to “Guest Post: Card Sketch”

  1. Love the endless possiblities with this sketch!

  2. love the simpicity of each design. Am going to use this alot. Love making cards.

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