Card Bases and Layers, Updated

Click here for the Cutting Plans and measurements for layers including 1/8″ increments.

Scraps? What scraps? I don’t have scraps, I have card bases and layers ready and waiting.

The basic card bases are 1/2 sheet of card stock, folded in half, resulting in a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card that fits in our medium envelopes. That gives you four options depending on which way you cut the card stock and which direction you put the fold. The vast majority of cards are one of the four. Add one more fold and you can make z-fold cards (Lots of Lavender, Star of Night, or Sharing Sweet Thoughts) or easel cards (Jar of Love or Bear Hugs). And of course, any of these cards can have any number and arrangements of layers. I think if you scroll my projects, you’ll recognize these basic cards. One of my most popular posts and YouTube videos has been my Basic Card Bases and Layers. I did that 4 years ago and I thought it was time to update it.

The video and detailed directions show how to cut your card stock and have them ready for creating a card in minutes. You can even have your local office supply store cut a stack of card stock for just a few dollars. These resources are perfect for not only card bases and layers, but they’re also just right for cutting pieces with the Big Shot.

I cut all scraps down to the basic layers and store each color in pouches. I didn’t explain in the video where I got the pouches. I cut my heavy duty recloseable bags down to 4 1/2″ high. (I think you could use quart-size freezer bags.) I added a piece of card stock, 6 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ and trimmed that down with the Envelope Punch Board to make file tabs. I have room for all the Stampin’ Up! colors in two photo boxes and there’s even room for envelopes in the boxes. Yes, I do keep full-size sheets on hand as well. Sometimes you just need larger sheets.

More organization means more time for crafting!

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6 thoughts on “Card Bases and Layers, Updated

  1. Verna

    I have seen measurements for layers by reducing each layer by 1/4 inch, but never seen a list by 1/8 inch. Do you have one for that? I appreciate you helpful videos so much. I am measurements challenged ;)

    1. BevAdamsStamps Post author

      Well, Verna, at least you are able to measure in eighths. Some people have difficulty with that. here’s your 1/8″ list.
      1. 5⅜” x 4⅛”
      2. 5¼” x 4”
      3. 5⅛” x 3⅞”
      4. 5” x 3¾”
      5. 4⅞” x 3⅝”
      6. 4¾” x 3½”
      7. 4⅝” x 3⅜”
      8. 4½” x 3¼”
      9. 4⅜” x 3⅛”
      10. 4¼” x 3”
      11. 4⅛” x 2⅞”
      12. 4” x 2¾”
      13. 3⅞” x 2⅝”
      14. 3¾” x 2½”
      15. 3⅝” 2⅜”
      16. 3½” x 2¼”
      17. 3⅜” X 2⅛”
      18. 3¼” x 2”
      19. 3⅛” x 1⅞”
      20. 3” x 1¾”
      21. 2⅞” x 1⅝”
      22. 2⅞” x 1⅝”
      23. 2¾” x 1½”
      24. 2⅝” x 1⅜”
      25. 2½” x 1¼”
      26. 2⅜” x 1⅛”
      27. 2¼” x 1”

      Smaller Layers
      1. 4¼” x 2¾”
      2. 4⅛” x 2⅝”
      3. 4” x 2 ½”
      4. 3⅞” x 2⅜”
      5. 3¾” x 2¼”
      6. 3⅝” x 2⅛”
      7. 3½” x 2”
      8. 3⅜” x 1⅞”
      9. 3¼” x 1¾”
      10. 3⅛” x 1⅝”
      11. 3” x 1½”
      12. 2¾” x 1¼”
      13. 2⅝” x 1⅛”
      14. 2½” x 1”


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