A great handmade card starts with a blank card base to add color, texture and embellishment. Here are a few of my beginning tips for card bases.
Get a Great Start with a Blank Card
You can buy pre-scored blank cards, with or without envelopes at many craft stores. In my local area I often find them at Joann and Walmart. These are available at other places as well.
The A2 card is a very popular size and is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. This is a great size for mailing too. It is also a great size when using the patterned paper stacks that are 6×6 inches.
Creating your own A2 size card bases is very easy.
Start with a piece of sturdy 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock. The 110# cardstock is a great choice. Using a sturdy cardstocck for your base will give you the most professional results. Investing in a package or two of cardstock to use for card bases will take you a long way in your beginning card making journey. I’ve also used white cardstock to cut images on my Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, and then used markers to color the images to add to my card. While you can use colors or kraft cardstock, I find myself most often using white and then layering my elements on it.
This is the cardstock that I use most often.**
Maybe you aren’t sure if you want to continue card making, but you want to try it. I find that Blitsy has some great deals on basic card bases with envelopes in the A2 size.
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Cutting your cardstock in half to make your card bases is made easier by the use of a good quality paper trimmer. If I was going to recommend any one tool to a beginning card maker, I would highly recommend some sort of paper cutter or trimmer. I will discuss this in a later post.
Cutting Guidelines for Your Card Bases
Cut your cardstock in half either vertically or horizontally. Fold each piece into a landscape or portrait card. You will now have two card bases for your handmade cards. Envelopes for your cards can often be purchased in craft supply stores or in the paper section of stores like Walmart or sometimes even printing shops.
Mailing your handmade cards
While the A2 card size is great for mailing. Be sure to check with your postmaster if you card is thick or has embellishments that you don’t want damaged. There may be an extra charge for mailing some handcrafted cards.
Now that you have made bases for your handcrafted cards, you’re ready to move on to stamping, decorating, and embellishing your cards.
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy creating for your home and family today!
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