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Learn How to Cut Card Stock

Part of learning how to make handmade cards, is learning how to cut your card stock. You need to know how to cut your card bases, as well as what sizes to use for the layers. I have some simple cutting tips to share with you so that you can learn how to cut card stock the easy way and be successful with your layering.

We are focusing on what I call “regular sized cards” that are made from a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock for the card base. You certainly can make other sized cards as well, but this is the most common so once you learn how to cut card stock for this sized card you can venture out and make other sizes too.


Once you have made your card base, you will have a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ area to design the front of your card on. That is when the fun and the magic happens. You will need to decide if you are going to add additional layers, and if so, what size to make them. There really is no right or wrong size, it is what is appealing to you and what you like.

But I know deciding can be hard, so I have some standard sizes that I use all the time and it will make it easy for you to cut your card stock and make layers. I even share in the video how I made templates to help me and

VIDEO TUTORIAL – Learn How To Cut Card Stock For Cards

In the video I show you how to score your card stock, cut it for 2 card bases, and how to determine what size layers to cut for your card front. Keep scrolling down for all the template measurements so that you can make this handy dandy cutting tool.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to what size layers you use on your card. I am just sharing my “general rule of thumb” that I use. This is especially helpful for beginning card makers. The more you learn and venture out to designing your own cards, the more you will try and play around with different layering sizes.

1st Things 1st – How to Make a Card Base

The first thing you need to learn how to cut card stock for cards is to make your card base. Simply take an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock and cut it in half in either direction–now you have 2 card bases. Either direction you cut your card stock you will get the same size “card front” to create on; it’s only a matter of whether you want your card in ‘portrait mode’ or ‘landscape mode’.


Score Once, Cut Once = 2 Card Bases

I am always looking for ways to make things easier and more efficient. Most often when I am making cards, I do at least 2 of the same at the same time. Scoring your card stock first, then cutting it, you easily have 2 card bases!


You can either score the LONG way, and cut the SHORT, or vice versa. Both ways will give you the same size CARD FRONT when it’s folded in half- 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

How to Cut Layers for Your Cards

Now that we have cut the card base, how do you determine which size to cut your layers? Honestly, there is no right or wrong way. It boils down to personal preference and the design of your card. This is another important part of card making – you need to learn how to cut card stock for your card layers.

Most of the cards I make use the same basic measurements because I like the look of an equal border all the way around. This is not a “rule,” it’s just the look that I like and it makes it easy to decide what size to cut my layers.

To help with layering sizes, I created a set of templates with my basic sizes that I use often. In the video I show these templates, how I use them, and how to make your own to help you.

Card Layering Template Sizes

  • 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (card front size)
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • 4 5/8″ x 3 3/8″
  • 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • 4 3/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • 4 1/4″ x 3″

Don’t like cutting in eighths? No problem, just use the quarters. Remember, cut for the look that you like. I hope you found this “learn how to cut card stock for cards” guide and video tutorial helpful. Remember, there is no right sizes, but if you start with these basic size layers, you will be trying new things on your own in no time!

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36 thoughts on “Learn How to Cut Card Stock”

  1. Thanks, Jackie. It’s always a good day when I can learn something new. Thanks, too, for the list of dimensions for layering. It’s a keeper!

  2. Thank you. Your cards always look so clean and crisp and I think it is probably because of your attention to the layers.

  3. Excellent video! I’ve been stamping for years and a demo for 6 years. Thank you for all the measurements! I am measuring challenged lol I also cut a bunch of pieces to put on the inside of the cards. I did white, cream and black (for layering) and keep them safe in the old clam cases that used to house my wood stamps. Each color gets it’s own case. Works great! Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you so much Jackie. The card cutting measurements are extremely helpful. I love your tips and enjoy your videos 💖

  5. Jackie,
    It’s usually the simple stuff we need the help on. Great tutorial!! Breaks it down into simple basics. I plan on taking an hour tomorrow and just cutting paper for cards so I’ll be set to go!
    Thank you. I always enjoy your videos.

  6. Jackie – I like the small black layer you use on your cards. It seems to help many of the card designs just pop & look so lovely. I think it frames them very nicely so that they show as the feature on the card. Thanks for sharing this video.I am sure there is lots of newer card makers that can use this beneficial information to help them. Then for some of us older card makers it is always nice to have a refresher on the layers. Thank you for sharing 👏👏💕

  7. The layering sizes are invaluable! I put the layering card templates on two separate rings: one 1/4″ and the other 1/8″sizes. I also have the layering sizes taped on the bottom section of my paper trimmer. Thanks, Jackie!

  8. Thanks Jackie for the video and the layering sizes. This is very helpful for me ! I always learn from your informative videos and ideas !

  9. You did a good job of presenting something a little tricky but after understanding the basic concept of 1/8 or 1/4 it is very easy…just basic math.

    You give a lot of information with gratis templates and “recipes” that we can print and/or file. Thank you for being willing to share.

  10. I watch all your videos and I have to say this measurements is my favorite…I especially loved knowing when you fold the card which way to close it. Now I know the ridge goes on the inside. That was my favorite hint. Thank you for giving us your help.

  11. Thanks for the great info. I plan on making the set of templates. I just need to figure which one you cut in black card stock before I start.

  12. Thank you for the layering sizes and template idea. Going to do that and label them like you did. I’m always fussing and checking sizes. This will take the fussing away. Think I will do a lot of pre-cuts for card bases and inside layer of cards. Great time saver for making lots of cards at a time. Been a long-time stamper… since 1998!! Always glad for easy tips along the way.

  13. Thank you for this tutorial. I’ve been stamping for about seven years and now I’m going to show a friend the basics. This set is a great way to show her the basics.

  14. Jackie you are the best demonstrator I have seen. You give the best directions and layering sizes. I absolutely love all your video’s as I am new to this and you make it so easy to understand. Love your fun folds especially.

  15. Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    The measuring can get frustrating but you simplified it beautifully!
    I’m brand new to card making and this was very helpful.

  16. I cannot thank you enough for all the great information, tips and hacks you’ve offered in these videos for beginners. I purchased many things before I had a clue, and had no idea how to get going with it all. My friend gave me your website and said, “She can get ya going”. She was right!
    Your videos are clear, with concrete directions for getting it done. They are easy to understand and fun to watch.
    So thank you for all your help!

    • Thank you SO much for this comment! My goal is to make it easy for everyone, and I know there is so much product and information out there that it can be overwhelming! It’s so nice to receive feedback like this. And I’m always here if you have any questions!


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