Free Card Making Sketches

Updated on April 11, 2016

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.

Looking for more sketches?

Make sure you check out my Handmade Greeting Card Layouts hub for more sketches. Feel free to use, save or print any of my card sketches for your personal use. If you decide you like using card sketches, there are many more places you can visit to grow your collection.

You may also decide you would like to take part in the many daily blog challenges that are centered around sketches. To play along, simply create a project using the provided sketch as a reference. At the end of the week, the host chooses a winner and prizes are distributed.

Below is a list of websites that offer free sketches and/or sketch challenges.

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        Alissa 4 months ago from Rocky Hill, CT

        Sure! Please just link back to my blog:


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        wlt27 4 months ago

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

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        Sherry Venegas 3 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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        Dee 4 years ago

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

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        dora 6 years ago

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

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        eudociadavis 7 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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        craftybegonia 7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

        Very nice hub, thanks for sharing!

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        Jill 7 years ago

        These are great! Thanks.

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        Charlene 7 years ago

        Thank you so much for the card sketches!

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        nightingale diaries 7 years ago

        Really nice. Thanks for sharing your technique.

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        snehal welde 7 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 7 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 7 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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        Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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 Haze 7 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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        Allison 7 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!