4 New Card Sketches: Here Are The Measurements!

Do you like non-traditional colors for Christmas cards? I fell in love with this paper the minute I saw the new mini catalog in 2021. I wish I had purchased several packages, but with these measurements, I didn’t even use the whole package!

Also, I have been collecting card sketches that use easy measurements of Designer Series Paper in order to get more cards done for the Card Ministry. These four sketches resulted in five different card layouts and I was able to make 12 of everything.

CARD NUMBER 1: Cut one and a half sheets of DSP down to 3″ x 6″ for a total of 12 pieces

CARD NUMBER 2 Cut the rectangle 3″ x 4″ for a total of 12 pieces from one sheet of DSP, and then the silver foil strips are 1/2″ x 6″

CARD NUMBER 3: Cut the pink snowflake paper 2″ x 6″ for a total of 12 pieces from one sheet of DSP, and then the silver foil strips are 3/8″ x 6″

CARD NUMBER 4: This is the same as Card Number 1 using a sheet and a half of DSP

CARD NUMBER 5: Cut the holly printed paper 2″ x 6″ for a total of 12 pieces from one sheet of DSP, and then the silver foil strips are 1/4″ x 6″


The white card bases were all scored and cut, and then stamped inside with the sentiment. I stamped all the card bases first because I wanted to make sure I didn’t ruin a card after the front panel was attached! Thanks to Marilyn for the idea!!!

The card panels you see here were cut the usual 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and embossed with five different embossing folders. I love the added design feature of using an embossed panel, don’t you?

Next, attach your Designer Series Papers using liquid glue in miniscule amounts and not the entire strip. Attaching all the DSP was made very quick and easy using the Shims and the Stamparatus I taught you about in the BLOG POST HERE. Attach only the DSP and then take your panels back to the paper cutter and trim the panels down 1/8″ bottom and right side for a finished panel 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.

Yes, it’s worth it! Trimming the panel down after the DSP is attached means that you’re DSP fully covers the card base and you can just discard the wimpy little pieces that get cut off. Don’t tell me you’re going to keep those scraps!

After all the DSP is attached, and the card panel is trimmed, take them to your Stamparatus to position and attach your Snowflakes. See the photo below:

While attaching 60 snowflakes to 60 card panels my eyes really appreciated the guidance of the Stamparatus walls. I wanted to make sure all of them stayed within the margin of the folded card, and into envelopes without bending the delicate laser cut branches of these snowflakes. Trust me, you want to stock up on these snowflakes while you can and hoard them until next year and the year after that. NOT having to die cut pretty snowflakes is a big bonus this time of year.

Pop your sentiments up on two Stampin’ Dimensionals. If you used liquid glue to attach the snowflakes you might have made a bit of a smear that will never show because your sentiment covers it up.

Next, attaching these panels to the card bases using liquid glue made them repositionable to allow just the tiniest margin of white card base to show. What a dream! They turned out gorgeous!

These four sketches are going into my sketch book from Martin Stone. Martin is one of Stampin’ Up!’s Artisans and I love his approach to card construction and unusual color combinations. He created a kind of blank book for us to collect our card sketches with measurements, and it’s available on amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B7QR56YN?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

Leave me a comment and let me know whether you like these sketches, too. I love hearing from you!

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    1. Thank you, Becky! They had to be quick making 12 of everything so embossing a layer made them work. Plus, the Shims.