Lesson in Cardstock

One of the things that this most recent journal making drove home is something which we all know, but don’t think much about until things don’t work our quite as planned.   All cardstock is not the same.

First is one that none of us tend to forget is that most cardstock is white in the core. That is the standard, color core is the exception. The white constantly is popping up white in our projects where we don’t want it.   That is one of the reasons for the ever popular distressing.   That white core shows up on every edge and often is revealed on a fold.    It can be remedied by picking cardstocks with a solid color core on projects that require lots of folding.

Second is many of the decorative cardstocks have a coating and it cracks and sort of wafers off at folds.    The effects of those wafer edges are particularly hard on papers at the fold and I find myself reinforcing the cardstock at the fold with tapes papers and other decorative options. You often find this to be true in the “card stacks” that folks including myself find ourselves buying in bulk to save a little.   That glitter, metallic sheet, or extra shiny look all are a specialized coating spread on the cardstock.

Lastly is weight.  We know papers have different weights but so  does cardstock.   Most often in the scrapbook and craft stores you don’t really know the weight you are buying especially when you are buying the singles.    I like to buy black, craft, buff/cream and white in bulk for cards and journal bases.   Even in bulk it is hard to find the weight on it and most often they are a lighter weight hoping to appeal to the budget conscious.   70-80 pound is considered medium weight.   Anything less is lightweight and of course over that is heavyweight.    My personal preference is heavyweight for cards and medium weight for pages in a journal.  Heavyweight for cards in white and buff tend to be easy to find at the office supply store.   All the rest take some effort.

I hope this has answer why some of your projects have gone awry.   Given you some food for thought as you plan your next special project and how you might avert some of the pitfalls that have befell you before.




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