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Old 09-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #41
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I mostly make square cards as I became really comfortable with this shape/size - some are 5" x 5" or 6" x 6" - and I found it so easy to "balance" cards of this size with various embellishments and different layouts. I lean more towards the UK-style of cards - many of which are square. But recently I have been trying to use A2 sized cards (well, the Australian equivalent which has slightly different measurements) to challenge myself with this size and BOY, have I found it hard! It DOES seem so small in comparison to my square cards and I have really, really struggled with layouts and balancing everything so that I am happy - and at times it has done my head in and I have had to put the card aside in frustration! I really didn't think I would struggle so much but that's what a challenge is, isn't it?!
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:42 PM   #42
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I usually just make A2 sized cards, although occasionally I will make a larger or smaller one. I also rarely make my own card bases, as there are so many wonderful pre-made ones to buy.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:29 AM   #43
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I too make A-2 for all of the reasons above. Plus that's what I was taught on. And the square ones cost more to send in the mail and the smaller ones can't be sent. AND, most of the tutorials are for that size. And one more - you can make it horizontal or vertical. You can also cut the paper lengthwise so you have a smaller space to wrap ribbon or twine around. Nothing against other cards, and I applaud everyone's creativity; I just do what I know
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:47 AM   #44
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And now I know why the cards Betsy Wilson creates on her videos are so large!
I've made cards ranging from 3x3 to 8.5x5.5, but stick mostly with A2 or A6. I have to be honest, A2 is so much easier for me to design/decorate/embellish - white space still scares me a bit, although others do it beautifully!
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:49 AM   #45
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Here in uk there seems to be more variation in card sizes. I've made small square cards (4"), a6 (similar to US a2), 5" square, 6" square, 5"x7" and a5 (not sure what the equivalent is in the US but it's basically a piece of card folded in half - 8.25"x5.75" approx)

8"x8" cards are also popular over here but they do incur a higher rate of postage.

Our issue over here is more to do with the thickness of the card. To qualify for standard postage, nationally and internationally, it has to be 5mm thick or less (1/5"). That's difficult to achieve!
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:51 AM   #46
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I feel most comfortable with the 5 x 6.5" cards from HL. It's not difficult to fill up a card. You can add a lot of layers. And there's plenty of room for white space. Not every inch has be filled up.

I don't care if there is some waste. In the scheme of things, paper is pretty inexpensive. And all those scraps can be used in another project.
We just have to keep in mind that the pre-packs at the box stores are often not standard sizes-like this HL one mentioned. It doesnt really matter imho, just have to know-I was caught off guard at first and could not understand why the dims on demos were not working on my cards! I never understood why they do that!?

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A2 4.25 x 5.5
A6 4.5 x 6.25
A7 5 x 7
A8 5.25 x 7.875
A9 5.5 x 8.5 (an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet folded in half)
A10 5.57 x 9.25

So if you mess up the envelope you cant just switch out with a standard you have lying around. Well you could, but you know what I mean.

I know I am still struggling with CAS and a lot of white field...so for me, a smaller card is helpful right now.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:43 AM   #47
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Echoing what others have said, I like A2 because I can make two card bases out of one 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock. I actually love square cards too, but the postage is more in the US.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:38 AM   #48
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I have made A2 sized cards almost exclusively until this past year, when I had a request for larger cards so that the person could send photographs in with their cards. A2 is just slightly too small for the standard 4X6 picture that many people print out. So, I started working with 5X7. I have found that I can use more techniques that with the smaller A2 and have more flexibility with them, but I am not abandoning A2 completely. They are still more economical because of the ability to get two from 1 piece of paper.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:29 AM   #49
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To echo what many of you have said, I mainly make A2 cards also. And because you can get two cards from one sheet of cs, and many of the stamps lend themselves so well to that size. In the past several years I find myself making more and more A6 cards (4.5 x 6.25). Some of the larger stamps are perfect for this size, but too small for the A2. I love making square cards too, but hardly ever do unless I am hand delivering, because of the extra postage it requires. But I never thought to put in the larger 5x7 size envelope...................good idea, good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have made very few 5 x 7 cards as they seem SO huge and I have trouble making the design work. The other issue when making cards larger than A2, many embossing folders are not sized for larger cards. Some of the companies are finally making some folders larger to accommodate A6 cards at least. But in the end, it's all a matter of preference. Happy stamping everyone
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I make 99% A2. My second fav is 5.25 x 5.25. I order white envelope by the 4000 or 5000 so I always have what I need in these two sizes. Since I donate most of my cards I try to stick with sizes that I carry the clear envelopes for. My third fav is 6 x 6.
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The 5.25 x 5.25 size is nice, but you have to add extra postage to send it because it is a square. But to attach to gifts, that is a nice size because you can add a little more embellishments than the smaller cards.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:00 AM   #51
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Just to repeat what someone else on this thread has mentioned - you can mail your square cards in a rectangular envelope and avoid the extra postage charges

