New to cardmaking? Everything you need to know!
This is the first in a series of blog posts to get you started – or, if you already make cards, this will be a resource for some of those questions you might still have! Each post includes a video with time stamps so you can quickly find what you are looking for.
Tips for cutting card bases
First, let’s make the card bases. A full sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock will make two standard size card bases.
It doesn’t matter which way you cut it. Each card base is half a sheet of cardstock, scored in half and folded. Your card will be either in “portrait mode” or “landscape mode” but, when folded, they are both the same size.
*Did you know that if you score your cardstock in half before you cut, the fold line will already be there for you!
Then rotate your cardstock and cut! Its that easy. (The Paper Trimmer has both a scoring blade and a cutting blade so you are all set.)
This will make a portrait fold. To make a landscape fold, just change the scoring and cutting lines.
Then rotate and cut.
Both the portrait fold and the landscape fold will measure 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when closed.
Adding layers to your cards
How do you determine what size to cut the layers for your cards? If you keep in mind the fraction 1/4″ this will be easy.
Your basic card, when folded, measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
If you want the layers to have equal borders all around, these are the different sizes of layers you will choose from.
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 (card base size)
4 x 5-1/4
3-3/4 x 5
3-1/2 x 4-3/4
3-1/4 x 4-1/2
3 x 4-1/4
2-3/4 x 4
2-1/2 x 3-3/4
2 x 3-1/2
Create your own set of card layers with the measurements written right on the different pieces.
Now the fun begins.
Start with the focal point of the card. If that will be a stamped image, use that to find the size you want to use. From there, you can play with a variety of layers to create the look you want.
For example, on this card I chose a 2-3/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White cardstock to put the flower on.
From there, I chose the next size up (3″ x 4-1/4″) to add as a layer and then added this to the card base for a quick and easy card.
The second card uses a 1/8″ larger layer so it measures 2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″. Its easy to change any of the measurements to this when you want a very small border. I love the way this looks, but it does require more careful cutting.
Easy Tips for Cutting Cardstock for Your Cards
Did you find anything here you didn’t know before?
Do you have some questions about cardmaking you would like me to address?
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