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Old 12-04-2014, 05:36 AM   #1
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Question Elongated Card Sizes?

I know the common card sizes, A2, A7, and so on, but are there commonly used dimensions for long and narrow cards? There are lots of possibilities when you have the envelope punch board to provide an appropriate envelope, but I know there must be certain dimensions that are preferred. Making a card that would fit a legal size envelope would be too extreme, for instance.

Don't want to carry a ruler around a greeting card aisle noting down measurements!
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One of our thoughtful members, HobbySue, put together a wonderful list of measurements for common card sizes and envelopes.

Here is her list, which is in the Downloads forum:

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Thanks for sharing that, Bugga. I missed it the first time around.
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Why would a legal envelope card be too extreme? I was seriously thinking about next year's Christmas cards being Legal Envelope size...
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I make cards that fit the legal envelope size (#10), and I love them. Not a lot of them, but I always make one or two for Christmas. I just finished my Christmas cards. 60 of them & each and everyone is different. Now I can relax for a bit.
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The best thing about #10 envelopes is no extra postage!
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Why would a legal envelope card be too extreme? I was seriously thinking about next year's Christmas cards being Legal Envelope size...
Any time I come across a challenge for a "tall" or "skinny" card (and sometimes just because), I make one that will fit in a legal envelope - usually 3 1/2" x 8", which leaves some wiggle room. I'm going to be making quite a few this season, as I scored some beautiful holly envelopes and some solid red envelopes, all legal size. I may keep some of the red ones for Valentine's Day, as well...
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Any time I come across a challenge for a "tall" or "skinny" card (and sometimes just because), I make one that will fit in a legal envelope - usually 3 1/2" x 8", which leaves some wiggle room. I'm going to be making quite a few this season, as I scored some beautiful holly envelopes and some solid red envelopes, all legal size. I may keep some of the red ones for Valentine's Day, as well...
I know people get hung up on getting two cards out of a sheet of cardstock but honestly cutting cardstock down is an opportunity to create embellishments and layers and play with techniques on that cardstock. It's all good!
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I must admit I tried making a card for a legal envelope only once; it was made very close to the measurements of the envelope and didn't look 'right' to me at all. Maybe I will try out some dimensions that are an inch or so shorter than the length. It would be nice to use the colorful legal envelopes I have picked up at garage sales and office supply store sales; they're just wasting space right now.
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I know people get hung up on getting two cards out of a sheet of cardstock but honestly cutting cardstock down is an opportunity to create embellishments and layers and play with techniques on that cardstock. It's all good!
The "leftovers" are also good for lunch box notes, scraplings, and other small cards - which are some of my favorites!
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One of the cards I've made for a #10 envelope is a faux door. I've made windows, and a wreath, etc. And those underused brads make really cute door knobs.
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A while back, my friends and I bought 500 envelopes to fit 3 x 6 cards. We have a lot of 12 x 12 cardstock to use, and we can get 4 cards from each sheet. I still manage to put one or two layers on the front.
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I must admit I tried making a card for a legal envelope only once; it was made very close to the measurements of the envelope and didn't look 'right' to me at all. Maybe I will try out some dimensions that are an inch or so shorter than the length. It would be nice to use the colorful legal envelopes I have picked up at garage sales and office supply store sales; they're just wasting space right now.
I agree that this IS a challenging size, design-wise. Looking back on my successful attempts with size of card, I reverted to the standard design guideline of dividing the space into thirds, horizontally and vertically. Then I planned important elements of the card to hit those lines & cross-sections. It really did make a difference in how eye-appealing the result was.

I'm sure others have their special tricks for making this card-size work. I'm open for suggestions!
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I agree that this IS a challenging size, design-wise. Looking back on my successful attempts with size of card, I reverted to the standard design guideline of dividing the space into thirds, horizontally and vertically. Then I planned important elements of the card to hit those lines & cross-sections. It really did make a difference in how eye-appealing the result was.

I'm sure others have their special tricks for making this card-size work. I'm open for suggestions!
that reminds me of a cardmaker whose style I loved and never could seem to replicate, then I realized, at the time, she only made really small square cards- like 4 in square. I tend to choose my card size and work with my stamps whereas I presume she chooses her design and then the size that suits the design. Once I realized that it became a lot easier to work with what I am comfortable with.

as for long cards - probably a long scene or long sentiment or a CAS focus with plenty of white space.
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