Have you ever wondered how to use an easy sketch for handmade cards? Let me show you how a simple layout can be used over and over with totally different results!

Customers tell me all the time they get overwhelmed with ideas and don’t know where to start when it comes to making a fabulous card.

My response is “go back to simple“.

That’s where sketches come in.

They let us relax!

No more guesswork.

No figuring out measurements and cuts.

The design work is all done for you so all you have to do is decide on colour, papers and stamps!

Plus, it’s amazing how different a sketch can look when you change up that colour, that paper and those stamps.

In fact you don’t have to change much! I’ve got two cards to show you below where I changed out very little and still got uniquely different results!

Here’s the sketch we’re playing with today.

How to Use an Easy Sketch for Handmade Cards
How to Use an Easy Sketch for Handmade Cards
  • Simple.
  • Quick to make.
  • Amazingly beautiful cards!

What’s a Sketch?

If you’ve heard the word “layout” for paper crafting, a “sketch” is really the same thing.

It’s how we set our images, paper and embellishments on a card (or a scrapbook page). And there are some sketches we can use that appear sort of “ho hum” perhaps, but can yield great results.

I used this easy sketch for handmade cards and made this design.

How to Use an Easy Sketch for Handmade Cards
Ever Eden DSP adds lots of punch to this sketch layout

It’s one I shared for our biweekly Zoom Koffee and a Kard class. I just had to showcase the pre-release Eden’s Garden Collection. The stamps, dies and especially the designer series paper are gorgeous!

This photo really doesn’t do it justice. The gold foil elements pick up the light in such a pretty way! You can’t go wrong with a package of this paper.

How to Use an Easy Sketch for Handmade Cards

So how did I use the sketch for this card? And more importantly, how can YOU use the sketch for your own designs?

Take a peek at the sketch and see what the different parts are. On this sketch we see

  1. a background panel which still allows the card base colour to show around the edges,
  2. two rectangles in different papers or colours along the left, one a little shorter and smaller than the other,
  3. three circles of 3 increasing sizes, each one a different colour and the middle one with scalloped edges, and
  4. three little embellishments to add some decoration around the circles.

So then it’s a matter of copying it to make a card for yourself!

Use your own stash of supplies!

This is the absolute BEST thing about using sketches. It’s a chance to use whatever you have in your own paper crafting closet!

Don’t have this paper? Use one you DO have!

Eden’s Garden dies didn’t make it into your last order? No problem, you might have a punch or another die set that would make equally stunning designs!

Add your own personality!

Not fond of green? Try pink or blue!

Need a birthday card? Use a celebration stamp!

Get Instant Variety with Sketches

When you have a simple layout like this one, the possibilities are endless!

With just a couple small changes but still using the same designer series paper, stamp set and dies, here’s how I changed up the first card during class.

How to Use an Easy Sketch for Handmade Cards
A simple change of the Ever Eden ombre DSP is awesome!

If you’d like to see everything I used, click here. You can pin the project, print it or order any of the supplies I pulled out to use!

Which one do you like better? The darker background or the lighter? It was a toss up in our class but I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Click here to leave a comment.

I have another totally different card idea for the Eden’s Garden bundle. Check it out here.

Sketches give us so much flexibility I use them ALL the time! And I have a Sketch’n Stamp Club where I share monthly sketches and weekly inspiration with an exclusive Black Friday Special starting tomorrow!

So now you have an idea on how to use an easy sketch for handmade cards, be sure to check out my next post where I’ll show how you can get even MORE variety with a simple layout!