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Old 05-24-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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I've noticed alot of square cards being posted in the gallery. Does anyone no what size these are and the best way not to waste paper? Envelopes to match?
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I just picked up some USPS approved clear envelopes from Stampendous that fit up to 5.5"x5.5". I have not used them for that (yet), but have sent out 4.25"x5.5" cards. They have a white finish on one side, so you can write on it (I use sticky labels) and the other is crystal clear. It seals with a sticky strip (remove cover) that just folds over... I always get positive comments about my cards when I take them to the PO!
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I make 4 1/4 square and put them in regular A2 envelopes. That way there's no extra postage charge!

I also like making 5 1/2" square ones if I need some extra room. I order the medium square envelopes from SU.
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for gift cards I use the small SU square envelopes and make 3 x 3 cards
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I make square cards all the time. What size I make depends on whether or not I am handing the person the card or if I am mailing it.

I do have to say that I mostly make the 4 1/2" square cards. I absolutely love square cards. To me they are nice and easy for balancing out your design. I have a lot of square card samples posted on my blog if you are interested in checking them out at www.learntostampandscrap.com.

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I have done 5 x 5 and used my enveloper to make the envelope to match
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I make 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square...I usually buy the prepackaged card and envelope combo's (come in white cardstock and black) at J's made by DCWV, with a coupon they are very reasonable. It is worth the extra .20 that I have to pay in postage to mail...envelopes that don't match the size of the cards just make me crazy (@nal, I know)!
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It is worth the extra .20 that I have to pay in postage to mail...envelopes that don't match the size of the cards just make me crazy (@nal, I know)!

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I make square cards all the time. What size I make depends on whether or not I am handing the person the card or if I am mailing it.

I do have to say that I mostly make the 4 1/2" square cards. I absolutely love square cards. To me they are nice and easy for balancing out your design. I have a lot of square card samples posted on my blog if you are interested in checking them out at www.learntostampandscrap.com.

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I love making 5x5 cards. I just use a 5x7 envie to mail them in- no extra postage required.
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I want my envelopes to match the size of my cards. I think they look less homemade ( even though they are).
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for some reason i've never ventured out of the standard size card, i guess i think "oh i can get 2 cards out of one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock." i do believe it is time to venture out of the box!
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I make square cards all the time. What size I make depends on whether or not I am handing the person the card or if I am mailing it.

I do have to say that I mostly make the 4 1/2" square cards. I absolutely love square cards. To me they are nice and easy for balancing out your design. I have a lot of square card samples posted on my blog if you are interested in checking them out at www.learntostampandscrap.com.

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What size envelopes do you use Lynn for your 4 1/2 square cards and does it require extra postage? Thank you.
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When I make my 4 1/2" square cards, I still use the medium sized envelopes - they are 5 3/4 x 4 3/8" so they don't require extra postage. I just really like the square cards and think that they are adorable. Something different to play around with as well)

Thanks so those who commented on my blog. I really appreciate your kind words!

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When I make my 4 1/2" square cards, I still use the medium sized envelopes - they are 5 3/4 x 4 3/8" so they don't require extra postage. I just really like the square cards and think that they are adorable. Something different to play around with as well)

Thanks so those who commented on my blog. I really appreciate your kind words!

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Thanks for the info Lynn. Love your Blog. Those popsickle cards are great!!!
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Mine are usually 51/2 x 5 1/2, although I did get some 5" ones at Christmas. For card blanks I make up myself I have an envelope template that will do both those sizes, and luckily we don't have the issue with square envelopes costing more. Personally I find anything smaller than 5" hard to work with .
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I buy 51/2 X 51/2 envelopes from the office supply store and then make my cards 51/4 X 51/4, this way they fit perfectly.
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I want my envelopes to match the size of my cards. I think they look less homemade ( even though they are).
Here's some suggestions to mimic some "store bought" cards that I've received. I add a strip of designer paper on each end and seal it off with some DST or redline tape.
I also got one that had a decorative punch on the extra end. Like 3 flowers lined up in a row in the left side. It was really cute. Just an idea.

