How to Use Greeting Card Layout Sketches

By | July 24, 2017

Today I’m continuing to show how to use greeting card layout sketches.  Card layout sketches make your card making time easier and more productive.  You save time when you have a plan for your card.  It’s like having a map to your destination.  You know where to go.  I like to think of the card sketch as my recipe and the elements of the card as my ingredients.  The recipe tells you how to mix the ingredients successfully!!

Last Wednesday I shared a card sketch with you.  The two cards I shared were both made with this same card layout sketch.  The only differences between the two cards were the colors and pattern paper I chose.  If you missed that post you can find it here.

The cards I’m sharing in this blog post also use that same sketch.  However, today I want to show you how to use greeting card layout sketches and vary the results by using different stamp sets and re-arranging the element details.  Here’s the sketch from last week that I’m also using today:

Greeting Card Layout Sketch


My first card is a Christmas Card.  I used the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (Wood 143650, Clear 143655) to create it.

How to Use Greeting Card Layout Sketches


  • This layout follows the sketch exactly.  It uses Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111) for the rectangle piece (the same way my cards from last week used pattern paper).  However, I added a small detail to change up this element of the card…I tied a piece of Silver 1/2″ Natural Trim Ribbon (141485) around the designer paper!
  • The twist on this card comes from changing the position of the greeting and circle element.  The Merry Mistletoe stamp set has an evergreen bough-like image that fits perfectly where the sentiment is shown on the sketch.  The stamp set also has a greeting image that fits perfectly in the circle area.  Switching the two around creates yet another variation on this sketch layout.
  • Other sketch “changes” to note.   An oval shape was used instead of a circle and the oval sentiment element is matted.  I grouped the stamped image and oval closer together than the sketch shows.  I attached the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give a bit of depth to the card.


Here’s my second card that shows how to use greeting card layout sketches by changing up the card elements. 

How to Use Greeting Card Layout Sketches


  • On this card I again change the position of the greeting and the circle element.  This time the circle element becomes a square and is matted with Basic Black cardstock.
  • I textured the cardstock background on this card using the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143709).
  • I use a piece of ribbon (Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, 144129) as an embellishment in the sketch sentiment area.  The bow is tied where that greeting element is on the sketch.
  • Instead of using designer paper for the rectangle area, I stamped an image.  This is from the Hello Color stamp set (Wood 143943, Clear 143946).


I hope that you are beginning to see that “designing” your own greeting cards isn’t difficult when you learn how to use greeting card layout sketches.  Start with a basic card layout and make it your own.  I’ll have another blog post on Wednesday that continues to explore ways to use this sketch.  Stop back then!!

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