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Cardstock Basics + How to Cut Card Base and Layers | Card Making For Beginners Series

Let’s talk cardstock basics + how to cut card base and layers and get all your questions answered! This is part 3 of my Card Making for Beginners series. 

Knowing cardstock basics is the 3rd essential item when making cards.  We have already talked about stamps, ink…and now on to cardstock!

I get asked all the time, “how do you make card bases?” or “How do I cut cardstock for cards?” Then there are the questions about the difference in Stampin’ Up!’s ‘regular’ whisper white cardstock vs. thick whisper white. Let’s chat about all of that today. 


Cardstock Basics: How to Cut Card Bases, Layers & More

This video is filled with cardstock cutting tips that will help all of you beginner card makers, and hopefully teach you something new if you have been paper crafting for awhile.  I throw out lots of numbers, and it may be confusing, but watch to the end as I think it will all come together and make sense.

Looking for other topics in this series?

  1. Visit the Complete Guide to Stamps + 9 Easy Cards | Card Making for Beginners  
  2. Visit the Complete Guide to Inks for Stamping | Card Making for Beginners


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Cardstock Basics: How To Cut a Full Sheet to Make 2 Card Bases

Most cards start using a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and cutting it in half to make 2 card bases.  You can either cut it the “long” (portrait paper view) way or the “short” way (landscape paper view).  Either way will still give you the same sized card and card front to design on; it’s just a matter of which direction you want your card to open (left to right, or open from the bottom).


Make sure to watch the video for my scoring trick!



Cardstock Basics: Cutting Templates For Layers

In the video I explain how to cut your layers 1/4″ or 1/8″ BIGGER or SMALLER to make the perfect card layers.  Quite awhile ago, I shared how you can make templates to help you figuring out what size layers to cut.  Check out my prior post to learn how to make them plus there is another video about cutting cardstock in the older post.  Maybe if today’s video confused you, watch that one to make sure you completely understand.  It’s really easy once you grab the concept.

How To Make Templates



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18 thoughts on “Cardstock Basics + How to Cut Card Base and Layers | Card Making For Beginners Series”

  1. WoW great idea to make templates!!!!
    I enjoyed the creative retreat this past weekend and really learned much. have all my directions in a folder.
    Thank you to you and your team for all the hard work you do for us and all the great ideas.
    so much appreaciated.

  2. Thanks so much for all your help! I’ve been making cards for just a year, but a scrapbooker for about 15 years. I really had issues with cutting the card base, but your video helped tremendously! Thanks

  3. Love the “beginners” series. You’ve cleared up my understanding of the Stampin Up paper weights. Always have been mathematically challenged, so the card base overview along with the idea of making blanks of various sizes will most likely be my next project.

  4. Hi Jackie! I always enjoy your videos but today I had a “wow” moment. I have been stamping for over 20 years and never ever thought to score my yardstick first to save a step. Thank you for your great tips!

  5. could you please do a video on only cutting in a certain area on the card stock with the kaizercraft trimmer or do you know where I could view this as I have look in y tube and printext thank you Joy

    • I’ll try to add this to a project sometime, thank you for the idea! As for watching a video on it now, I would recommend searching on Pinterest – tons of great tips and ideas by so many talented people there.


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