Need to make a card quickly – there’s no faster way once you know how to copy a card layout!

No matter what occasion you need to design for, layouts are your answer!

Whether it’s for a gal or a guy, big or little kids, layouts are your answer!

Usually you can get by with using very little supplies too, which makes your card making economical.

Grab some stand out patterned paper, like the Perennial Lavender and design away!

How to Copy a Card Layout
A beautiful card made with a simple layout or sketch

In the world of card making, speed is often the QUEEN!

Using a sketch or a layout (also called a template) gives you versatility with speed!

Let’s see what you want to think about as you’re copying a sketch.

How to Copy a Card Layout

You have so much flexibility in taking a layout and making it yours. But there are a few things to keep in mind as you’re playing.

How to Copy a Card Layout

1. Identify the Design Elements

Before diving into copying a card layout, take a close look at the design itself you want to duplicate. Look at the card dimensions, shapes of the different pieces, spacing, placement, and, if it’s important to you colour schemes.

Are there embellishments like ribbon and dots? Is there a textured piece on the card like something dry embossed?

2. Choose your colours

Decide on your own colour choices. The quickest way to do this might be to use a piece of Designer Series Paper. Then flip to the back of the package and see what colours are included. It’s so much easier to pick the coordinating cardstock this way.

Then pull out your inks that also match (or are close) and any embellishments you want to use.

3. Choose the Right Tools

Are the shapes rectangles, circles or other ones? Rectangles are much quicker and can be cut with your Paper Trimmer or scissors. Other shapes will require a punch, dies or other tools to cut them.

What size is your sentiment stamp? Long and narrow or short and squat? Lots of words or just a couple? The size makes a difference.

4. Recreate the Card

Often a sketch will be a picture of the card itself. But soemtimes you’ll be given the sizes of the paper layers too (see below for these ones).

Cut your paper and cardstock and glue them together . Stamp your greeting and images and mat them onto cardstock if required. Then place them onto your card base, and see if you like the placement.

If you think it needs a little tweaking with the items you’ve chosen, feel free to add your own personality!

Like this how to change up a card layout I hope you enjoy. It was one of my faves last spring.

Time to Create Your Own!

Let’s recreate today’s design! Here are the measurements.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4”, 1/2″ x 2″
  • Perennial Lavender DSP – 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″, 1/8″ x 5 1/4″
  • Highland Heather cardstock – 2″ x 5 1/4, 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Linen thread – about 8-10″
How to Copy a Card Layout
A simple linen bow is the final embellishment to add some softness

Let’s Make It!

  1. Burnish the fold with your bone folder and fold the card.
  2. Glue the large piece of Perennial Lavender to the large Highland Leather then to the card front. Glue the 1/8″ piece to the inside of the card along the right hand side.
  3. Stamp the greeting. Here I used the omitting technique (see my short JO-Tips video to show you how) but to get the two colours on my stamp, I used my Highland Heather and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write markers to colour the word. Glue to the piece of Highland Heather and add dimensional to the back. Adhere as per the layout.
  4. Make a bow with the linen thread and add to a glue dot and adhere to the top left of the greeting.
  5. Add Purple Fine Shimmer Gems as desired.

Enjoy Using This Layout Over and Over Again

I hope you find all kinds of colours, papers and occasions to make this card layout.

I think you’ll find once you make one, they become even faster to create and pop into the mail.

I would love it if you would share this post on how to copy a card layout with those in your crafting community – thank you!