Greeting card designs are layouts of how you want your cards to turn out. In other words, no matter what greeting card formats you pick, it’s always a great idea to put together greeting card sketches or road-maps to guide your greeting card art endeavors.
In truth, greeting card design layouts are too numerous to list. There are even books available just on greeting card sketches alone. However, this page will show you some examples and possible card outcomes. Feel free to download the card making designs and layouts. They’re all free!
It’s important to mention that, sometimes, sketches may not be enough to give the needed visual perspective. When that happens, it may help to take it to the next level by transforming the designs into greeting card prototypes.
Nonetheless, if you’re using card making instructions to make your own greeting card, it’s safe to assume that the original card creator already took all that into consideration. This means, you probably do not have to create a sketch in such a case.
The first thing you’ll realize from all the examples is that the card
designs are just series of lines, curves, boxes, and circles. This shows
that you too can come up with your own original designs.
The other thing you’ll notice is that the designs are just guidelines. This means you don't have to draw the sketches to scale unless you want to. It also means you can create various types of cards from just one design...
...And you should.
An example that drives home this guideline point is this Mothers Day card with tulips.
For this card’s sketch, shown below, the tulip flowers did not start out as tulip silhouettes. Instead, they started out as circles for placeholders.
Finally, you’ll see that, when circles and rectangles have holes, they become windows.
For example, the four windows design below for this thinking of you card with the cat in a window is actually a four boxes design where the boxes are cut out.
You can also call it a single window with crosshairs design.
Here are a few of the countless examples and possibilities. Please note that the card making designs are free and their links open in new windows.
This six boxes design opens in a new window.
This two rectangles and one square design opens in a new window.
This linkage boxes or windows design opens in a new window.
This triple squares design opens in a new window.
This cross-hairs design opens in a new window.
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At this point, hope it’s obvious that creating greeting card sketches can help you better plan how to use your greeting card art to embellish whatever card formats you choose.
Therefore, if you’ve never created or used card making designs and layouts, I hope you’ll start doing so now. As already shown, the possibilities are endless!