The Number of Cards That Can Be Made From Standard Sized Cardstock

Useful Information for Making Handmade Cards and Invitations

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Make Maximum Use of Card Stock. Kate Pullen

A sheet of standard sized cardstock can be divided to create handmade cards and invitations in a variety of sizes. Dividing cardstock is done by folding the cardstock in a number of different ways. There are many types of folds that can be used; each will create a unique look and style depending on your card-making needs. 

A sheet of standard cardstock can produce a single large card or a variety of smaller cards.

Knowing the measurements of cards that can be created from a single sheet of cardstock will help you plan your card making projects in the most cost-effective manner. One sheet of cardstock can be divided into many manners, producing a surprising number of variations!

Card Sizes From a Sheet of 8.5" x 11" Cardstock

A single sheet of 8.5" x 11" cardstock can create any of the following:

  • 1 folded card: 5.5" x 8.5"
  • 1 gatefold card (both edges folded into the middle): 5.5" x 8.5"
  • 2 single sided cards (postcard style): 5.5" x 8.5"
  • 2 folded cards (ideal for smaller invitations): 4.25" x 5.5"
  • 2 gatefold cards (both edges folded into the middle): 4.25" x 5.5"
  • 2 tall cards (ideal for invitations or checkbook style cards): 2.25" x 8.5"
  • 4 single sided cards (postcard style): 4.25" x 5.5"
  • 4 small folded cards (suitable for place settings): 2.75" x 4.25"
  • 8 small single sided cards (suitable for place setting holders): 2.75" x 4.25"

    Card Sizes From a Sheet of 12" x 12" Cardstock

    A single sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock can create any of the following:

    • 2 folded cards (ideal for invitations, thank you cards, etc.): 6" x 6"
    • 2 gatefold cards (edges folded into the middle):  6" x 6"
    • 4 single sided cards (square postcard style): 6" x 6"
    • 4 folded cards (smaller cards): 3" x 6"
    • 4 gatefold cards (edges folded into the middle): 3" x 6"
    • 8 single sided cards (small square postcard style): 3" x 6"
    • 8 small folded cards (suitable for place settings): 3" x 3"
    • 16 single sided cards (suitable for place setting holders): 3" x 3"

    Tips for Picking Card Sizes

    Picking the right card sizes are based on the type of project you are making and how you will be using the finished product. Prior to folding your cardstock, determine if the card will need to hold a lot of information on it, if it will be mailed, how it will be decorated, and who will be using it. These tips will help determine the right size card for your need:

    • Bigger card sizes are ideal for birthday cards, special invitations, thank you cards, and cards where a lot of information is to be included (such as change of address cards) on the front of the card. 
    • Remember that unusually shaped cards may not fit into a standard sized envelope. Check envelope sizes prior to folding. 
    • Consider postcard style cards (unfolded cards) to allow maximum decoration opportunity with the minimum size of the card. 
    • Don't forget the back of cards. The back can be decorated or used to display important information that might not fit on the front.