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Old 03-31-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hi, this is irishmom, I'm back on after many months. I have a question...my problem is how do you resize a card that you've seen on a tutorial or whatever to a bigger size card, ex. a 41/2 x 6 to a 5 1/2 x 7"? I would appreciate all help. Thank you
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Hi, this is irishmom, I'm back on after many months. I have a question...my problem is how do you resize a card that you've seen on a tutorial or whatever to a bigger size card, ex. a 41/2 x 6 to a 5 1/2 x 7"? I would appreciate all help. Thank you
Oops, didn't quite say this right....I mean, when you have parts and pieces to a card, like a mechanism or strips what have you, how do you get everything at the right size?
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It really depends on the card - sometimes it will be proportionate, and sometimes not. Is there a specific card you're looking at?
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I start with junk paper so I can adjust without feeling like I've cost any $$. I have a tendency to make the base the size I want and then I'll cut pieces that are bigger than what I need and keep cutting until I get it right. Not very scientific but it works for me. : )
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Depending on how much larger you want to make it, perhaps try just adding an extra background layer to each piece. An extra layer which is another 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger for each measurement (length and width) on each piece/strip might be enough if you are just going an inch bigger on the base card. That assumes that you don't mind the extra bulk, and of course it would no longer be an exact match of the original card.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:13 PM   #6
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There's got to be a mathematical answer to this. I dimly recall using something when I was advisor to my school's art/lit magazine to figure out how much to size things up or down:

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Don't know it this would help. Or if it's worth buying unless you do a lot of resizing.
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I have been using a proportion wheel for years to resize my cards. Works great!
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I cant tell you how to precisely re-size, but here are some suggestions in the meantime.

a) You mentioned sliders. If you are making the slider yourself then you just adjust the size of the slider you cut.

In this video, he is going to make one kind of a slider card and you will see you could just make the slider a bit longer; You will choose the appropriate size die to make the opening if you want. I dont think you have to change size, depending on your design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=XH1XOY3P0uI

b) If you are talking about using a pre-made die cut for sliders/spinners...there are some companies that give you multiple sizes with longer ones. Probably to use on the horizontal top fold orientation...but on a bigger card you could use it on the vertical orientation with a side fold.

Lawn Fawn has a set-look at the card samples-they are as I said-top fold the wide way...turn the card back to the vertical with the fold on the side to use those sliders. They are well known for doing sliding.

https://www.lawnfawn.com/products/slide-on-over

I hope that made sense.

You could also use an exacto knife or small nose scissor to extend the die cut on one end (pencil the extra amt to follow if freehand exacto worries you) if it has a curve, or just die cut again if straight. You dont have to go far. Maybe a half inch. In the link you see they dont go completely side to side.

Or you could use as is, and it just doesnt go as far. Maybe move it towards a side like LF and have a sentiment on the right.

c) Another choice is you dont resize. You put a frame on the card. 1/2" would take up a whole inch with both sides.

d) If you are talking about a sketch where there are pre-measured parts of paper...you dont HAVE to be in exact proportion. Sketches are made (imho) for people to personalize, they are just a guideline. So as long as you have "A" circle in the X corner, or "A" square over there...

Sometimes people dont even use that shape or size. They change it up-as long as they have a something in that location.

If you want to look like the sketch...this is not precise, but a down and dirty way...
If you have dies sets or punches with ascending sizes of circles, squares, etc. Cut them out. Keep them in a baggie marked resizing or whatever.

Then take your card and play with the sizes till you see one that you feel fits the bill by eyeballing it. If you want to be more precise...if the sample card has a element that is 2/3 the way down a side, then you just put yours 2/3 the way down your side instead having the element itself resized precisely.

e) Or as said, if you layer the elements even with just a 1/8 border but you have multiple items, the total may take up the difference for you.

Or lastly, if your sketch gives you the sizes, add an 1/8 or a 1/4 to what they have.

These ideas should help keep you proportional to the bigger card. Hope something there helps.
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How does the proportion wheel work? TIA

My biggest challenge in switching up from an A2 sized card to an A7 is that 1) many of my stamps are perfect for an A2 card and figuring out what works and what doesn't in the larger space took some trial and error. 2) embossing folders. Lots of ways to get them to work in a larger space, but again ... a little bit of creative thinking and playing around to get there.
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I used mine for resizing entire images for page layout, and just threw the idea out there, not sure if it would work.

But blueheron says she uses one for exactly your purpose. I'd love to hear how she uses it myself.
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Here's how I use my proportion wheel--

If I know the size of the original card (the sketch or card I want to copy), I find the length or width of it on the inner wheel and line it up with the size that I want it to be on the outer wheel. Leave the wheel at that setting. Then for elements on the card (die cuts, layers, frames, stripes, etc.) you can measure what size the original element is, look for it on the inner wheel (having left the wheel at the same setting it was was from above). Look right above that on the outer wheel and that is the size it needs to be in order to be proportional to your re-sized card.

