Card Making Made Easy: Start with a Card Recipe or Sketch

By | 07/11/2024

I have several relaxing hobbies that I pursue daily.  Card making and scrapbooking are two of those, as is crochet.

All three of my crafty passions are easy hobbies for any person to pick up and excel at.

Card making should be an easy and relaxing hobby.  We are adding stamped images, sentiments, and pretty papers that actual artists designed.

One way to make easy is to have the right tools to work with.  One of those tools is a set of card sketches that you can easily browse through to get inspired when making a card.

I have a sketchbook full of card layouts that I’ve been adding to for over 10 years.  I finally decided to digitize them and create a Card Recipe Sketchbook that has all the measurements, so I don’t have to do any math when all I want to do is create.  I converted 24 of my sketches to a digital file so that I could create a product that I can share with other when I’m done.  Now I am working my way through those card recipes and creating card samples for each one to add to the file.

Today I want to share sketch number 2 with you. I will share sketch number one later in the week!

For each card recipe that I have made so far, I have created a card front sample that includes the measurements for my file album.  I can browse through my little album to select a layout for the card I want to create.  What a great starting point!  You easily have a layout plan with measurements to get started.

Let’s get started on today’s cards!

Card Measurements for Card Recipe #2:

Background layer: 4-1/8 x 5-3/8

Rectangle: 1-3/4 x 3″

Circle: 2-3/8″

Card Stample 1: (Made exactly like the card recipe layout.)

Card making made easy Stampin" up! Playful Ghosts

This card is a perfect model of what my card layout looks like!

Card Recipe:

  • Playful Ghosts stamp set
  • Background panel: Gorgeous Grape cut at 4 x 5-1/4″, stamped in Gorgeous Grape
  • Pumpkin Pie Rectangle cut at 1-3/4 x3″
  • Whisper White 2-3/8″ circle punch stamped in Memento black ink popped up on dimensionals.
  • Black twine wound and layered behind the circle with mini glue dots.
  • Pumpkin Pie enamel dots.
  • Whisper White card base cut at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″m scored and folded at 4-1/4″


Card Sample 2:  (This is a stepped-up version!)

Card making made easy stampin up golden greenery


Card Recipe:

  • Very Vanilla card base cut at 4-1/4 x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla background layer cut at 4 x 5-1/4″, embossed with the 3D Brick embossing folder
  • Old Olive and Metallic Gold card stock die cut with one of the Golden Greenery dies and tied together with twine
  • Golden Greenery die cut from the Metallic Specialty paper in the Golden Greenery Suite Bundle popped up on dimensionals and added on top of the tags
  • 2″ circle die cut from Very Vanilla with a stitched circle die from my stash
  • Sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow
  • Bell stamped from the Golden Greenery stamp set in Acorn and Early Espresso.  Attached with a dimensional to the top of the circle
  • Red enamel dots from the Golden Greenery bundle embellishments


Card Sample 3: (Stepped-up version using all the things!)

Card making made easy stampin up playful ghosts


Card Recipe:

  • Black background layer cut at 4-1/2 x 5-3/8″
  • Them Bones DSP cut at 4 x 5-1/4″ added as an extra layer
  • DSP cut with the Heartfelt Hexagon, cut in half and attached to the circle punch
  • 2″ circle punched from Lemon Lolly card stock and ink blended with Smokey Slate to create a cloudy moon effect
  • Playful Ghosts stamp set stamped in Memento ink and colored with Watercolor Pencils
  • Sentiment stamped in Memento and cut with 1″ circle punch
  • Black sparkle gems added to embellish
  • Ghost and sentiment are popped up with dimensionals


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