one sketch/3 cards…

Day 3 of the CheckerberryLane Blog Birthday Celebration! and I have a One Sketch/3 Cards post to share…

I found this sketch in my issue of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters Vol. 1 and was inspired to create a few different cards using a variety of A Muse|Studio products and colors…

sketch by Kim Hughes; Card Ideas for Paper Crafters (PaperCrafts Publication)

When I see a sketch like this and I feel inspired, the first thing I do is take out a note pad and start working up some ideas based off the sketch. I think of  stamp sets I could use and then I picture the color combinations and embellishments…

I like to sketch out my ideas before I create them. It helps me to figure out which stamp sets would work, which color combinations would look good based on the coordinating embellishments and patterned papers I have on hand, and it helps me to figure out which sentiment I will be using to finish off the design.

These are the designs I came up with, based on the sketch from Card Ideas for PaperCrafters…

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The assembly of these cards is pretty straight forward but what I WILL do is give you a more detailed look at each card and indicate the color combination and stamp sets used to create each. If you have any questions I would be very happy to answer so just leave any questions in the comments!

The one element featured in each card is the scallop border. I used the Scallop Border dies from A|S. These come in a set of three, one of each size –small, medium and large for $24.95. I love these and highly recommend them if you have a hand-crank die cutting machine. They really are a fun and easy way to add a border detail that can change the whole look of your design and with three different sizes it’s triple the fun!

Stamp sets:  Marvelous Marigolds and Essential Sentiments

Colors used:  lido ink, solid card stock and venetian pattern, onyx cardstock & 5/8” satin ribbon, sugar cardstock, sage ink, black Memento ink for the sentiment

Notes:  I used a circle die to cut the circle shape of card stock and random stamped the marigold and leaf images. I sliced off a bit of the circle before mounting it to the base card.

Stamp set:  Hey Cupcake

Colors used:  wheat (base card), cherry polka dot card stock and cherry ink for sentiment, sugar card stock for label shape and scallop border, bermuda 5/8” satin ribbon

Notes: I used my lipstick red Copic marker to color in a small paper flower before layering it to a larger one and then finishing it off with a pearl sticker. Though it’s hard to see in the photo, I used my Score Board to score lines into the base card creating raised stripes to give the card a little texture. A subtle detail that adds interest.

Stamp sets:  Beautiful Botanicals & Friend to Friend

Colors used: fern (base card) and ink, vanilla card stock, lichen cardstock, heather card stock, black Memento ink for the sentiment

Notes: I used the butterfly trio die set to cut the butterflies—the larger in heather, the smaller in shell and then layered them together with a glue dot and embellished with pearl stickers. I used my corner-rounder to round the top corners of my card base and panel.

An inspiring sketch is a launching pad for creativity! As you look through your A Muse|Studio catalog and any other card publications you have or websites you enjoy – like–jot down card designs that are pleasing to you. Even a simple sketch might help you when you come down with a case of “stampers block”.


GIVEAWAY!: If you would like a chance to win the three cards featured in this post, please leave a comment!
Winners will be announced in a post on 7/9/2012.


  1. Nice job Kris – another inspiration.

  2. I like the idea of using a sketch pad first to decide on what stamps, colors and the actual design. I often try to come up with something in my head but that doesn’t work for me. I’ll try your idea.

  3. Oh Kristine, these are wonderful and the template such a gift. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  4. I love how you used the same sketch but each card is so unique and creative! Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. Thank you for taking us through your sketch process! Love the cards.

  6. great cards! I love how you interpreted the sketch and then made your own. I need to get some grid paper and try doing some better card sketching. I sometimes draw out ideas on scratch paper but they’re pretty loose sketches and often change a lot on paper. I like learning about your design process.