01 February 2021

Basic A2 Layout Design for Stamped Image

If there was a contest for the most boring blog post cover photo, this one would surely be a contender! However, there is not, at least as far as I know, and this post isn't about being pretty. It is about being informational. 

I belong to several cardmaking groups, and the one thing I see over and over is that beginners struggle with getting started. They are often frustrated because they cannot achieve those phenomenal Pinterest and YouTube results they see showcased. Newbies seem to forget that we all have to start at the beginning. Therefore, I thought I would share today a simple design template.

This month I will be using this layout to feature some of my favorite stamps from Santoro. I love the Gorjuss girls, and this back-to-basics format makes these pretty little stamps the focal point. 

To get started, you will need:

- An A2 base. An A2 card is a 4.25" x 5.5" size. Therefore, the cut size is 8.5" x 5.5".  

- You have the option of either (4) patterned cardstock pieces or (4) white cardstock pieces to use with a background stamp cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". I will be using one of my favorite background stamps this month.

- You will need a solid colored piece of cardstock that will be used as a mat cut at 3 1/8" x 4 3/8". 

- For the stamped image, you will need one piece of white cardstock cut at 2 13/16" x 4 1/8". 

- Finally, for the tag line, cut one coordinating colored piece of cardstock at 2 7/16" x 3/8". 

If you really want to make things easy for yourself, you can set up a cut file in Design Studio. To be honest, I rarely use my cut file. It is just as simple to measure and cut it out on the cutter. 

This is a simple 5-layer design: solid colored base, pattern piece, a solid colored mat, the stamped image, and the banner. 

That ends today's lesson. For the rest of this month, I will be using this technique for my cards to help you gain both confidence and inspiration. 

I look forward to seeing you next week. 

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