Southwest Card Design with Free File

This was the card I submitted for a local card swap earlier this summer. The theme was “Southwest” and living here in Arizona, the first things that always come to mind when I think of our beautiful desert life, are: saguaro cactus, rolling hills and mountains, clear blue skies, abundant sunshine, and American Indian art. So, I started designing in KNK Studio and created the card above.

Everything was cut from Bazzill cardstock with the exception of the rolling hills. I do have them in my design, but then decided to hand tear the tan cardstock instead of cutting those shapes. I inked along the torn edges and then also applied ink to the cactus and a little bit to the sun. The Indian border was all cut as one piece and applied as the top layer.

The background card is 4″ x 6″ and I used a sky blue Bazzill cardstock so that I wouldn’t need to apply a background sky.

If you would like the free cutting file, I’ve uploaded in three different formats:

Southwest Card in KNK Format

Southwest Card in MTC Format

Southwest Card in PDF Format

17 thoughts on “Southwest Card Design with Free File

  1. Very cool, love the way you highlighted the edges. Looks a good format for my upcoming trip to Arizona! Hmmmm, card layout, scrapbook page layout, cover for my itinerary……what to do, what to do…

  2. Great card, Sandy. Since I live here in Arizona too, this is definitely a card that I will be using. Thanks for the files.

  3. Love this card Sandy, very nice how you made the sand. And the frame that you used is terrific, I love it!!! Thanks for the files.

    • You’re welcome! I love living in the desert…although here in Tempe, we sort of forget we live in the desert since a lot of home owners do have grass and trees, including us.

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