Hello friends! Welcome to part eight of the Crafty Adventure Series. If you missed out, here are earlier links: #1 Personal Development, #2 Planning & Journaling, #3 Handlettering, #4 Stamps, #5 Dies, #6 Organization Methods, and #7 Tools.
In today’s post, I will cover some of my favorite paper products! People often ask me which cardstock I use for my card bases and other specialty paper so now I can dedicate one post to it 🙂
Let’s start with an explanation of paper weight. I know it can be really confusing, but this information can be useful in helping you decide what kind of paper or cardstock you invest in.
There is a difference between text weight and cover weight. Text weight is commonly used when referring to copy paper, letterheads and envelopes. Cover weight is for thicker card stock used for invitations, greeting cards, and business cards. The higher the weight, the heavier and thicker the paper is. Most printers can print on 65# to 80# cover weight. Here’s a visual of common paper weights.
If index vs. cover vs. text weight confuses me, I simply look up the GSM (grams per square meter) to see where it falls on the scale of weight. Most cardstock is 80 lb, 100 lb, or 110 lb. All of these weights can be used for the card base or for layering. I prefer 110# for my card bases, but I know that most people use 80# without a problem.
Classic Crest/Neenah 110# – My #1 recommendation for card bases is this brand in Solar White 110# cover weight. Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($8) or 250 sheets ($45+, including shipping). These are the lowest available prices I’ve seen on the Internet because they are available from multiple retailers. Paper is heavy to ship so I tend to incorporate the shipping cost when I am buying the 250-pack. Keep that in mind when shopping around. 🙂
Classic Crest/Neenah 80# – I use Solar White 80# cover weight for layers over my card bases, especially for coloring with Copic markers. Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($6) or 250 sheets ($35+, including shipping)
Papertrey Ink 110# – Great for card bases. Comes in pack of 40 sheets ($6)
Recollections 110# – This is the Michael’s store brand card stock. Great for card bases. Comes in pack of 100 sheets ($13). You can use a coupon, and it’s a great quality for the price!
Gina K. Designs 120# – Good for card bases. Smoother finish than the brands listed above. Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($8)
Gina K Designs 80# – Great for layering or coloring with Copic markers. Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($6)
Hammermill 60# – I use this for layering or coloring with Copic markers. Comes in pack of 250 sheets ($12). When I checked earlier, there was a coupon on Amazon and the pack was listed for $7.50!
I’m not picky about my black card stock, but I own these brands and use all of them equally:
Papertrey Ink 110# – Comes in pack of 12 sheets ($3), 24 sheets ($5), or 50 sheets ($9).
WPlus9 100# – Comes in pack of 15 sheets ($4) or 30 sheets ($6)
Simon Says Stamp 100# – Comes in pack of 10 sheets ($5)
Gina K. Designs 100# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($8)
Altenew 80# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($11)
Recollections 110# – Same as the white one. Comes in pack of 100 sheets ($13).
*Buying color card stock really depends on personal preference. My Favorite Things carries beautiful card stock and coordinating ink pads and embellishments. However, I have not collected anything from MFT Stamps because in my journey, I had discovered Papertrey Ink first so I started with their sampler pack. How nice it would be to buy all brands to test them out, but it’s not my job and I’m only sharing what I’ve learned through experience or through other people’s experiences. If you want more information, I highly recommend checking out company design team blogs and Jennifer McGuire’s product review posts and videos. 🙂 Some people have already started their collections so they stick to one brand. I don’t use color card stock regularly so my investment is minimal. However, these are great brands.
Papertrey Ink 110# – Comes in at least 47 colors, with coordinating ink pads, pattern paper, and embellishments. Colored card stock comes in pack of 12 ($3), 24 ($5) or 50 sheets ($9). There is a sampler pack of 74 sheets ($15), 2 sheets each of 37 colors. PTI has released a few new colors in the past few months that are not included in the sampler pack.
WPlus9 100# – Comes in 13 colors, excluding white and black. Individual colors come in pack of 15 ($4) or 30 sheets ($6). My favorite is Oatmeal. 🙂
Simon Says Stamp 100# – Comes in at least 25 colors, excluding white and black. Individual colors come in pack of 10 sheets ($5). There are sampler packs of 28 sheets of 14 colors ($14), 52 sheets of 26 colors ($25), and 140 sheets of 14 colors ($69).
Gina K. Designs 100# – Comes in 42 colors, excluding white and black. Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($8).
Navy 80# – One of my favorite colors so I bought this particular one that comes in pack of 25 sheets ($7)
Grey 111# – Another favorite color, 100% cotton, comes in pack of 10 sheets ($7)
Gold Glitter 80# – My absolute favorite gold glitter cardstock! Easy to die-cut. Comes in individual 12 x 12 sheets ($0.98 – $1.15 each) or pack of 10 8.5 x 11 sheets ($8)
*is also available by American Crafts for about $2 per 12×12 sheet
Black Glitter 80# – Same as above
Princess Pink Glitter 80# – Same as above
Gold Metallic 105# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($10)
Silver Metallic 105# – Same as above
Rose Quartz 105# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($13)
Rose Gold Foil 105# – Available in individual 12 x 12 sheets ($2)
Bright Foil Gold 90# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($11)
Gold Translucent 53# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($7)
Linen Vellum – Comes in pack of 12 ($4) or 24 sheets ($7)
Smooth Vellum 40# – Available from Ellen Hutson in pack of 25 sheets ($13) or PTI in pack of 12 ($4) or 24 sheets ($7)
White Woodgrain 111# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($16)
Brown Woodgrain 111# – Comes in pack of 10 sheets ($10) from Altenew or pack of 25 sheets ($12) from CutCardstock.
Kraft Brown Woodgrain 111# – Comes in pack of 25 sheets ($16)
Birch Wood 110# – Comes in a pack of 5 sheets ($8). Real wood texture! Love this one 🙂
ENVELOPES – I will cover this in a future post 🙂
There is a 15% off sale on already discounted select metallic cardstock at CutCardStock. I love their products and service! One of the things that is great is that you can request up to 3 samples from them to test out their cardstock and they send you a coupon for your first order.
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