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. 

UPDATE:2/4/2020 Here is a downloadable file for the Proportional Layering of A2 and 3×3 cards.

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″
Stampin’ Up! is currently working on a paper trimmer to revolutionize paper trimming for cards and scrapbooks. I will keep you posted on the expected delivery date. 

Now go forth and practice paper cutting and get to know your paper trimmer and eyes!

HELPFUL TIP: Cut stacks of the top 3 measurements in your Basic Black, Whisper White and Very Vanilla. I find that this speeds up my card making which leaves me more time to experiment.

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