If you can a single square card envie in the size you like, take it apart and trace it to make a template. Then you can make decorative envelopes to match.
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Last time I went to the post office they told me the square card postage has changed. I used to go by the 20 cent rule but they now say the way they calculate it has changed. I didn't have one at the time so I'm not sure what it has gone up to, has anyone mailed any since the price increase earlier this month?
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I make square cards all the time. What size I make depends on whether or not I am handing the person the card or if I am mailing it.

I do have to say that I mostly make the 4 1/2" square cards. I absolutely love square cards. To me they are nice and easy for balancing out your design. I have a lot of square card samples posted on my blog if you are interested in checking them out at www.learntostampandscrap.com.

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LOVE your blog - added it to my favorites folder! I like making 4 1/4" square cards (I can make two out of one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, with a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip left over for embellishing...) All of the cards I made for the "Cow Parade" inspiration challenge were that size. They're in my gallery and on my blog, and there are a few others that size, as well. I've never had to mail any of them, so I'm afraid I can't be helpful there... The cards on my blog are here:

http://randomonpurpose.typepad.com/r...e-moo-too.html

Scroll down to see all four (snoop around the rest of the blog, too, if you'd like...)

Or they're in my gallery here:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=78493

The "Prints Pack Dahlia" and "Simple Little Circles" are 4 1/4" square, also.

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I've actually purchased a card at a store (before I learned to make my own!) and it was a square card with a larger envelope. The "extra" was glued shut. Personally, I'm too cheap to do anything bigger than a 4 1/4 square. I can't bring myself to use a whole piece of CS on one card! I also hoard my DP! @nal in a different way!
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http://randomonpurpose.typepad.com/r...e-moo-too.html

Scroll down to see all four (snoop around the rest of the blog, too, if you'd like...)
I just checked the link and realized that it goes to the last post of the "cow" cards only - you have to arrow back to the others (sorry!)
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3x3 - Envelopes from SU

4.25x4.25 - Envelopes from A Muse which are 4.5 square (If sending it through the mail, I use a standard A2 envelope.

5.25x5.25 - Envelopes from SU (5.5 square)

I also like to make cards that are 6x3.5 that fit in a standard stationary letter sized envelope.

The 1st two can be economical on cardstock. The 2nd two are not... meaning you can't get 2 or more cards out of an 8.5x11 sheet of cs.
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Help! Square Envelope Templates Just to help out, I remembered seeing this thread about square envelopes and thought you all might want it. Now I am inspired to once again do some square or faux square cards. Even did a post on my blog about these. It's short and easy to do.
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I looked everywhere to be able to give the credit for this idea and I'm so glad I found it because Patty is AWEsome! You can get 4 4inch square cards out of one piece of 12x12 paper (then they'd still fit in A2 envies to use steubner's great postage saving idea):

http://pattystamps.typepad.com/patty...-4x4-card.html

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Glad I saw this. I was going to do 4.25 X 4.25 square cards for my next camp, but I think I will do 4x4. Here is a link to JulieHRR's technique for keeping the square cards snug on the regular envelope...

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I've used the 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 size too, to take advantage of the A2 envy. If you want to use up some of that extra room in the envelope you can add a punched image like I did on this graduation card!

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So... I just finished these stinkin' cute 4x4 cards... and I got out my ScorPal and made 4.25x4.25 envies for them...

THEN I see on the USPS page that the minimum square envelope size is 5x5.

Crapola.
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So... I just finished these stinkin' cute 4x4 cards... and I got out my ScorPal and made 4.25x4.25 envies for them...

THEN I see on the USPS page that the minimum square envelope size is 5x5.

Crapola.

Uh oh. I had no idea.
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Since I came from the "scrapping world" all of my cardstock is 12x12 so if I want a larger square card I make 6x6 and then use the square envelopes form Prism. Although, many times I don't mail them so I don't use envelopes. Greensneakers.com has a lot of envelope templates, as does CTMH. I use several sizes of those as well...can't think of the sizes off the top of my head. I believe the one from green sneakers is either 5.5 or 5.25 square.
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Yep, the only square ones I work with are 3x3, 4.25 sq. and 5.5 square, although the 5.5 square ones are less often.
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