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Old 03-03-2016, 01:32 AM   #1  
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Just curious where all you ladies get your card bases. Do you create them yourselves or do you buy packs from your favorite/local craft store?

I tried doing a search on here but there are so many threads that come up with the words 'card bases' to comb through.

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I make my own from heavy weight cardstock. You can get two bases from one piece of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock.
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I make my own. The only pre-made basses I've ever had were packs I got at garage sales.
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I make my own rectangular ones (2 per sheet, European equivalent of US A2), but I make a lot of square cards, and for those it's more cost-efficient for me to buy them pre cut and scored. I order them from the same supplier I get my full sheets from.
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I make my own, the pre-made I've tried was always too thin. I also like not being restricted in color choice.
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I started out with pre-mades.

Then I found out about heavier stock and do that now and make my own.

I use the 110 lb Recollections paper at Michaels. Comes in white, ivory and black in whole packs. I think there are colors in mixed packs.

I find it feels better in the hand, esp if you layer, not so front heavy. Also ink doesnt go through it as much.
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If you purchase pre-cuts, you're typically paying more than cutting & scoring for yourself. Depending on the brand of pre-cuts, such as the packs at the chain stores, it's a lightweight product and could have a rougher 'finish' than what we prefer as cardmakers. Not the case 100% of the time of course, but it's hard to open a package & check the quality unless you're opening a pack in a store.

I'm another true blue fan of cutting my own.
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I cut my own too! Sometimes I want a different shape than 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I also make my own envelopes so to buy pre-cut cards would be a waste of money.
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I buy the Whisper White thick cardstock from SU or kraft and take it to Kinko's to have it cut.
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I also make my own from this 110# cardstock that I buy at Sams. It is a real bargain, 250 sheets for $8.36! I use it for bases and also to stamp my images.

GP - Image Plus, Card Stock Paper, 110 lb., 8-1/2? x 11?, 1 Pack - 250 Sheets - Sam's Club
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My house is actually split. I prefer to make my own as if I have a box of pre-cut I start to feel like I have to use them and I often shy off of trying something new where if I have to make my own I'm more likely to go an maybe try something different. I also have the envelope punch board and really want to start using it more but have so many pre-made envelopes I have trouble justifying making my own when I have a huge drawer of pre-made envelopes.
And where did those envelopes come from? My mom... She likes the precut ones. She buys them all the time.
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I almost exclusively use the pre-cut 5 x 6.5" cards from Hobby Lobby. They come with envelopes and seem to be 40% off every other week. They are available in white, beige, kraft and black.
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I sometimes use pre packaged cards, but usually I make my card bass. I like a top fold card sometimes and this way I get to choose not only the color, but what way it folds.

Sometimes the prepackaged ones are really such a great deal.
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Make my own, too expensive to purchase card bases for me
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I started out with pre-mades.

Then I found out about heavier stock and do that now and make my own.

I use the 110 lb Recollections paper at Michaels. Comes in white, ivory and black in whole packs. I think there are colors in mixed packs.

I find it feels better in the hand, esp if you layer, not so front heavy. Also ink doesnt go through it as much.
Me too. I cut my card bases form Recollections 110 lbs cardstock.
Most in white, but I also sometimes use the ivory and black.
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I cut mine also, and use either PTI or Michael's 110# cardstock.
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Colored cardstock bases, I always cut. But I have a bunch of precut, prescored bases from CTMH because they came in their workshop-on-the-go kits.
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I love the 120# from Gina K. She has a lot of great stamps etc at StampTV.
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I also make my own from this 110# cardstock that I buy at Sams. It is a real bargain, 250 sheets for $8.36! I use it for bases and also to stamp my images.

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Is only 7.36 at our closest Sams. I only use it for layers now that I have found the Recollections 110lb and the Hobby Lobby Heavy Weight cardstock. These are my favorites for bases.

I always cut, score and fold my own card bases. I do 200 or more at a time when I do not feel like stamping. I have a drawer thats deep and I try to keep it full of bases in several colors.
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I have a storage box of bases from clearbags.com. The texture is excellent. I also purchase white, ivory and kraft sets from multiple craft stores. Sometimes I will find a box of decorative notecards and envies, so those join the craft collection. I have also made my own bases, but since I have the stockpile of premade ones, they are not usually my go-to item. I hope to photograph some I made recently using the botanical leaf edge die. With double-sided bases, these cards need only a message and embellishment. Diane
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Is only 7.36 at our closest Sams. I only use it for layers now that I have found the Recollections 110lb and the Hobby Lobby Heavy Weight cardstock. These are my favorites for bases.

I always cut, score and fold my own card bases. I do 200 or more at a time when I do not feel like stamping. I have a drawer thats deep and I try to keep it full of bases in several colors.
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Well...I dont know about everything.....but that cardstock is!
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That's true! I love when a Hallmark/TJ Maxx/etc store does a clearance on stationary that I can boost stamping or with a small emboss to tailor for myself or friends. I have found plain Crains at TJs. Heat emboss and you have a nice set!
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I do both, cut my own and use note cards that come with envies. With the note cards I try and find them at Goodwill/thrift stores.

I've gotten boxes of nice plain ones or a soft pattern on the front with matching solid color on the backs. These types of cards I use for kids birthday cards mostly. By the time I get my layers and embellishments pasted on, the cards are pretty solid! LOL!

I also use blank note cards that come with sets called "Create your own greeting cards". Find those at GW quite often.
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When I first started all my card maker friends always made their own bases. So I did too. I prefer it now. I use a variety of color bases so it's easier to just pick the cardstock of choice and make my own.
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I do both...buy and make. It depends on what I'm doing.
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I just purchased several boxes of cards at Michaels. I like that they are colored on the outside but are white inside -- they even had some textured ones. I think it was around $6.00 for 60 cards and envelopes so felt like that was a decent price.
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I cut and score my own - especially now that I am mainly doing 6" x 5" sized cards. I really like the quality of Gina K C/S and just tried Neenah Premium C/S which is terrific, too!
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