Studio Greeting Cards, plus a Calendar!
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means… the Holidays are almost here! In the studio this year, that means that I have been busy designing a new series of greeting cards and a special 2014 Desktop Calendar in a CD case – all featuring art glass images.
Brief Anatomy of the Envelope and Greeting Card sizes
Why do cards have such odd size designations like the A2 and #9? The “A” actually stands for ‘announcement’, but it also is a designation of the type of envelope that has flat side seams and a squared off flap. The Baronial envelope series has a lot of the same sizes as the “A”, like the 5 1/2-bar is the same as the A2, but the flap is pointed and the seams are diagonal. The Squares also refer to the envelope sizes, but can have pointed flaps with diagonal seams like the Baronial or side seams and a flat flap like the A series. Did you also know that the post office charges more for postage on square cards because the cards are not as easily ‘read’ by the automated system. But they are still my favorite size! The #10 envelope has become the standard business size, and it gets a fancier look when made with a squared off flap, rather than the common point. And you guessed it, the #9 is a slightly smaller version of the #10.
Cards in my studio typically have the A series envelopes, though the #9 is in the Baronial style.
- A2: card measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
- A6: cards are 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″.
- Square 5×5: card is 4 3/4″ square.
- #9: this is the small business envelope type. The cards are 3 5/8″ x 8 1/2″.