Handmade Greeting Card Sketches

By | July 31, 2017

We have been learning how handmade greeting card sketches can make the process of designing your own handmade cards go quicker and easier.  I’ve got two final cards to share using a basic card layout sketch.  It’s the same sketch I’ve used for all the other cards I’ve shared in this series.  It should look familiar by now.

Greeting Card Layout Sketch


Here’s the first card I created.  It has a fall theme.

handmade greeting card sketches


  • By now you should recognize the familiar elements of this sketch…rectangle shape on the left, larger shape on the top right and narrow skinny shape on the bottom right.
  • The sentiment and decorative element have again switched places on this card.  The greeting is a square shape and matted with Real Red cardstock.
  • Three die cut leaves make the long, narrow element on this card.   They are textured with an embossing folder and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I stamped a border of leaves onto a piece of watercolor paper to create the rectangle shape.  (Note: I tried the Plastic Bag watercolor technique on this card.  Kind of fun!!).  The stamped piece is matted with Real Red cardstock, causing this element to pop.  (See photo below for what the card looks like with no matte piece.)

handmade greeting card sketches

Products used for this card:

Stylized Birthday Stamp (141828)

Colorful Seasons Stamp Set (143726)

Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) – bundled with stamp set (145348) for 10% savings

Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143741)


Here’s my second card designed with the same layout sketch.

handmade greeting card sketches


I used a sheet of Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series paper (144110) for the back layer of this card and matted it with some Wild Wasabi cardstock to make it stand out.  Card colors are Pool Party and Wild Wasabi.

The rectangle element is a stamped image I created with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666).  The three large flowers are cut out with the coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits (143659) and popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I also matted this design piece so that it would stand out against the pattern paper.  (Note: Bouquet Bunch Framelits can be bundled (145297) with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for 10% savings.)

I broke the design pattern on this card by using two circle elements on the right side of the card.  Not only are both elements circles, they both contain coordinating sentiments. Do you recognize the original sketch layout on this card??  It isn’t an exact copy as so many of my other samples have been.  But the original “concept” is there.


Here are the other blog posts in this how to use handmade greeting card sketches mini series :

Greeting Card Layout Sketch

How to Use Greeting Card Layout Sketches

Card Sketches for Card Making Ideas


If you have enjoyed my mini-series on how to use handmade greeting card sketches in your card making, I’d love it if you’d share it with your friends who may also struggle with designing cards.  And then, let me know what tricks you have that work for you by leaving a comment on this post!!

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