Hello and welcome to Scrappy Sketches. There will be a new sketch every week to inspire your creativity for scrapbooking and cardmaking. I hope to encourage you to use your scrap stash in fabulously beautiful ways. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mid Week Sketch 51-12

The second last sketch of the year isn't for a layout... I thought it would be nice to share some card sketches with you for a change. You can adapt them for last minute Christmas cards, or use them for next year's birthday and other cards that you need. Use up some scraps and stash and have some creative fun. Cards are great for orphan flowers, scraps and strange bits and pieces that didn't get used elsewhere. No need to buy anything, it's all waiting for you in your stash. Use up odd strips of cardstock for the bases, too, or cut a pile of bases ready to go.

Do you know how to cut three 4x6 inch cards out of one sheet of 12x12 cardstock? 4x6 is useful because it's a perfect fit for a C6 envelope. My other favourite (especially if I don't have quite enough cardstock and want to get rid of it... um, I mean, use it ;-) ... is a 3 x 5 1/4 inch, which fits perfectly in an 11B envelope. Both these envelopes are standard sizes, making them Post Office Preferred and easy to find in the shops. Bonus.

OK, to cut a sheet of 12x12 into three cards: first cut a 4 inch strip off down one side, making one strip 4 x 12 inches. Then turn the remaining piece around and cut it in half, 6 inches wide, making two pieces 6 x 8 inches. Fold each of these pieces in half and you will have three 4 x 6 cards, each of which you can use upright or across.

To cut four 3 x 5 1/4 inch cards out of a piece of 12 x 12 inch cardstock, first cut the piece in half, making two 6 x 12 inch strips. Then cut each strip twice, 5 1/4 inches long, leaving you with four 6 x 5 1/4 pieces and two scraps 6 x 1 1/2 inches. Fold your pieces in half to make four cards 3 x 5 1/4 inches. (By the way, the two scraps can be added to the larger cards for accent pieces... )

And now the sketches :-) I hope you find them useful. Most of these are for 4x6 cards, but you can easily adapt them for the smaller version too.

You can change them to suit a girl or boy just by using different embellishments and papers - for instance the square card with cogs - replace the cogs with hearts or flowers and you have a girly card. Or the card with flags and flowers - replace the flowers with a chipboard car or something and you have a great boy card. Let your imagination sparkle :-)

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..


Lili Sulastri said...

Thanks for the tip.

Lizzyc said...

Hi..Thanks for all the lovely sketches you have provided this year, I love the card ones as I have just started making cards this year.. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

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