If you’re wondering what size note cards are, you’re not alone. Many people are unsure of the standard size for note cards, and as a result, they either end up with cards that are too small or too large.
To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide on note card sizes. Read on to learn everything you need to know about choosing the right size for your note cards!
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Note Card Sizes
Note cards come in a few standard sizes, which are 3×5, 4×6, and 5×7 inches. The most common size is 3×5, which is a convenient size to carry around with you. 4×6 and 5×7 cards are larger and can be used for more extensive note-taking.
Standard Size Note Cards
The standard size for a note card is 3-1/2 inches wide by 5 inches tall. This size is also sometimes referred to as A1, which is the international standard paper size.
Other popular sizes for note cards include 4×6 inches and 5×7 inches. Note cards can also be made in non-standard sizes, such as square or mini (2-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches). Be sure to check with your printer or stationer for guidance on what sizes they offer.
Mini Size Note Cards
The mini size note cards measure 3-1/2 inches wide by 2-1/4 inches wide. They are slightly smaller than a half sheet of standard 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper. Mini note cards are often used for gift tags, place cards, and thank you notes.
How to Choose the Right Size Note Card
Notecards come in a variety of sizes, but which size is right for you? It all depends on what you’ll be using the notecards for. If you’re writing a research paper, you’ll want to choose a larger size so that you can fit more information on each card. If you’re making a flashcard deck, you’ll want to choose a smaller size so that you can carry the cards with you easily.
Consider the Occasion
Before you can choose the right size note card, you need to think about the occasion for which you’ll be using them. For example, are you sending a thank-you note after an interview? A birthday card to your grandmother? Wedding invitations? The occasion will help determine the formality of the note, which in turn will help you choose the right size card.
If you’re unsure about the level of formality required for the event, err on the side of caution and choose a slightly more formal note. For example, if you’re not sure if it’s appropriate to send a thank-you note on lined stationery or a blank card, go with the lined stationery. It’s always better to be too formal than too casual.
Consider the Message
As you decide what size note card to use, think about the message you want to send. If you’re sending a Thinking of You card to someone who’s had a recent loss, a large card with plenty of space for your handwritten message may be the way to go. For a more general greeting, a standard-sized card should do the trick.
Here are some other factors to consider when choosing the right size note card:
-The occasion: A wedding announcement deserves a larger card than an invite to your child’s birthday party.
-Your budget: Larger cards usually cost more than smaller ones.
-The number of people you’re sending cards to: If you’re making a mass mailing, go with a smaller size to save on postage.
Consider the Budget
Picking out the right size note card starts with understanding the basic sizes and then considering the budget. The standard size for a note card is 3-1/2 inches by 5 inches, which is the size of a blank index card. If a change is needed, the next common size up would be 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. In terms of budget, keep in mind that cardstock tends to be more expensive than standard copy paper. Also, if color printing is desired, that will add to the overall cost as well.