Color Block Cutting Directions

Thanksgiving Cards

Christmas Cards

 

The cutting directions for this card layout is below.  You will need two (2) sheets of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  The beauty of this Color Block style is it is suitable for any type of greeting card you can imagine.  Birthday, anniversary, get well, thank you, bon voyage, retirement, new baby, wedding, sympathy…..anything you can imagine.

You will have two (2) 5 x 7 cards and two (2) 5-1/2  x 5-1/2 cards.  I have made Thanksgiving and Christmas cards as an example for you.  Use the extra pieces as mattes behind your embellishments or stamped images.  Use all of the cut pieces or just a few.  This is a very versatile pattern.

The cutting directions, below, are for one sheet of 12 x 12 and one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11.  You will follow the same directions on the other 12 x 12 and 8-1/2 x 11 papers.

12 x 12 Paper:

  1. Place the paper on your trimmer and make your first cut at 7″.  Cut the entire length of 12 x 12 paper.  You will have one piece that is 7″ x 12 and another that is 5″ x 12″.
  2. Turn the 7″ x 12″ piece, on your trimmer, horizontally and cut it at 10″.  You will have a card base measuring 7″ x 10″.  Put this piece aside for scoring and folding at 5″ later.  You will have a 5″ x 7″ card after scoring and folding.
  3. Put the 5″ x 12″ piece of card stock on your trimmer, horizontally.  You will make two cuts.  One at 9″ and one at 5″.  You will have a 4″ x 5″ piece, a 5″ x 5″ piece, and a 3″ x 5″ piece from these cuts.
  4. Take the 4″ x 5″ piece and put it on your trimmer horizontally (5″ width being on the horizontal) and cut it at 3″.  You will have a 2″ x 4″ piece, and a 3″ x 4″ piece from this cut.
  5. Take the 2″ x 4″ piece and place horizontally on your trimmer (4″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 3-1/2″.  You will have a piece that measures 3-1/2″ x 2″ and 1/2″ x 2″.
  6. Take the 3″ x 5″ piece and place it horizontally on your trimmer (5″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 3-1/2″ and 2″.  You will have a piece that measures 3-1/2 x 3″,  1″ x 3″, and 1/2″ x 3″.

You will have a total of 9 pieces of card stock cuts.  Now do the same thing to the other piece of 12 x 12 card stock.

8-1/2 x 11 Paper:

  1. Place your paper vertically on your trimmer.  The 11″ length being placed top to bottom.  Your first cut will be at 5-1/2″ x 11″.  This piece will be your card base.  Later you will score and fold it at 5-1/2″ for a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card.
  2. Take the 3″ x 11″ piece of card stock and place it horizontally on your trimmer (11″ being on the horizontal).  Cut at 9-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.  You will have three (3) pieces that measure 6-1/2″ x 3″, 3″ x 3″, and 1-1/2″ x 3″.
  3. Take the 1-1/2″ x 3″ piece and place it horizontally on your trimmer (3″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 2″.  You will have pieces that measure 2″ x 1-1/2 and 1″ x 1-1/2″.

You will have a total of five (5) cut pieces of card stock.  Now do the same with your other piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.

Score and fold each 10″ x 7″ piece of cut card stock at 5″ for two (2) 5″ x 7″ card bases.  Score and fold each 5-1/2″ x 11″ card stock cuts at 5-1/2″ for two (2) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.

To see the full video on cutting and test fitting these pieces you can watch the video I made of this process.

 

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