How to start a cardmaking day with your friends

POV: when you unpacked all your stuff at a craft event but doesn’t know where to start. 🤷‍♀️ Here’s the solution!

  • Type of project: Card
  • Occasion: Christmas
  • Style: classic
  • Techniques used: ink blending, die cutting, hot foiling, stamping, ink staining
  • Decoration: none
  • Main colour: red
  • Media used: distress oxide spray, distress ink, patterned paper, metallic cardstock
  • Equipment used: stamps, dies


I am blessed with many crafty friends with lots of ideas of how to get your creativity flowing. A couple of weeks ago my friend invited me and a few other crafty girls over for a day of cardmaking. And you know how it is; you brought all this stuff full of ideas, but when it’s time those ideas are nowhere to be found. This is when my friend says: I prepared a challenge!

First we draw a card sketch together with a hot foiled print, and a small piece of silver metallic cardstock from from her hand. Then she put a few stamps and dies at the center of the table and said: “Colors and papers are free to use hut you can only use these stamps and dies. You babe forty minutes to finish a card!”

This is the sketch I draw from her hand:

This really got my crafting mojo going and this is how it turned out:

After this it was easy. I got a whole bunch of Christmas cards done.  Here’s two of them:

We had so much fun! I recommend you try this method either for your self or together with your friends. It’s easy to find card sketches on internet. I often use Pinterest so search for them and pin those I like, just search for “card sketch”.  Pull some dies and stamps from your collection and maybe some left over pieces of paper or a decoration and get started. Have fun!