Greeting Card Layout Sketch

By | July 19, 2017

One area in which many of my Stampin’ Up! newsletter subscribers struggle is card design. Using a greeting card layout sketch is one way to help with this problem.  In my last two blog posts I have been sharing cards I made based on a sketch. (Christmas in July Card Sketch Layout; Handmade Card Sketch Layout for Christmas in July)  I have a new sketch for you today.

Today, I’ll take one greeting card layout sketch and and show you how to vary it by simply changing the colors used on your handmade card.

Many card makers feel they have to come up with their own original card layouts.  This is definitely NOT the case.    You can find many card layout ideas on the internet.  A card layout is simply the way in which the individual elements of the card are arranged.  This same card layout, or arrangement of elements, can be used in so many different ways and each card will be totally unique.

Here’s the layout I used for my cards.

Greeting Card Layout Sketches


  1. The outermost line represents the edges of the card.  The lightest gray color between the outer line and inside line is where the card base shows.
  2. The next lightest gray represents another layer of the card.  This layer is usually cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ but can also be cut 5″ x 3 3/4″.  It can be cardstock or a patterned paper.
  3. The two darker gray shapes represent card elements.  The rectangular box and circle shape could be color cardstock, patterned paper or a stamped image.
  4. The word “sentiment” is the third card element.  This is where the greeting is placed.


Now that we’ve looked at the card layout, let’s look at two cards I made using this layout.  Both cards follow the greeting card layout sketch exactly.  Here’s my first card.

Greeting Card Layout Sketches


  • Card base is Tranquil Tide. (#1 above)
  • I layered a 5″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White cardstock piece on the front of the card.  (#2 above)
  • My two card elements are a piece of pattern paper (1 3/4″ x 4″) and the stamped (and punched) daisy image in Tranquil Tide ink. (#3 above)
  • I stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White cardstock layer.  (#4 above)


Here’s the exact same layout created in a different color.  Notice how changing only the color creates an entirely different card, even though the greeting card layout sketch has stayed the same.

Greeting Card Layout Sketch


  • Card base is Crumb Cake. (#1 above)
  • Next layer is Soft Suede cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  (I did add a second layer to this step – Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  This was so the sentiment would show better when stamped. Take note that this is a way to vary the sketch!!) (#2 above)
  • My two card elements are a piece of pattern paper and the stamped daisy image in Soft Suede ink. (#3 above)
  • I stamped the sentiment onto the Very Vanilla cardstock layer.  (#4 above)

Supplies Used for Today’s Cards:

Daisy Delight Stamp Set (143669)

Daisy Punch (143713)

Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137)

Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (144193)


Here’s my advice to those of you struggling with designing “original” cards: Create or find a few basic card designs that are easy to vary.   I call these my “go-to” sketches and use them again and again, especially if I’m stuck for a creative idea.  I’d like to challenge you to find a basic sketch you like (or use the one I provided here) and create an original card based on that design.  Then, create a second card in a different color using exactly the same greeting card layout sketch as the first card.  Then, let me know how that goes for you!!



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