Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Getting the most from 12 x 12


In My Cardmaking Process- part two, I showed you how I get four 5 x 7 cuts from 12 x 12 inch paper. Today, I'll show you that same process for A2 size (aka Invitation or note card). I make this size card about 75% of the time.
This time 5 1/2 is going to be the magic number and it doesn't matter if your paper isn't true 12 x 12. Start by trimming the paper to 9 3/4" square.

Step 1: Take your 9 3/4 inch square and line it up at 5 1/2 inch mark.
Start the blade at 5 1/2 inch mark and cut by bringing it back to 0.

Step 2 .Turn the paper one quarter turn to the right and repeat. (Start blade at the 5 1/2 inch mark and cut by bringing it back to 0.) Set aside the first piece.

Step 3. Quarter turn to the right repeat (Start blade at the 5 1/2 inch mark and cut by bringing it back to 0.) Remove second piece.

Step 4. Quarter turn again to the right and repeat.( Start blade at the 5 1/2 inch mark and cut by bringing it back to 0.) Remove all.
Truth is, you can still probably get 4 pieces of this size card almost anyway you cut a 12 x 12. The difference is you'll have more sizable scraps.

1 comment:

Kathy W said...

Jackie, just found your site and found this entry extremely helpful. I bought some 12 X 12 thinking it would be more flexible in case I used it for scrapbooking instead of cardmaking, but I was wondering how to "get the most" out of the paper. Thanks for the tutorial. I added you to my favorites so I can come back when I have more time and check out your other tutorials. Happy stamping!