Card Measurements and Layering

 I have a lot of people who ask "what size" when making cards. I have decided to put my favorite size, even though there are so many, into this page.  I have also included the mat or layer sizes for each card. Although this is intended for beginners.. it can be nice for others as well. 

Before we get started here are a few terms you will want to become familiar with:

  • Card Base – This is your blank folded piece of paper that will hold your design
  • Layers or Mats –  these are pieces of paper cut slightly smaller than the card base or front.  You can add as many layers to a card as you like.
  • Focal Point – The part of the card you want to draw attention to, like your stamped image.

Average Card

This is your standard A2 card size

Take one 8 ½” x 11” sheet of card stock and cut in half at either 5 1/2 or the long way at 4 1/4, you will have two pieces measuring either 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 or 11 x 4 1/4 - I tend to like the 11 x 4 1/4 because they stand a little easier.  Take 1 of these pieces and fold it in half. This is your card base.  Measurements for the other layers are below. I like to go with at least 1/4 to 1/8 for all my layers that will go on top of the card. You can also use Dies. These layers will also work no matter which way you cut your card base

Layer 1 – 5 ¼” x 4”
Layer 2 – 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3 – 4 ¾” x 3 ½”
Layer 4 – 4 ½” x 3 ¼”

Try omitting a layer or tilting it slightly off-center for added effect.


Square Card

You can use several different sizes if you wish. My favorite one is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 but a lot of people do like the 6 x 6 cards. These cards are great for large images or cards for scenes. 

To get the card base for a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card, you will cut your 8 1 /2 x 11 cardstock down on the 8 1/2 inch side to 5 1/2 - you will only have to cut it that one time and fold it in half for your card base since 5 1/2 + 5 1/2 is 11 so you don't have to cut but once...isn't that nifty! 

The layers would be: 

Layer 1 - 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
Layer 2 - 5 x 5
Layer 3 - 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
Layer 4 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2

For the 6 x 6 cards, you will need a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. I know not everyone has that laying around but I do like to make them occasionally. You will just need to simply cut a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock in half at 6 one time. That will give you 2 pieces. Go ahead and fold that in half for your card base. 

The layers would be: 

Layer 1 - 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
Layer 2 - 5 1/2 x 5 1/2
Layer 3 - 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
Layer 4 - 5 1/8 x 5 1/8


There are actually many different card sizes and shapes. Here are some that I have found. I have not used all of them but some look very fun! The layers would be just like above, every 1/4 inch, and if you want a smaller border every 1/8 inch. 

A1 Cards - 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 card base
A2 Cards - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base
A6 Cards - 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 card base
A7 Cards - 5 1/8 x 7 card base
A7.5 Cards - 5 3/8 x 7 1/4 card base
A9 Cards - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 card base