Cutting your Basic Card

Need to create a card and don’t know where to start?

Create your card base in 4 EASY steps! 


Step 1: Supplies

card supplies 

*Paper Cutter (Fiskars purchased from SU)

*8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock (any colour)

*Scoring blade (black blade on cutter) OR Bone Folder to crease your card.

Step 2: Cutting your Card Base


*Pull out ruller arm from under cutter so that you can see the measurements.

*Lift clear plastic slide and place cardstock under so that the 11 inch side is flat against the side of the cutter. ß11”à

*Line up your cardstock to the 5 1/2″ mark and slide down blade making sure that your cardstock does not move.

*You will be left with 2 card bases measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

Step 3: Scoring your card

Method 1: Bone Folder

Scoring with bone folder

*Line up your corners, then use bone folder to smooth out the crease.

(I find the bone folder gives me a nice, neat fold that is slightly more accurate than the scoring blade.)

Method 2: Scoring Blade


*Place cardstock on cutter with the 8 1/2″ side flat against the edge.

*Line up cardstock to the 4 1/4″ mark and gently bring scoring blade (black one) all the way down.

*Make sure you are applying gentle pressure so that you do not cut through the cardstock.

Step 4: Finished Card Base

Two orientations to choose from…portrait or landsape style:

card1  card2  


*Cut your cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 11″ (again making 2 card bases)


NEXT: Create your Card Front

Step 1: Cutting your cardstock

cutting fronts

*Line up the 11″ side to the edge of the cutter and make your first cut at 5 1/4″.

*Take the left over piece (5 3/4 x 8 1/2″) and cut off 1/4″ leaving your with 2 pieces of 5 1/4 x 8 1/2″.

4 card fronts

*Line up 8 1/2″ side (on both pieces) to the edge of the cutter and cut making 4 pieces of 4 x 5 1/4″.

Tah Dah…your basics are done-now go decorate!

Here’s an example of a simple card using Garden Whimsy:

card example