An example. Original card is 4 1/4"x 4 1/4" square. I want to do it as a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". I line up the 4 1/4" marker on the INNER wheel with the 5 1/2" marker on the OUTER WHEEL. Now let's say there is a rectangle on the original card that is 2 1/4" x 3 1/8". Without turning the wheel, I find the 2 1/4" marker on the INNER wheel--and look directly above it on the OUTER wheel to see that it should re-size to 2 7/8". I then find the 3 1/8" on the inner wheel and look above it to see I should resize that to 4". (Sometimes the marker for the re-size may be 1/16 off, but I see no need to be THAT exact).

Keep in mind that some card sizes are not directly proportional. In other words, a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card front is NOT in the same ratio as a 5" x 7" card, so on the proportion wheel, a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card front would re-size to a 5" x 6 1/2" card front. If it is important to you to keep the card front at 5" x 7", you could always put a frame around your design or a layer behind it that is 1/4" wider on the top and bottom to take it up to a full 7". You get the idea.

It is not always EXACT, but close enough to make it work. There is also a little window on the wheel that tells you how much larger or smaller your proposed re-size would be of the original in percentage (in other words, a 5" x 6 1/2" card would be 130% of the size of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card) which could help if you want to use a photocopier to enlarge a stamped image.

Hope this wasn't too confusing and that it helps.
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Here's how I use my proportion wheel--

If I know the size of the original card (the sketch or card I want to copy), I find the length or width of it on the inner wheel and line it up with the size that I want it to be on the outer wheel. Leave the wheel at that setting. Then for elements on the card (die cuts, layers, frames, stripes, etc.) you can measure what size the original element is, look for it on the inner wheel (having left the wheel at the same setting it was was from above). Look right above that on the outer wheel and that is the size it needs to be in order to be proportional to your re-sized card.

An example. Original card is 4 1/4"x 4 1/4" square. I want to do it as a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". I line up the 4 1/4" marker on the INNER wheel with the 5 1/2" marker on the OUTER WHEEL. Now let's say there is a rectangle on the original card that is 2 1/4" x 3 1/8". Without turning the wheel, I find the 2 1/4" marker on the INNER wheel--and look directly above it on the OUTER wheel to see that it should re-size to 2 7/8". I then find the 3 1/8" on the inner wheel and look above it to see I should resize that to 4". (Sometimes the marker for the re-size may be 1/16 off, but I see no need to be THAT exact).

Keep in mind that some card sizes are not directly proportional. In other words, a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card front is NOT in the same ratio as a 5" x 7" card, so on the proportion wheel, a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card front would re-size to a 5" x 6 1/2" card front. If it is important to you to keep the card front at 5" x 7", you could always put a frame around your design or a layer behind it that is 1/4" wider on the top and bottom to take it up to a full 7". You get the idea.

It is not always EXACT, but close enough to make it work. There is also a little window on the wheel that tells you how much larger or smaller your proposed re-size would be of the original in percentage (in other words, a 5" x 6 1/2" card would be 130% of the size of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card) which could help if you want to use a photocopier to enlarge a stamped image.

Hope this wasn't too confusing and that it helps.
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That was very clear to me. It might not be as obvious to someone who has never held a proportion wheel in their hands, but if they print your explanation off and then get one, it should be very clear to them as well. Nice job!
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alternatively you can wing it like I do lol! not always fail proof and can be extremely frustrating!

I will have to look into this whole proportion wheel thing and follow Blueheron's instructions which sound way less frustrating then my 'winging' it technique

On further investigation there are some websites with Proportion tools that might also help...not used them, but they may work


http://www.staplesart.com/tools/propscale190809.html


http://www.universalprinting.com/calculator.aspx
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This is a calculator intended for scrapbooking, but I don't see why it wouldn't work for card making as well. Very easy--just input the numbers, and it does the math for you! Scrapbook Layout Size Calculator | May/June 2012 | Creating Keepsakes. Hope this helps!
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Oh my dear, my head is spinning!! I'm so glad y'all are mathematical whizzes!!
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LOL I usually just ask our son, who is a Mathematician!
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Jukie and papercrafter40-- what you found on-line looks like it has brought the proportion wheel into the digital age. I admit I have had my proportion wheel for over 30 years (and no, I WON'T tell you how old I was when I got it).

It's fast and free on-line. I'd say it would be great to use those. The only advantage I think the proportion wheel has is that you don't have to keep going on-line to plug in different numbers. Once you have the wheel set for a particular card, you can just keep referring to it to re-size your different elements. Oh, and on the proportion wheel, you don't have to convert fractions of an inch to decimals like you do on-line. But I may give the on-line proportion calculators a try!

For what it is worth, math is NOT one of my strengths--that's why I need tools to help. But thanks, Bugga, for the compliment.
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If you look at the bottom of some tutorials here at SCS there are alternate measurements for different sizes.
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blueheron-I think it sounds very clear and doable. Thank you!
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If I'm doing a sketch challenge and want to, for example, change a sketch for a square card into an A2 format, I copy and paste the sketch graphic into a Microsoft Word document, and then resize the graphic into a 4.25" x 5.5" rectangle. Then I print it out. I can lay out cardstock pieces, stamps, embellishments, etc. on the print out to get a feel for what sizes I need and what images will fill the spaces. Sometimes I need to do a little photo editing before copying and pasting to Word to crop off excess white space from around the graphic.

I don't tend to make cards with sliders or other mechanisms.
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