Have you ever struggled with the proportions and layering on your cards? I had serious difficulty for the longest time. I was always remeasuring and re-cutting. Shave some off here I thought. Oops, now it’s too small. It’s rather like eating a cake. We just want to even up the exposed edge to make it nicer for the next person. LOL. Like that’s going to work! Anytime you would like me to demonstrate evening up cake edges just invite me over. This post is about those A-2 card layer measurements.
So, back to cards. Everyone and every trimmer cut differently. Here are a few things to remember
- Line up directly over your trimmer for the most accurate measurement.
- Make sure your paper is flat against the straight edge.
- Most trimmers have a fingerguard/paper clamp. Press down on paper clamp to prevent paper shifting.
- PRACTICE CUTTING on scraps and remeasure. You will get a feel for your trimmer – I PROMISE.
I put together a little chart with some basic measurements for an A-2 card. All the layers allow for a 1/8″ frame.
A-2 card measurements: (Use a bone folder to flatten the crease for a professional look)
- 4-1/4″ x 11″ with a scored crease at 5-1/2″ OR
- 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ with a scored crease at 4-1/4″
Now go forth and practice paper cutting and get to know your paper trimmer and eyes!
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