Card Making Basics

Are you new to card making? Here are some quick and easy tips to get you started.

Create a Card Base:

No need to buy blank card bases. Creating your own is super easy and cost effective. You can create two standard A2 (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) card bases out of a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ cardstock.

  1. Cut the sheet of cardstock in half  at  5 1/2″
  2. Score each of your cut pieces in half at 4 1/4″ and fold with the bump the score created on the inside.
  3. You now have two standard A2 sized cards measuring 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″

TIP:  I like to use 100# or 110# cardstock for my card bases. It folds nicely when scored and is sturdy enough to hold layers and embellishments.

Adding Designer Paper and a Mat Layer:

Almost all of my cards have a mat layer and what I consider a “design layer”.  The design layer is actually where I design the front of my card. I will usually start with either a piece of patterned paper or white cardstock depending on what look I am going for.  For the mat layer, I choose a piece of cardstock that coordinates with the colors I am using in my card.

Measurements for Cutting Designer Paper and Mat:

Cardstock Mat
• 5 1/4″ x 4″
Designer Paper
• 5″ x 3 3/4″

TIP:  If you have trouble getting started with your cards, I find it helpful to pick a piece of designer paper, mat it with cardstock, and attach it to the card base. Then you can finish it off by adding a sentiment and embellishments. Having the designer paper applied to my card base, eliminates the “blank canvas” effect…the inability to get started, for fear of ruining that pristine surface.


Happy Crafting!