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Old 03-09-2012, 06:49 AM   #1
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Default Amuse card stock

Can anyone tell me how Amuse card stock compares to SU and PTI?

I definitely would like to try Amuse's ink, but if I do that, I will have to have the matching card stock!

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Great question, Brandi!!!! I'm eager to hear the answers to this. Thanks for asking!
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A Muse cardstock is white on one side and colored on the other. At first I wasn't sure I would like it but I love it !!! The quality is as good as the others. I'm addicted to A Muse cardstock and their inks!!
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How is the weight of A Muse card stock? Lighter or as heavy as PTI?
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I think I read here somewhere that their ink doesn't match their paper as well as say Stampin Up's does - but that it is awesome ink and that they have awesome paper. I have never tried either.
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And I don't think it is as heavy at PTI
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I have some of their cardstock. It's not a real heavy weight stock.

It's also smooth Cardstock. The feel of it to me is about 65#
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Thanks for all the info everyone!

I'm a bit torn about trying it, I don't mind that it is white on one side, but I don't know if I'd like the lighter weight. I will have to think about it some more, I guess.
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I love the Amuse cardstock. It is a lighter weight but unless you are using many, many layers and/or heavy embellishments, it is fine! I like the fact that it is white on one side. It is a very smooth cardstock.
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I LOVE A Muse cardstock. It is very different than SU or PTI and gives a completely different look. It appears to be the exact same thing as Memory Box, but in a different color palette.

It is lighter weight than PTI for sure and, although 80# like SU's, it just feels different. It is thinner than these companies but stiff, so that it holds up well as a card.

Because the white is inside, it provides a fresh, clean look that I LOVE and you just cannot get that with other types of cardstock.

Do I have other brands as well? Yes. I do not like A Muse for my Silhouette as it doesn't cut as well as SU's, meaning that sometimes the blade on my silhouette lifts up the top layer of the card stock (don't ask!!) and with the A Muse that means the color chips off. I also do not think that the A Muse takes versamark well. Oh it embosses beautifully but its smooth ink layer does not absorb the versamark or something and you don't get that watermark look.

A Muse card stock is made in the US out of environmentally friendly soy ink. Another reason I love it.
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Can anyone tell me how Amuse card stock compares to SU and PTI?

I definitely would like to try Amuse's ink, but if I do that, I will have to have the matching card stock!

TIA!
A Muse cardstock has the same weight as SU - 80 lb (PTI is 110lb).

The flip side is white which is very nice for the inside and for doing things like embossing and then sanding, creating a torn edge, etc.

It's also different because it has a smoother surface. It's hard to describe but as a past SU and PTI cardstock user, I can never go back. The colors are more saturated and rich. I think because of the smooth finish, you see the color and not the "tooth" so to me it has a clean, fresh look.

I had gone from SU to PTI and thought I could never give up the weight, but it's really a non-issue for me now. If I do embellish or layer the front to the extent that it feels a bit top-heavy, I still can layer cardstock on the inside to balance out that weight. But honestly, I've only done that a couple of times. It does feel sturdier to me than SU cardstock.

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I have used both - and I am currently in the process of purchasing all of the Amuse ink which I absolutely love! I am surprised to hear that the Amuse cardstock weight is the same as SU though - when I am doing an 5.5 x 4.25 card base, the SU seems heavier to me for some reason. However, I do love the white inside of the card that you get with Amuse. So, in the end, I use both. And many of the Amuse ink colors coordinate very well with the SU cardstock too.
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I love reading things like this Joan! The ink is unlike any other I've tried... for me, it's perfect!

