A card sketch is made up of three very basic components: matting paper, designer paper, and embellishments. Matting paper is typically, but not always, cardstock, and is used to frame the designer paper to make it pop. Matting paper is typically, but not always, cardstock, and is used to frame the designer paper to make it pop. Designer paper is available in many different brands, colors, and sizes and will be the most crucial part in the design of your card. The focal image, ribbons, buttons, brads, or "embellishments", you choose to use for your card are often based on the theme of your designer paper.
Below is a list of websites that offer free sketches and/or sketch challenges.
- Splitcoast Stampers
Splitcoast Stampers is one of the largest paper craft communities you will find on the web. Besides the endless resources they provide, Splitcoast offers a weekly card sketch challenge each Wednesday in which hundreds of card markers participate.
Taylored Expressions Blog
- Taylored Expressions
At the Taylored Expressions blog, you will find dozens and dozens of paper craft creation ideas and card sketches. Taylored Expressions also hosts a card sketch challenge each Friday in which many card makers participate.
Mojo Monday Blog
- Mojo Monday - The Blog
Mojo Monday is a blog completely dedicated to card sketches and sketch challenges. Each monday, a new challenge is given to those who wish to participate, and a winner is announced on the following Tuesday.
Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog
Card Patterns Weekly Sketch blog offers many different free card sketches for any skill level. They also host a sketch challenge every Friday.
Inspirational Card Sketches Blog
- Inspirational Card Sketches
Inspirational Card Sketches offers many different card sketches as well as a weekly sketch challenge every Tuesday.
Card Challenges & More Blog
- Card Challenges & More
Another wonderful resource for card sketch templates. Card Challenges and More also hosts weekly sketch challenges.
Two Peas in a Bucket
- The Best Scrapbooking Supplies On The Web - Two Peas in a Bucket
Two Peas in a Bucket offers many different card sketches. They also provide message boards for paper crafters, tutorials and resources for projects, weekly challenges, and more.
Oz-some Stamps Blog
- Oz-somestamps: Card Sketches
Oz-some stamps: Card Sketches is a blog that offers many card sketches, as well as weekly challenges, project tutorials and more.
2 Sketches 4 U
- 2 Sketches 4 You
This blog has a lot of unique, card sketches and also features a weekly sketch challenge
Sugar Pea Designs
Operation Write Home
- Verve Stamps
Verve stamps have great sketches with weekly challenges and a monthly sketch and color challenge. This is one of the blogs I have followed for the longest due to the inspiration I get from their sketches and gallery.