Cardstock Cutting Tips

Cardstock is the basic supply of papercrafters.  In the United States you will find it offered in  packs that are cut at standard  8 1/2” x 11”  or 12” x 12” sheet sizes. I prefer to use the smaller format for my cards because as you will see, it is easy to get two card bases from a piece of cardstock. Stampin’Up! cardstock is a nice weight, and the colors are rich.  

2 sizes of cardstock

When I am teaching folding skills to my preschool class, we talk about a “hamburger bun fold” and a “hot dog bun” fold.  If you fold your  cardstock in half, and then cut it into cards, you will save a folding step! 2 top folds

Try asking a child how many ways can they fold a piece of cardstock in half.  What would you guess? There are only two ways to fold your cards, but there are four ways to open your basic card.  2 side folds

The most important measurement to remember is that the front of  a standard card is H 5 1/2 “ x W 4 1/4” (portrait style) , or if you flip it, H 4 1/4 “ x W 5 1/2 inches, (landscape style)

I like to pre-cut my white cardstock and wait to cut my colored cardstock until I start a project.  Then I do cut my colored cardstock in half and reserve one half for accents on that project.   A paper trimmer will make your cuts quickly and accurately. If you are handy with rulers, pencils and exacto blades, that is another way to go for preparing your cardstock.

Trimmer, scorer, bone folder

You will quickly learn that layers add interest, and to cut layers you need to either do a little bit of math, or pre-cut some rectangle templates to help you visualize your layouts. You can easily do this with left over cardstock in a variety of colors. Here are my templates:

Here are my templates

A beginning papercrafter may find it helpful to have a variety pack of colored stock, as well as a packet of plain white cardstock to stamp images on.  If you get 20 sheets of cardstock in a packet, that is 40 card bases.  Packs of white cardstock have 40 sheets per package. You will likely use some white card stock to line your inner card, and to use as a layer on the front of your card, 

I use Avery 12 x 9 Job Ticket Holders to keep my colors organized.  they come 10 to a pack…perfect for sorting one of our Stampin’Up! Color Assortments.

avery job ticket holder

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