Monday, August 04, 2008

What is an A2 card? And how do I make one? And what will it cost to mail it?

It's one of the standard international sizes of cards (what? there's standards in this industry?) that we cardmakers use a lot. Actual measurements are 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches for the card, and the envelope is 4 3/8 inches by 5 3/4 inches. For those of us who like to embellish our cards a lot, making the envelope a bit bigger isn't going to hurt. Just remember that weight increases the cost of mailing that lovely card. Here are the guidelines from http://www.usps.com/prices/first-class-mail-prices.htm:

Letters

Weight Not Over (see ounce limit)
Price (below ounce limit)

1 ounce
$0.42

2 ounces
$0.59

3 ounces
$0.76

3.5 ounces
$0.93

Size limits:- Rectangular; length is the dimension parallel to the address.- At least 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick- No more than 6-1/8 inches high by 11-1/2 inches long by 1/4 inch thick- Up to 3.5 ounces- Surcharge will apply for nonmachinable letter . If there's a question, this lovely page will help you calculate http://postcalc.usps.gov/.

An easy way to make an A2 card? Obviously you can measure & manually cut it out or cut it out with your Cricut. Or, you can take an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper and fold it in half (either way -- A2 cards can have the fold on the longer or shorter of the 4.25 x 5.5 inch measurement). After you have folded it in half, cut what you have folded in half. You now have two A2 cards.

Here's a freshly cut 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper (yes I tend to go back & forth between decimals & fractions for no apparent reason) that is now two A2 cards:

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Click on the title to this post to go to the Wikipedia page that lists ISO 216 standards which specify international standard (ISO) paper sizes used in most countries in the world today.

2 comments:

  1. I was looking at your wonderful cut files, and yes, downloaded a few, LOL, but here is my question. How do I tell what carts are used in making these files? That doesn't come up when DS opens to show carts are needed. Also, it wasn't clear if you created your files with SCAL or not?

    So sorry that this comment is so long. Love your site.

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  2. Linda thank you so much for your comment. My files are all cut files, which means they are for Cricut Design Studio. If I file ends with scut (instead of cut), then it is a SCAL file. To find out which carts are used on a file in Design Studio, click on the drop down box, with the word "view" to the left, in the Cricut Library box (with the purple header) and click on "this project". It will tell you the carts used in ALL of the pages of that project. So if you are just going to do one page of the project, you may not need all of the carts listed.

    --Gracie

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