Thursday, February 18, 2021

Paper Chart Reference and Cutting Card Bases Diagrams

Hurray! You've made the decision to add Papercrafting to your list of hobbies. 
You've started to think about what to purchase first from yesterday's post. 

Becoming knowledgeable about the types of paper in the Stampin' Up! world is a must. I put together this reference chart for you to know how each paper can be used. In basic terms, the weight of each paper refers to it's thickness and sturdiness, not what one package of paper weighs. Thank goodness that's not the case, because postage would be cost prohibitive. LOL!

Please note that Stampin' Up! sells dyed cardstock, meaning when you tear the cardstock it is the same color throughout. That's a very good thing! 

When you purchase cardstock from the big box craft stores, sometimes those papers have a white core when you tear it. That's not so good for die-hard papercrafters. We love solid colored core paper!

The quality of Stampin' Up! paper is excellent, because you don't have to worry about ever having to deal with any white peeking through when you cut it to size, EVER!


After you purchase your Stampin' Up! cardstock, you'll need to know how to cut it correctly with your new Paper Trimmer to make card bases for your cardmaking.

There are two ways to cut cardstock into basic card bases. Two card bases can be made from one sheet of 8-1/2” x 11”  “letter size” cardstock. You can fold the card by hand and crease using your fingernail, or you can use a scoring board

with stylus to create the indentation, then align the edges, fold and crease with a bone folder.

By cutting the sheet of cardstock in half, then folding in half again you have created a card base. This folded quarter sheet look is called an A2 size.

 “Portrait” cards, stand 4-1/4” wide by 5-1/2” tall. The fold can either be on the left side (opens like a book) or at the top (stands like a tent.)

 “Landscape” cards, stand 5-1/2” wide by 4-1/4” tall. The fold can either be on the left side (opens like a book) or at the top (stands like a tent.)


For both diagrams below:

Red Line is cutting line.

Dashed Line is scoring and folding line.
This cutting diagram above makes portrait/book cards, or landscape/tent cards.  

This cutting diagram makes portrait/tent cards, or landscape/book cards.


I hope by providing this information it will be helpful to your papercrafting journey.
Come back tomorrow to learn about proper stamping procedures, so you'll be successful (practically) every time!

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