A useful card making guide to paper and card sizes

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There are so many different card blank and card/paper sizes it can be a bit confusing, so I thought I would write a small guide providing some useful information, giving appropriate sizes and names of single pieces of card/paper, and card blanks, together with some popular envelope sizes, with the aim of making your next card making project a little easier to begin with.

Card and Paper

Card and paper are normally referred to by ‘A’ sizes, the higher the number the smaller the piece of card is. So A1 would be the largest and A7 the smallest. The most common size used in card making is A4, and all the sizes below are compared to this.



Millimetres Inches
A1 8x the size of A4 840×594 33.1×23.4
A2 4x the size of A4 594×420 23.4×16.5
A3 2x the size of A4 420×297 16.5×11.7
A4 Full sheet 297×210 11.7×8.3
A5 ½ the size of A4 210×148 8.3×5.8
A6 ¼ the size of A4 148×105 5.8×4.1
A7 1/8 the size of A4 105×74 4.1×2.9

A Series Paper Sizes Chart - A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8

Card Blank Sizes


Size of card needed Folded size (mm) Folded size (inches)
A4 card blank A3 folded in half 297×210 11.7×8.3
A5 card blank A4 folded in half 210×148 8.3×5.8
A6 card blank A5 folded in half 148×105 5.8×4.1
A7 card blank A6 folded in half 105×74 4.1×2.9

 

Envelopes

This is a C4 (324x229mm) size envelope, one of the most common envelopes. It can hold a sheet of unfolded A4 paper.

This is a C5 (229x162mm) size envelope. It can hold a piece of A4 paper folded in half once or a piece of unfolded A5.

This is a C6 (114x162mm) size envelope. It can hold a piece of A4 paper folded into quarters, an A5 piece of paper folded in half once or a piece of unfolded A6.

This is a DL (110x220mm) size envelope.it can hold a A4 piece of paper folded into thirds or an A5 piece of paper folded once, this style of envelope is most commonly used in business.

Be sure to visit the Craft room for all your card making paper and card supplies

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