Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout

By | July 12, 2017

I’m celebrating Christmas in July by sharing some cards I made with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.  These cards all follow the same Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout.  Here it is.


Card sketches are also known as card layouts, card patterns, card templates and card maps.  The basic principle of card sketches is simple, provide card makers with a design layout for the card they are making. The card sketch will include basic shapes and designs drawn on the layout, usually with no other instructions.

Card making sketches help organize the card making process. The sketches are basic starting points for card design, giving you a skeleton or framework to build your card around.  Use your favorite papers, stamps, color schemes and any other embellishments and adornments to create your cards for any occasion. A single card sketch or pattern can be adapted for many different uses, simply by varying the colors of paper, the card theme or the types of stamps used.



Let’s get started with our Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout.  Here’s my first card (and the card on which my sketch is based).

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout


  • Can you see the sketch elements on this card??  The border corresponds with the three layer border in my sketch drawing. (The dots represent the scallops, I didn’t know how to draw those.)  The sentiment element is also exactly as shown in the sketch.
  • Here are the dimensions on my card: Cherry Cobbler card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; Whisper White layer 5 1/4″ x 4″; Cherry Cobbler matte for sentiment 1 3/4″ x 3″; Whisper White sentiment piece 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″; Cherry Cobbler Border 1 3/8″x 5″; Whisper White Border 1″ x 5″; Ribbon Border Punched Strip 1″ x 5″
  • Sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (Wood 143650, Clear 143655).  Punched border was created with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch (143721).


You should be able to find the original sketch in my second card as well.

Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout


  • The color combination on this card is Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  All stamped images are from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.
  • Remember me saying that card sketches are simply starting points in creating cards.  Well, I used my original sketch as a beginning and changed a few things as I went.  The first change you will notice is that the sentiment shape is oval, not square as in the sketch.  Changing shapes is a really easy way to make a sketch “your own” creation. Tweaking the design just a bit makes it feel like the card is something YOU created and not a copy of another’s work.
  • The border design is also changed.  Instead of one long punched piece, I created the border using stamped trees.  And, I made the middle tree stand out by matting it with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.


Are you enjoying the Christmas cards I’ve been creating using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and my Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout?  It always amazes me how one stamp set and card layout can result in so many different card ideas!!  I’ll have two more cards using this same card sketch next Monday so make sure and stop back then!



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