In the USA, homemade cards are referred to as A2 cards, which measure 4 ¼” x 5 ½” when folded. They are easily made by cutting a piece of 8 ½” x 11” cardstock in half, either horizontally or vertically (see cutting measurements below).
A2 Card Types: Tent Fold and Book Fold
The most used card types are the tent fold and book fold.Both types of cards can be rotated to make a book fold or tent fold card.There are also numerous advanced card designs called fancy folds or fun folds, such as the gate fold, z fold, etc.
A2 Card Cutting Measurements
A standard 8 ½” x 11” sheet of cardstock, when cut in half, yields 2 cards.
A2 Card Layers
To add dimension to handmade cards, the card base can have one or more layers. Most standard A2 cards feature layers cut in ¼” and/or 1/8” increments. The table below lists the most frequently used layers used on A2 cards.
Sample Card with 2 Layers
Want to Learn More?
Download the Introduction to Card Making: Standard A2 Cards