Guest Post: Card Sketch 2

This week, the guest blog post is from Valerie Salmon. Valerie’s previous sketches are still available on our blog—check out her first card sketch, multiphoto layout sketch, and her first sketch post.

Cardmakers, we’ve got a new sketch for you to tackle!

Even with very little time, you can put together a card in a snap with basic supplies and tools from your stash.  Try it!

Coincidentally, my friends and I all did birthday-themed cards as examples!  Totally unplanned.

Don’t you agree that one can never have enough extra birthday cards to hand out?  :)   I like to pre-make several ahead of time to grab-and-go or mail out when I need one.

“Happy Birthday”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Scarlet Lime – February ’11 kit.  Cupcake punch:  Fiskars.  Scallop circle punch:  Marvy Uchida.  Border punch:  EK Success.  Font:  Century Gothic.

Designer’s Notes:
I’m really loving cupcakes right now, more than ever.  So, there is no surprise that I put my Fiskars cupcake punch to use when I put this birthday card together.  I created the circular accent first, then the rest of the card just fell into place—thanks to the sketch.  It was so easy!



Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, stamps: Papertrey Ink. Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores), Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black).   Adhesive dots: Zva Creative.  Die-cutting tool: Big Shot by Sizzix.  Dies: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3, Limitless Labels: 1-3/4″ Circle Collection), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Open Scallop Border).

Designer’s Notes:
I followed the sketch closely. I’ve chosen a different shape for the labels. I used adhesive dots to adhere the different die-cut shapes to create more depth. Sewing is one of my favorite techniques as stitching adds more texture to a project. I chose the polka dot stamps to match the polka dot patterned paper to create a well balanced design.



Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:, die cut Teresa Collins Designs.  Ribbon: Hobby Lobby.  Rhinestone: Prima Marketing, Inc.  Pen: Sharpie.  Punch: EK Success.

Designer’s Notes:
I just love Valerie’s sketches, they are always so approachable, and I am always pleased with my completed cards.
On this card, I went with a clean and simple approach. I felt that adding the black cardstock added a bold punch to the already bold primary colors of the Teresa Collins patterned paper.


“Happy Birthday”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Papertrey Ink.  Patterned Paper: October Afternoon. Font: Breathe off the Internet.  Die, stamps: Papertrey Ink. Ink: Papertrey Ink (Chamomile), Stampin’ Up! (Certainly Celery).  Ribbon: Vandoros.  Punch: Marvy Uchida.  Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Designer’s Notes:
The give the sketch a little bit more depth, I stuck the green paper on the top and bottom down with 3D dots. I also adhered the borders to the green paper. Instead of using a stamp for the sentiment, I choose to create it on the computer with a font I recently purchased and absolutely adore. I made a double bow in the ribbon to give it that extra luxury feeling.


Have fun!

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