Monday, December 22, 2008

How to Cut Cardstock

Happy Monday to you all!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrrr ..... it's chilly outside --- does it put you in the mood for Christmas! You know, my husband is from Minnesota and my sister lives in New York and they are well versed in the "White Christmas" routine! I do wish we could enjoy the "White Christmas", but then when I hear my sister talk about having to dig out of their driveway yesterday morning so they could come down to visit, I appreciate the no snow!!!! My sister and her husband arrived safely yesterday to spend the holiday with us. Oh, and my husband doesn't have to go back to work until Jan. 5. Now, I have to go to work shortly .. boo hoo!! I'm just trying to get some sympathy here .. he he .. is it working??? (I shouldn't complain though -- I only have to work today and tomorrow!!)

Opps, sorry, I just remembered the topic for this blog post which is cutting cardstock! I get so easily distracted, now don't I??? Okay, I'll get back on track!!

As a demonstrator, baby, I can cut some cardstock!!! I could probably do it in my sleep. However, I do remember when I first started stamping, cutting cardstock was such a chore! I absolutely dreaded it. I love going to shows where the cardstock was already cut and wished that someone would cut my cardstock for me! Well, my demonstrator at the time, Gail, told me something that has helped me for years. She told me to remember one-quarter inch! That's the secret. This is the key for layering cardstock! For example, you stamped your image on a piece of cardstock and then trimmed it to say, 2" x 3". You want to place a layer underneath that. All you do is add one quarter inch to each measurement, so the bottom layer will be 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". You want another layer underneath that? That layer would be 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".

Now, working in the opposite direction, you want to place a piece of cardstock on top of a piece of cardstock which measures 3" x 4". You would cut your cardstock to 2-3/4" x 3-3/4". See how this works?

What is the basic size of a card? It is half of a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock. You can either cut it vertically or horizontally, because when you fold it in half, it will measure 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Let me give you some basic measurements . . .

Folded card bottom: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Layer 1: 4" x 5-1/4"
Layer 2: 3-3/4" x 5"

Notice the quarter inch decrease in the measurements? I hope this helps you in cutting your cardstock and if you are sitting there saying, oh great .. now she tells me AFTER I've done my holiday cards, I'm sorry -- you'll be ahead of the game for next year!

Enjoy your day and practice cutting some cardstock!!! You'll be a pro in no time.

1 comment:

Christie said...

Where is my flip video on this subject????? =)