Do You Love Sketches?

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the sketch tutorial today, it is time to announce the winners of the Graphic 45 prize packs!

The winners of the two prize giveaways, as chosen by, are:

Anne Schilling (Place in Time Collection)

Rosslyn Gale (Nutcracker Sweet Collection)

Please contact Gloria Stengel to claim your prize! ( Please note, if the prize winners do not claim their prizes by the end of December, the prizes will be put back into the “prize bin” for a future give-away.

Do you love sketches? I am talking about the kind that you use as a “map” for planning cards or scrapbook pages. Do you love the idea of sketches, but simply cannot seem to make them work for you? Maybe you have never tried a sketch before. Well, now is your chance. I have created a sketch for the Crafts ‘n things Blog with step-by-step directions!

1. To print the sketch, right click on the image and select Print. You can also Copy the image and place it into a program such as Photoshop. You may want to size your sketch to “real dimensions” prior to printing.  If you place the image into Photoshop, you have the ability to size it before printing. For this sketch, size it to 5″x5″. That way you can measure each element for precise placement. Once you get the hang of using sketches, you may skip this step.

Here is the card we will be making, using the sketch as a guide.

2. Cut dark blue cardstock to 5″x10″. Score at 5″ to create a top-fold, 5″x5″ card base.

3. The sketch shows the next layer to be a printed paper and to be slightly smaller than the card front. I like extra layers so I added one layer of kraft cardstock and then the designer paper.

4. Trim kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Do NOT attach the next layers to the card base until we add ribbon in step 8.

5. Trim blue designer paper to 4-3/4″x4-3/4″. Attach to the kraft panel.

6. The sketch shows the next layer is a vertical layer approximately 4-1/4″x3-1/2″, and rests slightly right of center. Again, I like extra layers; therefore, I have added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the newsprint designer paper.

7. Trim dark blue cardstock to 4-1/4″x3-1/2″. Trim newsprint designer paper to 4-1/8″x3-3/8″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach these panels to the one created in step 5, approximately 1″ from the left edge.

8. The sketch now shows that there is a thin “band” at the bottom of the card. I decided to interpret that band as ribbon.

9. Wrap a 7″ piece of cream lace around the kraft panel and affix ends to the back. Wrap a 7″ piece of blue-and-gold ribbon around the center of the lace and affix to the back. (I use single-sided tape to attach the ribbon).

10. Attach this series of panels to the card front. Your ribbon is now sandwiched between the card base and the first panel.

11. The next layer, according to the sketch, is the horizontal layer measuring approximately 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. I have once again added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the snowflake-print designer paper.

12. Trim dark blue cardstock to 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. Trim snowflake-print designer paper to 2-3/4″x3-1/2″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach the panels to the card front, approximately 1/2″ from the left edge of the card base.

13. Looking at the sketch, we can see that the next layers are the small “tags” to the right of the “image” panel. Trim two banner shapes using a die-cut template or free hand with scissors from designer paper. Stamp a sentiment with black dye ink onto kraft paper and die cut or punch it into a label shape.

14. Tuck one of the banner shapes under the bottom right edge of the snowflake panel. Set the other banner and the sentiment aside.

15. The last layer is your image. You may stamp an image, trim out a pre-made image from designer paper, use a photograph, or use another item. Your image should be approximately 3-1/8″x2-1/8″. Attach the image to dark blue cardstock, trimmed to 3-1/4″x2-1/4″.

16. Tuck the second banner shape and the sentiment under the right edge of the image. Then attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1″ from the left edge of the card base.

17. The sketch shows three “dots” in the upper right corner of the newsprint designer paper. Glue three small gold rhinestones to your card front, as indicated. 

18. The sketch contains three flower shapes at the bottom left edge. You can interpret this in many ways and do not need to add flowers to your project. For the sample, tie a double bow with the blue-and-gold ribbon. Using fabric glue, attach the bows to the left edge of the ribbon you wrapped around the card in Step 9.

19. Tie a double bow from cream twine and attach to the top of the ribbon bow.

20. Trim the shank from a snowflake button and glue it to the top of the stack of bows. Add a medium-sized gold rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

21. Your card is now finished to the specifications of the sketch. If you wish, you could also decorate the inside. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Stamp sentiment with black dye ink. Adhere the kraft cardstock to the inside of the card.

22. Trim a piece of dark blue cardstock to approximately 1-3/4″x4-7/8″. Punch one long edge with an icicle border punch and attach to the top of the kraft cardstock.

23. Trim a piece of the snowflake designer paper to 3/4″x4-3/4″ and attach to the punched strip. Your card is now ready to mail.

I hope that this tutorial helped you to see sketches in a new light. If you have never used a sketch before, I hope you will try this one and share your creation in a comment here on the CnT Blog.

Feel free to check my sketch gallery for more sketches.

Here are a few other sketch sites for you to try:

Got Sketch? (

Mojo Monday (

Page Maps (

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Storm, Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • Papers: Echo Park Paper Co. Times & Seasons Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad, Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection January Cut-Aparts
  • Stamp Sets: Papertrey Ink 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, HamptonArt/7 Gypsies Time Pieces
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Lace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Fishtail Flag Stax, Mini Tabs Quartet
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Bamboo Cord, Charlotte Natural Crochet Lace; May Arts Navy/Gold Ribbon
  • My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy Collection True Blue Bling Rhinestones
  • Michaels Glitter Snowflake Button
  • Tools: Bow Easy, Martha Stewart Crafts Icicle Border Punch
  • Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Fabric Glue; 3MScotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Mounting Tape

Have a blessed Christmas. I will be back on December 31st with another post. We will be talking about adhesives.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

8 thoughts on “Do You Love Sketches?

  1. Such a great sketch, Gloria, and a wonderful step by step, too. Thank you so much. This card is delightful! All those layers really make it sing! I especially love the bow, twine, lace/snowflake combo. Beautiful!

  2. What a wonderful sketch to transpose to an even more wonderful card. Many thanks for the link and details of the cards.
    Merry Xmas.

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