One Card Sketch, Three Card Designs
Creating homemade birthday cards is easy when you have card sketches as birthday card ideas. One sketch is good enough to produce several handmade cards and for this page, that’s what I’m going to show you.
I’ve picked card sketch #4 from the ebook, “101 Creative Card Sketches“. There a number of card sketches that I enjoy using from this ebook. One good sketch can really spurn a series of handmade cards. I like sketch #4 as there’s a big focal point for me to play with, while the three vertical stripes on the left add a fun element to the card design.
In a glance, you’ll see that all three cards have a similar layout and placement of elements. Yet each card looks different because of the color schemes, patterned papers, and ribbons (with or without) used.
You don’t have to busy yourself thinking each time you sit down to make your own birthday cards, you have to use a new sketch. If you found a sketch you’re fond of, you can use it again and again to produce many great looking cards! And you’ll make it in quicker time too as you’re already familiar with the layout.
As the rectangular box which forms the focal point of these handmade birthday cards is quite big, I feel that it’s an excellent place to shine focus on some pretty patterned papers featuring repeat patterns, geometric shapes, or even free flowing florals. In fact, that’s what I’ve done for these cards.
To show you how I’ve put together the cards, I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial below for one of these cards, while the other two cards basically follow similar steps with only minor variations.
The first variation is that the mustard teal leaves pattern card and the blue red floral pattern card have ribbons on top of their greeting tags. Then the blue red floral pattern card and the green blue geometric pattern card have their greeting tag edges inked all round. Otherwise, the three cards share similar card making steps.
- Mustard teal leaves patterned paper – Urban Prairie/Harvest by Basic Grey.
- Blue floral patterned paper- Spread Your Wings/Paisley Flower by Three Bugs in a Rug.
- Blue green geometric patterned paper, and blue solid paper – Scrapbook Walls/Chalet Argyle by Chatter Box.
- Light teal colored paper – Neutrals Scrapbook Paper Pack by Grant Archival.
- Pale green cardstock – A5 Textured Cardstock by KCK Craft.
- Mustard cardstock, light blue-grey cardstock, red cardstock, off-white cardstock, yellow satin ribbon, red satin ribbon from stash.
- Double-sided tape.
- Glue gun (optional) for adding ribbons.
- “Happy Birthday” rubber stamp – Janet Dunn for Studio G.
- Corner rounder.
- Timber Brown solvent ink pad – StazOn.
- 101 Creative Card Sketches #4
For more examples of my birthday cards using card sketches and printables, do click on the below images: