Choosing your card size

Ok, so you aren’t really sure what size you want your card to be.  That’s ok.  The truth is, there are plenty of sizes you can make your cards.  My favorite size for a card I’m making out of my own cardstock is 4.25×5.5.  That happens to be an A2 sized card (so I can buy my envelopes if I want)  and fits 2 to an 8.5×11 sheet of paper.  Below is a graphic of your basic card sizes.

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Here are some things to think about when choosing your card size:

  • The smallest sized card you can mail in the US is 3.5×5″.  The largest size you can mail is 6.125×11.5″.  (This is to mail it as a letter, as opposed to paying extra rates).
  • A 3×3 is a great addition to a gift or to leave as a note for someone.
  • Wedding invitations are usually sized A6, A7, or A9.  An invitation with an inner and outer envelope is usually A6 (using an A6 envelope for the inner, and an A7 for the outer).
  • My friend Sharon of Bringing Creativity to Life (who used to work at Paper Source!)  informed me that there is even a size A7.5 if you want to use an A7 for your inner invitation.  Thanks for the info Sharon!
  • Wedding RSVPS are often 4-bar sized.
  • If you are planning on making your own cards but buying envelopes, figure out what size envelope you are using first.
  • A2 is a great size to use for a basic greeting card, since you can get 2 per 8.5×11″ with no waste.
  • If you are making your own envelopes, feel free to be creative with the sizing!

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Ok, now that you’ve got an idea on sizes, which would you rather?

I want to buy my cards pre-cut and scored.

I’ve got the cardstock.  Show me how to make the base cards!

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I’m done with card sizes – show me the decorating!

Let’s just skip to the envelopes, ok?

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