Another wonderful resource for card sketches and inspiration is the sketchbook at Here is a sketch that I am going to use today for a simple card using the Trusty Toolbox DSP. If you missed out on this Designer Series Paper, you can use the Trusty Tools bundle.

Sketch #32 from sketchbook

And the card.


Creating this card was pretty straightforward. I fussy cut lots of tools (SEE my last Trusty Tool post HERE) so I had quite a pile to select from for this card.

Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the background yellow DSP. I sanded down the edges with a block nail filer. TIP: Lay DSP flat and sand the surface gently along the edge.

Then grab your cut-out tools and layer them along the edge. TIP: Don’t throw away those partial cut-out tools. Use the partial cut-out to personalize the message insert or like the card above, hang it off the edge.

Heat emboss the sentiment from the Trusty Tools stamp set. in Black Embossing Powder on a 1/2″ strip of Poppy Parade cardstock. Attach the left edge of the sentiment strip to the ‘clamp’ and put Dimensionals behind the clamp and sentiment strip. You could make this a Mother’s Day card too. I know lots of mamas who build stuff. 😊

I added a few stamped nuts and bolts. But, to be honest, I liked it better without the stamped images. Oh well.

If you did not pick up some of the Trusty Toolbox DSP during Sale-a-bration, you can create this card using the Trusty Tools bundle. Stamp, color, and die-cut the images that you want to use.

Because I had all the tools already cut out, it took me 15 minutes to create this simple card using Trusty Toolbox DSP. I want to let you know that cards do not need to take hours of creating. Start with a sketch, map, layout, or any inspiration and let yourself be creative. You are really good at this. Trust eyes.


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