Welcome to Paper 101!

Helpful tips about all things paper.

We've included photo illustrations, how-to tips, and videos to help you create the paper project you've been dreaming of.  Just add your imagination and go!

Here are a few considerations for the beginner:

 

Are you finding paper weights to be confusing? Why is 80 lb. text lighter than 59 lb. cover?

The terms text and cover come from the paper manufacturing world.  There are also other paper types that include index and bond, for instance, but we will stick to papers more commonly used for paper crafting here,

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      Both the size and weight of your finished product will determine the amount of postage required to mail it out. This may be an important consideration if mailing a large volume of pieces, such as announcements, invitations or holiday greeting cards. Mailing a piece with its own special envelope? Be sure to keep in mind the following size requirements for letters...

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      Paper color is all a matter of personal preference, style, theme and occasion. Ink color, paper bleed and ink absorption are also important considerations when printing and applying ink to paper.  Multi-layered cards create a visually pleasing look with options for contrasting color or monochromatic color themes.

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      Printing is an important factor to consider when choosing paper for your printing projects.  Whether you plan on DIY printing or professional printing, do your homework before buying a large supply of paper. Not all paper types are suitable for all printers, especially home printers.

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      Paper is made up of tiny grains of fiber. During the manufacturing process, they align in the same direction, usually with the longest side of the parent sheet, much like a school of fish or a flock of migrating birds!  Knowing how to find the grain, and score your paper is key to creating professional looking pieces.

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      When it comes to die cutting, all it takes are the right settings to create beautifully intricate designs. EVERY paper Cardstock Warehouse sells is die cut machine compatible and, when using the right settings, will produce crisp, clean cuts.

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      Stay tuned for more to come!