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Simple Card Layouts




Card layouts are suggestions on how to connect together the various parts of your card.  

These simple card layouts are for beginners and are ideal to use with the minimum of supplies.

For each image I've created a PDF download with the International and US/Canada measurements.

When using your layout keep turning it 90 degrees as each layout will give you 4 options.

You don't have to follow the layouts exactly.  Just use them to start your creative process.

Likewise, a card doesn't have to be the traditional shape.  You can make them  any shape you want!

Before you start creating download and print the charts on the Card Sizes and Layers page and have these in front of you when planning your card.

Happy card making!




The most basic layout of all.  This works well with patterned paper or with embossed background.

Stamp the sentiment on the horizontal strip.





This is basic layout that works well for patterned or textured paper. 

Use the circle for the sentiment or add an image to the circle and a sentiment to the strip.





Another layout that works well with patterned paper or a card background.

The centre square can be replaced by a circle or any other shape.





In design it is recognised that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye.

Use card, ephemera or images in the circles.

The horizontal lines provide a base for the sentiment.  Use mirror or metallic card to add a bit of shine to your card.





The three diagonal lines lead your eye to the sentiment in the square box.  

Add foam to the sentiment square for added dimension.





The four flowers represent four elements.  They could be any related shape or image.

Place the sentiment on the horizontal strip.





A large single element makes a clean and simple card.

Use the horizontal strip for the sentiment.  Add foam to the strip so it straddles the element.





Discover more advanced card layouts....


There are a number of websites on the Internet that have card sketches and layouts.    I've collected a list of my recommended sites.

There is also a great book "Card Sketches for Paper Crafters" which has template designs for cards, tags and more.  It has ideas for shaped, square, horizontal and vertical cards.

As this is an old book (published 2012) many of the materials used may not be available.  






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