Tags – Cutting Directions

Are you ready to get some gift tags made?

Clear a space off your work area – kitchen table, craft desk, the floor, or your bed – we are going to get busy with some cutting 🙂

You will need three items to do this.  Four if you want to print these instructions off for your reference.

  1. Paper trimmer that is large enough to accommodate 12 x 12 card stock.
  2. Two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock in the colors of your choice.  NOTE:  Patterned paper, CARD STOCK weight, can be used on these tags.  The lighter weight patterned papers are not really good for this.
  3. A bone folder.

That is all you will need.  Both pieces of the 12 x 12 card stock will be cut exactly the same way.

These first cuts will be made vertically down the 12 x 12 paper.  You will have a total of five (5) strips after this first go round.  You will have two (2) 3-1/2 x 12 strips, two (2) 1-3/4 x 12 strips, and one (1) 1-1/2 by 12 strip.

  1. With the 12 x 12 piece of card stock aligned in your paper trimmer, make the following vertical cuts….
  2. 10-1/2 inches,
  3. 8-3/4 inches
  4. 7 inches
  5. 3-1/2 inches.  You will be left with two (2) 3-1/2 x 12 pieces of card stock when you finish this set of cuts.

Working with the 3-1/2 x 12 strips, remember there are two (2) of them.  You can cut them at one time or separately.  Depends on your trimmer capabilities.

  1. Turn your 3-1/2 x 12 strip(s) horizontally in your paper trimmer and cut at…
  2. 8 inches and
  3. 4 inches.

You will have a total of six (2) 3-1/2 x 4 pieces of card stock.  These will be your tag bases.

Next, you will be cutting the 1-3/4 x 12 strips.  Remember, there are two (2) of these also.  You can cut them together or one at a time.

  1. Place the 1-3/4 x 12 strip(s) horizontally in your trimmer and cut at….
  2. 9 3/4 inches,
  3. 6-1/2 inches,
  4. 3-1/4 inches.

You will have a total of six (6) 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 pieces.  Plus there will be two (2) 1-3/4 x 2-1/4 pieces of scrap.

The final piece will be the 1-1/2 x 12 strip of card stock.

  1. Place the 1-1/2 x 12 strip horizontally in your trimmer and make your cuts at….
  2. 10-1/2 inches,
  3. 9 inches,
  4. 7-1/2 inches,
  5. 6 inches,
  6. 4-1/2 inches,
  7. and 3 inches.

You will have a total of six (6) 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch squares and one 1-1/2 x 3 inch piece of scrap.

Now repeat these directions on your second piece of card stock.

Once you have completed all of your cuts, you will then move on to scoring and folding the tag bases.  Each 3-1/2 x 4 inch piece will be scored and folded at 2 inches.  You will end up with a folded tag that measures 3-1/2 x 2 inches.  You will have six (6) of one color and six (6) of your other color for a total of 12 folded tags.

The 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 pieces will be used as mattes on your tags.  Run them through an embossing folder, round the edges, distress the edges, ink the edges…..whatever your heart desires.  The 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 pieces will be mounted on your tag in any fashion you desire.

You can watch my YouTube video on these cutting directions if you find my written directions “clear as mud” 🙂

 

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.