Back again with the third part of my series - Beginning Card Making: What I've Learned so Far.
This posting is all about paper! We crafters probably have a ton of this in our stash (I know I do!) from scraps, to paper packs, to 12x12 sheets, it's all so pretty while card making.
Here's what I've learned so far.
3. Papers come in all sizes and patterns (and are oh so pretty!)
Generally you’ll need paper for your card base; you may also use pattern papers and stamped images to complete your card. While I am not an expert on paper, I have found a few things that I like:
Card bases: You may hear YTs (YouTubers) reference 80 lb, 110 lb, 120 lb, light, medium or heavy card stock. This is the “weight” of the paper. If you have a few of these different weights in your stash, feel a few of them between your fingers. You will see how they vary in thickness and actual weight.
I personally use 80Ib and 110lb card stock for my card bases. I also use 80lb for card panels to do stamping and frequently adhere the 80lb panel to a 110lb base.
Card stocks come in various colors! Your options are really endless. The most basic color I reach for in a card base is Neenah Solar White in both weights. Yes, another recommendation by many of the top YTs, and I haven’t been disappointed.
To make a U.S.A. standard card, take your 8.5 x 11 card stock and cut it in half:
Portrait/top folding case: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (cut vertically)
Landscape/side folding base: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (cut horizontially)
See Kristina Werner’s great blog post on card bases.
Pattern Papers: I really love pattern papers. Most pattern paper packs (say that three times fast!) come double sided and are lighter weight than card bases. Some can actually be quite thin. Some companies will put out both a 12x12 and 6x6 versions of their packs.
What’s the difference between the two you ask? Well, the 12x2 patterns can sometimes be too “big” for a card base, meaning the image is not sized properly for use on a card base. With a 6x6 pattern paper, the images are scaled with the card maker in mind. It takes some trial and error to find the types of papers and weight you like (i.e. neutrals v. themed packs).
The nice thing about using a pattern paper pack is that generally they are grouped to “go together”. Meaning you can mix papers together from the pack and find a really great paper combination. This can save time from hours in the craft store trying to match patterns together. While there are a ton of companies out there with 6x6 pattern paper packs, I have never gone wrong with papers from My Mind’s Eye (admittedly, a Kristina Werner influence!).
What papers do you generate to when crafting? 6x6, clean and simple (white) or do you use up those scraps? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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