Cardstock Cutting Tips for Cardmaking

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When deciding what size to make cardstock when you are stamping an image on a smaller piece of cardstock, round up to the next measurement on your ruler (like if a tree fits on a piece of paper that’s a little more than 3 inches, make it 3 ¼”). Then, when you cut multiple pieces, you will easily be able to measure the next piece on your cutter.

Use stamp block size to determine what size cardstock to cut. Example: again, stamping a tree, measure the size of the wood block the tree is on, then cut your cardstock that size. You should then be able to line up the stamp block with the cardstock to center your image (assuming you mounted the image in the center of the block).

To add a mat to cardstock, add 1/4” to the size you are matting. So, in the tree example above, if the tree is on a 3 ¼”x 3 ¼” piece, then your mat will be 3 ½” x 3 ½”.

Cut 8 ½” x 11” cardstock in half for medium (invitation size) envelope size cards.

The front of the card is 4” x 5 ¼” (to make the way I usually make cards where the front is colored cardstock and it’s smaller than the base (half sheet of 8 1/2” x 11).

Don’t glue anything down until all stamping is done unless technique requires it. Then you can turn it over and try again if you mess up!

After you have mounted your wood stamps, you can stick them in the microwave for 10 seconds to release the adhesive long enough to trim more and/or make it straight.

Cleaning your stamps: Stampin’ Scrub is the best, but if you don’t have that, I recommend baby wipes or a wet cloth or paper towel. Do not use windex or any other cleaning agent – just water.