Hiya, Stampers! Seems lately I barely go a day without an email asking me to include the card size for my posts. I decided to address this in a post to hopefully answer a few of your questions. I am sorry for not posting the sizes of my card bases and dimensions of the layers. I'm trying to do better, but I know I'll still forget much (or most) of the time. Also, if I focus too much on measuring, I'm afraid this might start to feel like work (shudder). I did manage to remember to include the card size two posts in a row, then promptly forgot on the third one. I'll share a bit of what typically I do on most cards, since I seem to have so much trouble remembering to mention these things on most posts.
*The overwhelming majority of my card bases are A2 size, or 4 1/4 by 5 1/5 inches. (or 5 1/2 by 4 1/4). This size probably accounts for at least 90 - 95% of my cards.
*When I make a square card it is usually 4 1/4 inches square, although occasionally I have done 5 inches square and rarely 5 1/2 inches square.
*I always make top fold cards, for one reason and one reason only - they photograph better. Every time I give a top fold vertical card to a non stamper, they try to open it like a side fold card, but I can rest easy knowing I got a good photo.
*To make my card base, I cut an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet card stock in half, then score one piece in half. If it is a vertical card, I cut the sheet in half to create two pieces 4 1/4 by 11 inches, then score at 5 1/2 inches. If it is a horizontal card, I cut the sheet in half to create two pieces 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 and score at 4 1/4 inches.
*I always use Pure Luxury card stock and I always use a Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy to score my card base. Scoring your card base makes it so much easier to fold and the fold looks much crisper and cleaner. I learned from Gina to always run the tool at least two or three times to before folding to get the best score line. If you only score once, the fibers don't always stretch enough and you can get cracking on your fold. Gina did a great demonstration of how to score card bases at the beginning of this video.
When it comes to the size of my layers, things get a bit more complicated. If I am doing a large scene and filling up most of the card, I usually will start with a white layer that is 3 3/4 by 5 inches, or 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. Then to make a framing layer I just place the top layer of the bottom layer and place it in my trimmer and just eyeball it to trim. Other times I just grab a scrap and make it work. I also use my Nestabilities, so those determine the size of my layers. I am probably never going to post all the dimensions on all my cards, but I will make an effort to do it at least once a week.
Well, that was a lot of writing and not a single pretty picture. I'll be back tomorrow with a new card project. Thank you all for your wonderful support, friendship and comments. I so appreciate it and it is what truly inspires me.
Have a wonderful day!