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Old 03-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #1
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Question Card stock for card bases- what's best?

I have another card stock question for all you knowledgeable stampers, what is the best card stock for card bases? Can be from an online retailer or a brick and mortar store. Thanks!
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I love Papertrey Ink cardstock! It's a heavyweight cardstock - well I think it is the perfect weight!
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I know everyone has their favorites, and for different reasons. I use a less expensive white cardstock for my card bases. I seldom make a card without adhering a "cardfront", so I don't need for the base to be super heavy, just a nice weight.

Also, I make a lot of cards for family and friends - sometimes I make 6 to 8 of the same design at once. That gets pretty pricey if you are using an expensive cardstock for the bases.

I usually get a pack of 250 sheets of 110 lb. white cardstock at Sam's. It's called Image Plus and costs a little over $7.00. I'm very happy with it. I also use it for stamping and coloring my images.

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I have recently started using Gina K's pure luxury heavy base weight cardstock for the "base" of my cards. It has a luxurious feel and is easy to write/stamp on without smearing. I make cards for OWH and feel like it's a great weight to "hold up" for overseas mailing. I also like the way it "holds" embellishments, layers, etc. without getting ripply.
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I went from Joann's brand card stock to PTI. I love the weight and feel of the PTI. I don't feel like its too expensive either.
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I love Papertrey Ink cardstock! It's a heavyweight cardstock - well I think it is the perfect weight!
I second PTI...I LOVE it & use all their card stock. My favorite CS companies that I use all the time are: PTI, Gina K Designs & SU
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Gina K's cardstock has a sheen/glow to it that you don't notice until your card is finished , or at least that's what happens to me. I just love the rich look it gives, even when the rest of the card turns out to be less than I expected. My favorite is to use her cardstock on an all-white card, which is what I usually do for Christmas cards. The Cuttlebug opened a whole new world for making all-white cards.

It's not cheap, but as always, you get what you pay for. And no dye bleeds through it.
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Clear & Simple Stamps white heavy cardstock is even heavier than PTI- it's fabulous, you should check it out!
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I use CS similarly to what Buggainok does. I usually cover up the card front and adhere stuff to the inside so 110 lb, 250 sheet to the package card stock from Staples does just fine for me.
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I like SU best
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I buy reams of 100lb Cardstock Cover from XpedX. I make cards for deployed military and really like a nice sturdy card base. I recently purchased two reams of white, one black and one dark brown. I should be set for a good long while. ~ Pam
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PTI for me. I like their rustic cream and kraft cardstocks.
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Gina K. hands down..
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Thanks everyone for responding and giving me so many options to look into!
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Like so many other, I generally have a "front" on my cards as well, but even when I don't, I like Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper. It's 80 lb, 100 brightness and super smooth to stamp right on for a one layer card. It's about $12 for a ream at most office supply stores and makes a nice sturdy base or card.
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