How To Digitally Design a Basic Card and a Free One

Welcome to hybrid Saturday with The Cherry On Top.

We've got a free hybrid for you, a free template and a tutorial on how to design a basic card template.

Using PSE11, I opened a new document, duplicated the background and used the cookie or shape cutter to form this light bulb.  Keep scrolling to see the rest and get all of this fun free stuff!




For any kind of card template or base if you will,  all you need to do is copy and paste a basic shape or form.  Here I designed this template lightbulb so that you could clip in all three different layers.  You could also crop off or delete the second layers if you want to use just one light bulb as an element for another project.


Look to my layers menu, on the right, select all of your layers you need to duplicate and copy.  Now, you've got two light bulbs in 6 different pieces. You can see that these are both too big for my background.  Click on all of the layers, except the background and shrink or enlarge to the size where they both fit on top of each other.  As you see with the high lighted blue, field, you need to select all of the layers of your second image and flip the layer vertically.


Now, you've got both light bulbs.  Line them up.  I overlapped quite a bit for this card template so that you will end up with a nice fold which will make your card more rigid. To get a super smooth finish, I suggest merging the layers when needed.  Look at the high lighted, blue layers to see to what I am referring.  Just the base has been merged.  This way both bulb bases will be exactly the same.  If you want them to be different, then don't merge the layers.  Once the layers are neatly merged you can choose to outline your template with a border.  The above image is a clearer example, but don't outline before you merge.



I used a typical, cheap printer paper and I don't recommend this for your card.  It would be fine for a tag.  Because the base is smaller than the top, it's better to have a more rigid paper for this project even if just slightly.

Delete the second layers for the second bulb and use just one bulb for a tag or any other project you may have in mind. I also cut off the black bottom because my card wasn't sitting with it, duh!  I did want to leave it though so you could still use the bulb as en embellishment.

I stole a heart from an Aimee Harrison Designs kit that hasn't been released yet.  That's what I get for trying to cut corners!  Hehehe...She's ok with it!  Hehehe...

Here's the actual card.  It's on the small side.  When folded in half it's just over 5 inches.  If you have the option to print larger, then you may want to consider it.


So, there you have it.  A cute card, a fun template to play with and the idea of how to make your own shaped cards.

We've got a bird house template next week you won't want to miss. 

See you then!

If you are looking for more cards, here are a few of ours.


We've got this great apron template that you can use as a card.  I even turned it into a mini album.  Check the link out by clicking on the image.

 free card template

Here's a nice card good for any occasion.

 free card


Here is one of my absolute favourite card templates.  You can use it to give a monetary gift or a gift card. I've designed three totally different cards.  Check out the template and the tutorial for these.

 free template
 free template
 free template

If you like our light bulb card, it's all yours!  Go to the top image, right click and save to your downloads.

That's a wrap!

Thanks for hanging out with The Cherry for Hybrid Saturday!

(All of our freebies are for Personal Use ONLY.  They are not to be resold or claimed as your own.)