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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Card Sketch Tutorial by Jan Rankine



When making cards one of the most challenging and time consuming components is the actual layout and placement of the materials. Having a pre-made design layout can save hours of indecision and trial and error. Card Sketches are pre-made layouts, are quite good fun to work with and can give you a great deal of inspiration. and there are many many sketches available on the Web - just search "Card Sketch Images".

Card sketches generally consist of three basic elements, designer paper, matting which is usually (though not always) cardstock and embellishments. Often the matting is used to frame the designer paper to make it "pop". The same sketch may be used many times with different papers, colour schemes, embellishments and matting combining to make completely different cards.

A sketch can be turned several ways as shown above - you don't have to stick to the original.
Today I have chosen the top left hand sketch.


This is the finished card


Once you have selected your sketch, decide the size you want your card to be.    
Count the number of pieces shown in the sketch and choose a colour scheme. 
Co-ordinate the colours of the card and patterned paper.
I chose to make my card 120mm x 160mm side fold.  Cut your card 240mm x 160mm and fold it in half.  Use a bone folder to ensure a good flat fold.


I chose gold mirror card for my first element and cut it 80mm x 13.5mm then put it through the Cuttlebug with a spotted template.


Attach double sided tape to the back of the gold card and attach to the base card.  The sketch is a guide only - you can measure distances or use your own judgement for placement.


For the second layer in the sketch I chose a patterned paper and cut it to 75mm x 12mm, then using a Martha Stewart border punch, created a decorative border along one edge.


 Attach this piece to the card with double sided tape using the sketch as a guide for placement.

I used a Peel Off Ribbon Sticker for the third layer. You could also use ribbon, lace, border punched card, or an embellishment.


For the top layer I used the same card as the base and cut it to 60mm x 90mm. I used a Peel Off Border Sticker to neaten the edges and also to give a little more dimension to the card.  I used tweezers to lift and position the stickers but a fine pricking tool can also be used.


A Peel Off Greeting , a rub-on, a 3D picture, or anything else you like can be added, then attach this piece to the card using the sketch as a guide for placement. 


With a Joy Craft cutting and embossing stencil, cut some leaves and glue them to the bottom left hand corner, with three roses.
I have used flowers but any embellishment can be added.

I hope I have helped give you some ideas about using sketches.  Use your imagination and remember, the sketch is only a guide.

Thanks for dropping by
Luv, Jan xx

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1 comment:

Queenie said...

Great tutorial Jan