Article Courtesy of Scrapjazz.com: by Julia Sandvoss

Do you tend not to be able to start creating a card unless you have a sketch to guide you? I think that is more common than we realize. I know for myself I must have a sketch or brief idea of how to position things before I begin. I think often the decision of what supplies to use can be so overwhelming that knowing the basic layout is in place offers a BIG relief!

For this sketch I decided to try out my Adobe Photoshop Elements skills and create my own sketch. I had to play around a bit to work out the different layers and how to make them stand out with the different shades. But once I figured that out, the rest just fell into place!

Here's the card sketch I created. It has a single border running down the left side with an oval-shaped sentiment. There's a rectangle behind the oval-shaped sentiment, and a spot for an embellishment on the vertical border. This card sketch can work for A2 size cards as well as 6" by 6" and 5" by 7". Let's not forget it also works for layouts.

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I asked fellow friends and amazing designers Linda Beeson, Jennifer Ellefson, Sherry Wright, Melanie Douthit, Sherry Wright and Annabelle O'Malley to join me in creating a card with this sketch. Here's a sampling of beautiful cards from some very talented ladies!

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Linda's card stands right out with its fun colors and great prints. She placed a Scenic Route diecut with the word "New" directing the eye down to the "Home" sentiment. What a cute card to give a new homeowner!

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Jenn is an expert crafter with punches and diecut systems. She used her Spellbinder diecut system to cut the oval shape on which she stamped a beautiful sentiment. Little details of the tied button, reversed punched corners and inked edges make it a beautiful card to give a friend.

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How adorable is this card for a new baby? Melanie used bright, fun colors for the card itself. Beautiful details with machine stitching, a small colored pin attached to the ribbon and hand-sewn buttons make this a card any new mom would love to receive.

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Sherry's beautiful color choices and paper layering make for an amazing card. She layered a diecut border cut from a Sassafras Lass paper along with a ribbon for added depth. Tiny details of crystal stones and inked edges make the My Mind's Eye diecut sentiment just pop!

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Annabelle used a vibrant color combination on her card. She added a bit of a whimsy with the addition of the hand-stitched popped-up butterfly. The KI lace paper and little glitter accents make me wish I was the lucky recipient of this pretty card!

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Jessica is a wonderful stamper and on this card shows off her talents. The circle-stamped background and adorable stamped owl and sentiment make this card so darn cute that I wouldn't mind moving to a new nest. The orange ribbon addition is the perfect complement.

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For my card I kept to the original design of the sketch. I machine stitched the patterned paper for the border and added a diecut with a stamped Heidi Grace greeting for the sentiment. Little touches of a layered heart sticker, a velvet brad and some jewels finish it off!

 

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