Over the past week, I spent a lot of time making Anna Griffin cards. Anna Griffin's cards are my most premiere cards. Yes, they're time consuming. But they also look better than anything else I produce. They also don't look like anyone else's cards. And there's good reason. The cost of entry for producing cards akin to Anna Griffin is pretty high.
But recently I purchased the Painted Garden Decoupage Card Kit from her site. I wanted the kit for the assortment of beautiful embellishments, but what I was introduced to was the world of A7 Cards.
|This was the first card I produced using the kit.|
For those who don't know, most card makers craft in A2 cards. A2 cards measure 4in x 5.5in. There's a reason for that: most cardstock is produced 11in x 8in, which means a single piece of cardstock can produce two A2 cards. And A2 is great. But if you're looking to diversify your portfolio, I want to encourage you to make A7 cards.
Unfolded, A7 cards measure 10in x 7in. It means they're comparatively massive. More surface area means more playroom to create elaborate designs. Why do I love it so?
|Note the size difference.|
Picture c/o of TSI
Early on in my card making career, I purchased a plethora of gorgeous 12in x 12in paper pads from Michael's and similar places. I thought these pads would produce some cool cards. In truth, I rarely used the intricate patterns because the designs seemed too big for A2 cards. I found myself using the paper less and less until the pads became these tomes that took up space in my backroom. I would venture to say that I haven't purchased a 12in x 12in pad for at least two years.
But the Painted Garden Kit from Anna Griffin got me thinking, if fancy printed paper and embellishments is all I need for A7 cards, why not use all this gorgeous paper that's sitting in my craft room? In short, the world opened up.
Take a look at some of my A7 cards below:
|This card came c/o a beautiful 12in x 12in mermaid theme pack.|
The wood piece came from Recollections Mixed Media. A little
twine was wrapped around to give a little flourish, and I stamped
But going big isn't everything either. You should also consider going smaller. Why smaller? It's the perfect little "thinking of you" - it appears effortless. This also is a great way to make use of all those scraps you're hoarding. My small cards measure a mere 4.5in x 3.5in. This is also a great way to mass-produce cards using the Cricut. I'll be sure to post a tutorial in the coming weeks.
Here are some of the mini-cards I've made in the past week:
|These cards are much smaller, but no less striking in their own way.|
|Stamps and sayings are perfect. These cards are much easier for me to depart with too.|
|Using Cricut Deesign, you can make a large number of cards in no time at all.|
So think about diversifying your sizes. It's time to break the mold and make something new. Let something bigger (or smaller) be your new source for inspiration!