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Cardstock Cutting Sizes

Do you ever wonder about Cardstock Cutting Sizes?

Often at a card class, your Demonstrator will have determined the Cardstock Cutting Sizes and will have all of the cardstock cut for you.  While this system helps the class to proceed more quickly, it is more helpful if, for at least a few minutes, we discuss, and have a chance to try, the process of cutting the cardstock to get the most out of each sheet of cardstock.

These are the measurements I use for most of my cards:

Standard Sized Card:

Card base is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, side fold or top fold, will fit in a medium envelope
Cut 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half at 5-1/2″ on the 11″ side or at 4-1/4″ on the 8-1/2″ side

Layer 1 – 5-1/4″ x 4″
Layer 2 – 5″ x 3-3/4″
Layer 3 – 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
Layer 4 – 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″

As you can see, the layers are usually in 1/4″ increments and you can use as many or as few layers as you wish, but usually, 1 or 2 layers on the card base result in amazing results!  I find that I keep a chart, similar to this one, close to my paper cutter and I DO refer to it often!

Cardstock Cutting Sizes

Thanks to Josee Smuck, for sharing these cutting guides that will help you decide how to cut your cardstock to get the less waste:

Cardstock Cutting Guide 8.5×11

Cardstock Cutting Guide 12×12

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions for making the best use of our cardstock!

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