Good to know about coordinating with SU cardstock - I'll have to check that out. Thanks .
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I also love amuse cardstock. I wasn't sure I was going to like the lighter weight but I do. I usually have a max of 3 layers on a card and although this cardstock is lighter than pti or SU!, it is also stiffer so no problem supporting 3 layers. Finished cards feel sleek, not bulky. As others have mentioned, the colors are fabulous...so vibrant and crisp. My pti cardstock seems kinda dull and gray in comparison. The amuse inks are also my new favorite ink. Sky is the only color that I notice a poor match between paper and ink but I don't (yet) have all the colors to compare.
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I really love the AMuse inks. Great coverage for all kinds of stamps -I use a lot of Gina K stamps which are red rubber, always perfect coverage with 1 or 2 taps. And the colors are amazing and they stay juicy (I had drying issues with ColorBox)! Although I agree, they don't match the cardstock perfectly (especially the pink tones).

I am on the fence with the ribbons. I love how cute they are, but the 1/8" organdy and 1/8" grosgrain ribbons are really stiff. I mean I really struggle with making little bows with it, it's THAT stiff. So I have spools that sit unused...

About the cardstock. What Joan said. I really should try to use it more, but most of my cards use white cardstock bases with pattern paper. And I just can't give up my PTI or Gina K white cardstock for bases. I can see how the thinness would be good for less bulk and weight for mailing.
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A few of you have mentioned that the paper has a stiffness – how is it with scoring? Do you get nice, crisp scores?

In a few months I want to set some money aside and get some of the paper and ink. I'm curious to see how I like the white side. The colors appear very rich on my monitor. Sometimes (often) I'm amazed at the abundance of quality products we have available to us as paper crafters!
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I am on the fence with the ribbons. I love how cute they are, but the 1/8" organdy and 1/8" grosgrain ribbons are really stiff. I mean I really struggle with making little bows with it, it's THAT stiff. So I have spools that sit unused...
I find that interesting. I've never had a problem making little bows with it. I love that the sheer ribbons have a little stiffness because they hold their loops rather than falling out of shape. As a matter of fact, I haven't touched my SU grosgrain ribbon in I don't know how many years.

As for the inks and papers, I do think it's a little more difficult to do a color on color with great visibility. My solution is to ink with the next shade up if I'm trying to accomplish that look.

I dumped my SU cardstock a long time ago (well, I donated it to the scrapbook club at the middle school) and have stuck with A Muse pretty exclusively for several years. I love the colors and the smooth texture.
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A few of you have mentioned that the paper has a stiffness how is it with scoring? Do you get nice, crisp scores?
Yes, I do!! I make up little boxes all the time to gift baked goods away. Score on the colored side.
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I find that interesting. I've never had a problem making little bows with it. I love that the sheer ribbons have a little stiffness because they hold their loops rather than falling out of shape. As a matter of fact, I haven't touched my SU grosgrain ribbon in I don't know how many years.

As for the inks and papers, I do think it's a little more difficult to do a color on color with great visibility. My solution is to ink with the next shade up if I'm trying to accomplish that look.

I dumped my SU cardstock a long time ago (well, I donated it to the scrapbook club at the middle school) and have stuck with A Muse pretty exclusively for several years. I love the colors and the smooth texture.
I agree the 1/8" organdy is a bit softer than the stitched grosgrain. Maybe I shouldn't have lumped the 1/8" organdy in my statement above. I will revise to say the worst problems I have had is with the stitched ribbons.
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Me, too, on the scoring. I just started making a 3D building and I'm really happy with how it's turning out!

As for the ribbon. . . I can kind of see why the stitched grosgrain might seem stiffer. But I found that it helps me to snug up my ribbon and I like that the rounded part of the bows can be kind of creased, so they lay flat if I want them to. I think ribbon from lots of companies is always surprising to me when I get my hands on it - it's just one of those things you never get a "feel" for . . . until you feel it, LOL!
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For the scoring, as mentioned, score on the color side. I had adjust my technique to score lightly. It scores with crisp lines but if you score too hard you cut through the color layer, exposing the white core.
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I would not call the flip side of amuse card stock white, per se. I know that it is advertised as such, but it is truly a soft white, not a crisp white. I actually think it looks cream in comparison to true whites. Hope that helps!
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