Card stock is the paper that we use for card making and scrapbooking. It is more durable and thicker than your normal text or printing paper. You have your A4 size which is the preferred size for card making and the larger 12×12 which scrapbookers love!
Where do I buy and how do I choose card stock?
Card stock is available at any papercraft store or company. I highly recommend Stampin’ Up!’s acid-free card stock for its high quality. Stampin’ Up! has a whole range of colours arranged in families of subtles, brights, neutrals, regals and in-colours.
Make sure you have a pack of white card stock for card making. White makes clean and simple cards, especially if you like to stamp. Add a few coloured ones too because they make beautiful card bases.
For both card making and scrapbooking, choose card stock that’s at least 216 gsm. This is considered as medium weight which is ideal for both cards and scrapbooking.
Card stock is available in smooth or textured, depending on your preference or needs. I prefer a smooth surface when I am stamping images on my cards.
How do I cut the card stock to make a standard size card?
Follow this measurement for a standard card – approx 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″, score at 4 1/8″
The simplest way is to get your A4 card stock, cut it in half crosswise (using your paper trimmer & scorer) and then fold it in half. This size fits a standard C6 envelope and meets postal requirements.
If you are using a 12×12 paper, cut the paper 3 ways so that you maximise your card stock and prevent wastage. You will end up with 3 sheets of 4×12. Fold that in half to make a card and it will still fit the standard C6 envelope.
Hope this little info helped. Try using some card stock today. Bring out your paper trimmer and scorer and make a standard sized card. Enjoy and happy crafting!
Coming next is stamping! My favourite thing to do. I’ll talk about basic stamping techniques. See you soon!