Sunday, October 31, 2010

How to get the most out of your card stock

I'm a card maker.  AND I love to save money.  So, when I'm making cards, I like to be really efficient with my paper.  So here's how I make the most of my card stock when making card bases.

A "standard" size card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (finished size).  This is the card size that you would get if you took a regular 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper and cut it in half to make 2 pieces that are 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  Then you fold that in half to make the finished card base.

I usually make my cards a little smaller -  4" x 5 1/2"...I figure that no one will miss the 1/4".

I start with a 12x12 piece of white card stock.  I cut off a 4" strip, so the paper is now 12" x 8".  Then I take the 12" x 8" piece and cut an inch off the bottom to make it 11" x 8".  THEN I cut it in half to make the paper 5 1/2" x 8".  When you fold it in half you get your finished card base.

Yes, the base is now a finished size of 4" x 5 1/2" instead of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  BUT I have a scrap piece that is 4" x 12".  A 4" wide scrap is big enough to make another card.  I usually make 4" x 4" cards, but you could also make a 4" x 5 1/2" card folded sideways.

The envelope size for this "standard" size envelope is called "A-2."  I think you can get A-2 envelopes in bulk (like a box of 250) at the big office supply stores.  I like to get mine at Xpedx, because it's super cheap.



Oh wow...this is a great idea. I never thought about doing this. That one quarter inch sometimes bothers me but I never thought about just cutting it off!

Lisa Sargent

I guess I'm just incredibly cheap! I mean, frugal... :)