Top Tip Tuesday – How to cut card bases and mats. When I was at OnStage Live last week, I realised that there are more than a few people who don’t fully understand how to cut and score basic card sizes. Some of my class attendees have struggled with this, but I assumed that Demonstrators would all know these basic skills. I was wrong, and it is absolutely fine that not everyone has grasped this. Time to see if I can help them, and perhaps you, to understand this.
I will be talking about International A4 card, but the same principles apply to North American Letter Size. The Metric paper size systems has more than one base line, bit I am only going to talk about the ‘A’ and ‘C’ systems. A applies to paper and card, C applies to envelopes.
A4 paper is 21 cm x 29.7 cm (I know, not the most helpful measurements). If you cut it in half along the 29.7 cm edge, you will have 2 pieces of A5 paper, cut those in half, again on the long edge, and you will have A6, this sequence continues as many times as you want. We are going to look at half sheets of A4 and how to handle those.
I have already mentioned that if you cut a piece of A4 in half on the long edge, you will get 2 sheets of A5, but for cards you need card with a crease in it to form an A6 Card base. There are 2 ways to address this and the video shows both. Ideally you want to score your card and then cut it to save time on the creasing. If you want your A6 card to be 2 sheets of A5 creased in the middle, then, starting with your A4 sheet, score the long edge at 10.5 cm and cut the short edge at 14.85 cm. This will give you, what I would call a ‘standard’ A6 base. BUT if you switch your cuts and scores, so you Score at 14.85 cm and cut at 10.5 cm you still get an A6 base.
A standard A6 card fits in a standard C6 Envelope. An A5 card fits in a a C5 envelope. It is that simple. And mats and layers are also that simple. If you want to cut a simple mat, just deduct the same amount from the 2 measurements. Your standard A6 card will measure 10.5 cm x 14.85 cm, so if you want a narrow margin between the edge of the mat and your card, simply deduct 0.5 from each, to leave you with 10 cm x 14.35 cm (you may want to make this 14.4 cm for easy maths!!). For more mat sizes, simple keep repeating the same deduction. I have included more measurements below, both in Imperial and Metric, including North American Letter sizes.
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For International A4 Card
Standard A6 Cardbase
First Mat – 5-5/8 x 3-7/8” (14.4 x 10cm)
Second Mat – 5-1/2 x 3-3/4” (14.2 x 9.8cm)
For Letter Sized Card (8-1/2 x 11″)
Standard Card Base (half sheet folded in half to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″)
First Mat – 4 x 5-1/4″
Second Mat – 5-1/8 x 3-7/8″
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