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Card making sketches are rough card designs of your card layout.
They are great place to start when planning your handmade card.
There are so many ways to design your card....Landscape... portrait......shaped.....or square.
When you've decided on the orientation and size the next thing to decide is your layers and how they will fit together in your overall card design.
And then there's the focal point and sentiment to consider. Whether to position them at the.....centre...top....bottom or to the left or to the right.
By planning your card(s) in a sketch it gets your card making off to a flying start.
But, what about those occasions when you make things up as you go along?
I find jotting down a successful card design in a notebook gives me something to look at when I'm struggling for ideas. If I remember I add measurements so I don't have to work all out again!
I keep my card making sketches from challenges and some of the websites mentioned below in a folder.
After much trial and error I found this A5 lever arch file from Amazon works for me.
If you print out the sketches from Operation Write Home you can fit two sketches each side.
Looking at other people's designs can help spark ideas and push your creativity to the next level.
One idea leads to another and before you know it you have more ideas than you have time for!
I've put together some simple card layouts with measurements for US and International card sizes to get you started.
And here's a selection of other websites that offer sketches.
This book from Amazon is packed with loads more ideas....