International Card Size and North American Card Size Explained (I hope!) Are you as confused as me by the different paper sizes in North America and pretty much the rest of the world? There are even some sizes that share a name!! I can assure you that you would not want to make a card from A2 card in the UK, it would be huge, but in North America, it would, I believe, be a sensible size (or is it an envelope??)
I will start just by saying that if you use International size card, you will probably use A4 more than any other size. In North America you would use Letter size, and these two sizes are not that far off being the same. But the difference is where things start to go wrong.
A4 card is 210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches (can I just say I HATE decimal places being used with inches!!), whereas Letter size is 8-1/2 x 11″. So, Letter size is shorter and fatter than International A4. Most ‘standard’ cards in North America seem to be made from half a sheet of Letter, so, once folded, they are 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″. The equivalent for those using A4 would also be half a sheet and, once folded, would be called A6. So let me explain that.
The International A system works on a very simple system. If you take a piece of A card and fold it in half along the long edge, the folded size would be one number up from the unfolded card. So, fold a piece of A4 card in half on the long edge and you get an A5 card. Fold a piece of A5 card in half along the long edge and you get A6. The envelope sizes work in a similar way, but instead of A, you use C. so, for an A6 card, you would want a C6 envelope.
Now, when it comes to North America I can’t find a lot of useful information, but it appears that and A7 envelope would take a card that, when folded, is 5 x 7″, or A2. Please let me know if that is correct!! As I said, I have tried to find some definitive information on this, but with no luck.
If we go back to International A series paper, the largest size would generally be A0, cut in half becomes A1, cut in half becomes A2, cut in half becomes A3, cut in half becomes A4 etc. But I understand there is no general sizing for North American Letter card cut in the same way. PLEASE let me know if I am wrong.
I hope that helped unravel some, if not all, of the mystery!
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