paper: Three Sketches for Handmade Cards | pretty paper. true stories. {and scrapbooking classes with cupcakes.}

lovely to meet you Twitter Facebook Pinterest YouTube

Take a Scrapbooking Class

online scrapbooking classes

Shop Shimelle Products simon says stamp shimelle scrapbooking products @ shimelle scrapbooking products @

Reading Material


Three Sketches for Handmade Cards

three sketches for handmade cards
three handmade cards
Oh I do love a good patterned paper that can be cut into pieces and used for pretty much anything. Like the dreamy days paper in the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection, which has plenty of little Polaroid-style frames, each with something different in the centre. There are also a few in the chipboard pack, but with the sheet of paper there are so many just for the sheet of a single piece of paper, so that wins my vote. So when American Crafts asked me to come up with a way to use one of their products for a series of different handmade cards, they probably expected me to pick a pack of embellishments or a 6×6 paper pad or a sticker book. Instead I chose that single sheet of paper. Whatever works, right?

sketches for cardmaking
Here’s my answer to three cards that would be similar in design but each unique: each one uses that not-quite-a-square rectangle as a central feature, then has a different arrangement of other papers and embellishments. I used Neapolitan for all these cards, but you could certainly use the same sketches with plenty of other collections.

handmade thank you card
For this one, the repetition of circle embellishments, plus some little heart motifs and word blocks. If you like the idea of more scattered-yet-small embellishments, you might like this post from May Flaum, by the way. She uses sequins and I’m looking forward to giving her tips a try.

handmade card
Speaking of sequins! These come on the ribbon card in the Neapolitan collection. And a chipboard piece adds texture and dimension. Plus this card is a flash to create, so a great sketch to keep handy for emergency cards!

handmade card
And something a bit more plain that can be easily worked to be more masculine than the other two or just less embellished for a recipient who is a bit no-nonsense! That greeting stamp is from one of the Amy Tangerine collections and works great for non-specific cards.

Any favourite cards you’ve made recently? Or do you have a patterned paper you love cutting into pieces to make all sorts of goodies? I’d love to hear!


11 June 2012

Related Posts with Thumbnails

11 Comments for Three Sketches for Handmade Cards

  1. jengd Says:

    I have to say that I saw these sketches over on AC the other week and was in LOVE! I used one of them for my Growing in Unity week and they’re two of my fav cards I’ve made.

  2. Cathy Says:

    So happy to see you posting again!!!

  3. Julie Jeavons Says:

    I have some cards to make, so these will come in useful – thank-you. Would work well with the sheet of twinkling lights jars too……………

  4. Dawn Cheshire Says:

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous sketches, they are just what I need to make a batch of cards for a gift!

  5. Madeline Says:

    Like these a lot

  6. Kirsty Says:

    They are soooooooo pretty!

  7. Mandy Szeto Says:

    super cute cards!

  8. kazoulis Says:

    I’m in love with the first one, it’s so sweet=)

  9. Anthea Goodman Says:

    Hey Shimelle! Thanks so much for these sketches, they inspired me to get a card done. It was timely since I needed one quick!

    Here’s a link to the card if you’re interested.

  10. LisaE Says:

    Love all these cards. I like working with 6×6 pads for cards or using a good striped paper in any size as a jumping off point for the color palette.

Have Your Say

A name and email address are required for commenting. Textile can be used in comments. There are Textile formatting buttons and a help link above the comment area. Please play nicely and hold hands when crossing the street.

You must click to preview your comment first. Be sure it appears as you wish, then click the submit button.
Spammers please just go away.

Textile helpTextile Help