Free Card Making Sketches

Updated on June 10, 2018

You wouldn't think so, but the layout and placement of your card making materials can be one of the most time-consuming parts to card making itself. It is for this reason that so many card makers participate in sketch challenges each week. Pre-made card layouts alleviate hours of frustration for paper crafters working to find the best placement of their card components so they are able to devote all of their creativity to the more important parts of the card.

A card sketch is made up of three very basic components: matting paper, designer paper, and embellishments. Matting paper is typically, but not always, cardstock, and is used to frame the designer paper to make it pop. Designer paper is available in many different brands, colors, and sizes and will be the most crucial part in the design of your card. The rubber stamps, ribbons, buttons, brads, or "embellishments", you choose to use for your card are often based on the theme of your designer paper.

Below are ten of my own favorite card making layouts that I have used in one way, shape or form for dozens of my handmade cards. These sketches do not need to be copied completely, but rather, are used to jump-start your creative process. These free layouts, along with your creativity, are sure to combine into the most perfect handmade cards you can add to your collection.


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      Melisa Germain 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you for these fun layouts. I have just recently started making cards and I don't like repeating designs.

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      linda Beairsto 

      5 months ago

      thank you so much for th card lay outs

      i struggle with layouts

      really appreciate these

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      18 months ago

      Hi! I’m new in card-making and these sketches can help me. Thank you for sharing these.

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      Tashia Wood 

      23 months ago

      Thank you for the pretty card layout

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      Emma Swartz 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the layout ideas.

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      2 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      Sure! Please just link back to my blog:


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      2 years ago

      Can I use your sketches for a little challenge on my crafty Facebook page please

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have made about 1000 cards in the last 10 years. I am very excited to find this idea page of yours. I will be able to break out of my box, so to speak, with these layouts. I can add colors in a new way.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for the use of the sketch - you can check out my card here:

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      8 years ago

      Hi thank you for all these fabulous sketches, they are great xx

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      9 years ago

      Fabulous Hub,thanx for extremely informative layouts,I always love to do creativity and i will try my card sketches using your tecniques.

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      9 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very nice hub, thanks for sharing!

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      9 years ago

      These are great! Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for the card sketches!

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      nightingale diaries 

      9 years ago

      Really nice. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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      snehal welde 

      9 years ago

      Hi I have used one of your sketches( the 5 th one ) to create a card the link is here

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      snehal welde 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these layouts I am a cardmaker and i agree that planning the card is most time consuming and layouts really help the cardmaker concentrate oon other aspects of cardmaking . have bookmarked this hub for future reference.Kindly have a look at my blog here.

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      Light of Thought 

      9 years ago

      Pretty good craft you do. Love the layouts. I've made some greeting cards using my computer. Maybe they would look better if I hand made them. Love your hub! You've inspired me to try it another way.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      This is a fantastic hub! Thank you for the free layouts, they look very nice. I wish I had found this sooner. I did make some funeral cards for my mom and everyone loved them. I think the ones we make ourselves are better.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a great hub. The information is extremely useful. It is hard and time-consuming to correctly place and layout your materials for card making. You will be so happy that you decided to learn quilling. It can add such a beautiful demention to your cards. Thanks for a great hub your layout patterns are terrific.

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      10 years ago

      Hi! I post links to sketches everyday on my blog as a way to spur my creativity and those of my readers! TFL!


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