If you check out the card displays at stores, they include rectangular envelopes with their square cards; they glue together the extra section of envelope so that the card doesn't slide around in the envelope.

Some time back, Julie Ebersole had instructions on her blog for embellishing a regular A2 envelope to mail a 4.25" square card. She punched a shape out of the end of the envelope and slid in a piece of patterned paper that was glued on the edges and it was adorable.
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If embossing folders have a repeating pattern it is pretty easy line them up, I do it all the time. It just takes another pass or two.
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Some time back, Julie Ebersole had instructions on her blog for embellishing a regular A2 envelope to mail a 4.25" square card. She punched a shape out of the end of the envelope and slid in a piece of patterned paper that was glued on the edges and it was adorable.
I had never seen this done but LOVE this idea! I searched and found Julie's blog post describing this technique (for others like me who need visuals to understand the concept )


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And if you really want to branch out... how about a letter size card. You know the business envelope size - you can cut the flap off and use it as a layer. I've been thinking about this size for Christmas, will have to check if there are any funny postage costs especially for International.
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I usually make A2 cards for all the reasons already posted. But I recently had to do some wedding cards and I opted to go with 5x7 for those and I really enjoyed working with that size! Mainly because the money inside didn't have to be folded to fit Those envelopes aren't difficult to find, but since I have the envelope punch board, it wouldn't matter.

A few years back I had quite a parade of graduation cards to make, and I made those into long rectangles that fit into a #10 business envelope, again to make it easy to hold money. Sometimes it's just fun to play around with different sizes and dimensions.
What paper do you use to make you own envelopes? I have made some odd-ball sizes and larger cards in the past and have had trouble finding a nice paper to use. I did buy a roll of white that I like, but a roll is a pain to work with. I don't want decorative paper---just plain white or cream.
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I have been using an on-line store called Office Express, Inc for envelopes lately. They have every size imaginable (no, not the giant ones the UK favors lol) and in several different qualities of paper and most in a choice of colors. Price varies depending on the quantity. Our Staples does not carry many sizes, so this may be an option for those of you in a similar situation.
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A couple of online sources for envelopes...

People have mentioned they like The Paper Source:

Paper Source Stationery Stores | Wedding Invitations, Envelopes

they might be a bit expensive.

There is a place called The Paper Cut-they do packs for LS's so the store can put their own name on it. But you can order direct and I have seen them at conventions.

The Paper Cut

They have a gazillion types of pre-cut cards, weights, colors, envelopes, and usually stuff on good sales. My only complaint with them was at the show they didnt know the weight of the paper which I thought was very weird. But they were VERY nice people to talk to and really did try to help.
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This is a place I go to in person by me-I just realized they have an online site too...not as much as the store-they get a lot of discontinued lots of envelopes and stuff so you can get good deals in person. Also have a lot of variety in terms of sizes.

JAM Paper: Envelopes, Paper & Office Supplies in Every Color
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I started doing A7 cards but recently started making A2's. Making A2's was a good way to use up my small scraps.
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The other issue when making cards larger than A2, many embossing folders are not sized for larger cards. Some of the companies are finally making some folders larger to accommodate A6 cards at least.
Except when I almost exclusively make A2 sized cards and didn't realize that an embossing folder I bought was larger. It wouldn't be a big deal on a "background style" folder, but this folder has some type of border won't fit on my regular sized cards. I can't even remember what the folder is right now because I've never used it for that reason.
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