Sunday, March 4, 2012

"101 Creative Card Sketches" ebook review

Whether you are a new or an experienced card maker we have used card sketches for inspiration at some point or the other. It would be great if one could have a lot of sketches at their disposal at any time. Whenever you are out of ideas you would just have to refer to the sketch database and use it as a starting point. The book “101Creative Card Sketches” by Gloria Pouch provides just that. It is a database of 101 card sketches, and perfect for those times when you are hit by the crafter’s block and do not know where to start.
Gloria starts off with explaining different elements that go into making a handmade card, like the card stock base, background, the focal image, embellishments etc. This information will prove extremely helpful to novice card makers. This section is followed by an explanation about how card sketches act as a starting point in card making. Subsequently she explains how the same sketch has multiple uses, it can not only be used to make cards but also things like gift tags, magnetic photo frames, scrapbook layouts, bookmarks etc. The next section is divided into 5 subsections, each of these subsections feature sketch layouts for a specific card size.
Horizontal card Sketches - features sketches for 5” x 7” sized cards.
Vertical Card Sketches – features sketches for 7” x 5” sized cards.
Square card Sketches – features sketches for 5” x 5” sized cards.
Long Horizontal and Vertical Card Sketches – features sketches for 3.75” x 8.5” sized cards.
Surprise Card Sketch – features one surprise sketch
The last section features a summary of all the sketches for quick reference.
The book also features 25 cards designed using the sketches from the book, together with step by step instructions to make the cards. Some designs show you how the same sketch can be used in 2 totally different ways. These card sketches give you great ideas on how to take a sketch and use it for different products and occasions. 
Personally I would have liked it if there were more cards designs based on the sketches, preferably atleast one design for each card sketch, possibly even more. Nonetheless I would recommend this book to all card makers, as sometimes it is better to use your creativity and not be biased by other sketch interpretations. It is perfect for all levels of card makers. You can purchase this ebook online at It is priced at $17.00 and you also get 3 free ebooks - Envelope Making Guide + 6 Patterns!, Adhesive Guide for Card Makers, 17 Money Saving Tips for Card Makers along with the book. Order your copy today, you will not be disappointed, it is a resource you'll turn to time and time again.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself making cards based on a few sketches from the book.


  1. Thanks for this review.Looks like a great buy and your cards ...all of them are gorgeous

  2. Nice review. Do you think the book is better to use rather than just being able to look up sketches online?


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