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Old 10-19-2008, 11:45 PM   #1  
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How would you compare the two? I've never used PTI so just wondering.
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:30 AM   #2  
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PTI cardstock seems heavier to me. It's very good quality. The only problem I've had with it is that when I use a glue runner on it the paper peels off. It's worse if you use it on a piece of paper that has been embossed. That doesn't stop me from buying it though. You'll have to try it, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:52 AM   #3  
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PTI is much heavier and has "tooth"--it's not smooth. This means that you won't have a problem with real red smearing on it, LOL! I love the feel and get lovely stamped images on it, but some people don't like the feel.

Another trick with PTI is that you have to score to get a nice fold. But it makes a wonderfully sturdy card that feels so much better than flimsier cardstock.

I use liquid glue rather than a tape runner and have never had a problem with stuff sticking.
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I stopped buying SU white and vanilla since I tried PTI. It makes the best card bases. I like the way my stamped images turn out, very uniform. Their colored paper is really nice, too. They have really nice colors that SU just doesn't have. I use PTI colored paper in addition to my SU stash, although I find I reach for my PTI more often. I do use either Mono Multi liquid glue or my ATG, so I don't have any problems getting the paper to stick together. If you're not sure, you could start out with a smaller pack to try it out.

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Old 10-20-2008, 03:41 AM   #5  
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I've only received samples of it and haven't used it in a project, so I can only comment on the fact that it is much heavier weight than SU. For a color comparison, check out Nichole Heady's blog. Scroll down and check out the links on the right side column that says "color comparison". Here she shows side by side PTI and similar colors of SU cardstock.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:54 AM   #6  
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I too have switched from SU to PTI. It seems with SU,that you never know what you are getting.Some of it is thinner than others.But,PTI has been consistent with the thickness of their paper.
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Like the others said....it's thicker. I use it in addition to my SU! CS, but have found that I've been using PTI's white and vintage cream instead of SU!'s Whisper White and Very Vanilla.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:18 AM   #8  
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I use PTI whenever I can. The only reason I keep buying SU WW and VV is to use in my CB.
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:28 AM   #9  
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I love PTI. If I didn't have all the inks, markers, eyelets, and ribbons from SU...I would totally be buying my papers and inks from PTI. There papers are beautiful. I like the thickness and colors. I too find myself reaching for PTI rather than SU. PTI ribbons are fabulous, and I like having 5 ribbon styles of each color. I've also bought PTI Black Noir ink pad and I love it. I'm ready to throw away the SU basic black pad...it stamps so purple, rather than black. I have a stazon black also, and I always reach for the Noir from PTI.
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I have both and PTI is far better quality. To be honest I really don't use the SU paper much, the colors aren't what I expected, thankfully I don't have many of them
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I just used PTI white for the first time this weekend. I went to a friends house to stamp and she has a bunch of PTI CS so I was able to see the difference between PTI and SU. Personally, I didn't see much of a difference between the colored CS. However, there is a HUGE difference between the White and Vanilla PTI. It is much heavier then SU and perfect for things like watercoloring and copic techniques. I didn't think I would ever prefer anything over SU but for my White and Vanilla, I will definately be getting PTI CS. I will stick with my SU colored CS though.
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PTI's is terrific. but, SU has a selection of neutrals that really rock. I am thinking of confetti white and confetti cream and some of the other neutrals. They have sort of a dotted appearance with other color flecks and they are nice and sturdy -- make a terrific card base.
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I love PTI for the card base... but I love stampin up for all the colors.
Plus, if you use ALL PTI... the card would weigh a TON more (not an actual ton) but anyway... for a base or for Copic coloring... PTI is better - hands down.
It's 110#, compared to 80#
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oh, and I have a hard time getting Border punches or intricate punches to work on PTI paper... it may be just me.
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My friend Barbaralynn let me use some of her PTI white, and I am truly addicted. I like their version of Very Vanilla too. Go for it!
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I just got my PTI paper this morning and I was able to play with it a bit before I had to go to an appointment, and I love it with the Copic's, which is the main reason that I bought it. I also got the Night Sky Shimmer Cardstock and I can see Christmas cards with it already. I am so glad that I was finally able to get my paper from PTI. I still like the SU CS for the color variety, but I will be using the PTI for any coloring that I have to do, it is well worth the cost of shipping IMO.
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Thanks for all in the input. I'm going to have to try it.
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I drool over my superior quality PTI CS...LOL...okay-so not exactly drooling...but almost...teehee....

It is very heavy, and you do need a scor-pal or similar to scor a crisp line.

My intricate punches have a hard time-but I just avoid using my PTI CS with those punches.
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I really want to try this, but I just haven't yet! I'm so glad that this topic came up, because I keep thinking "Should I try it?" but then I think "Oh, I have my SU!"

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I stopped buying SU white and vanilla since I tried PTI. It makes the best card bases. I like the way my stamped images turn out, very uniform. Their colored paper is really nice, too. They have really nice colors that SU just doesn't have. I use PTI colored paper in addition to my SU stash, although I find I reach for my PTI more often. I do use either Mono Multi liquid glue or my ATG, so I don't have any problems getting the paper to stick together. If you're not sure, you could start out with a smaller pack to try it out.

ETA: You should get some of their ribbon, also. It is the best ribbon I have ever used!! I can't get enough of their ribbon!!
OMG yes, the ribbon is soooo yummy, I like to get the paper, ink and ribbon that match and yes the quality is terrific.
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How would you compare the two? I've never used PTI so just wondering.
I'm glad you asked this, but how does the Neenah compare along with the SU and PTI neutrals? I understand all 3 are good, but do I really need all three, or can I purchase one for all purposes (card bases, stamping, copics, printing, dry embossing, etc.). It just seems that with so many colored papers and DPs that keeping track of 3 neutral papers would be a hassle, KWIM?

Please tell me that you have one go-to paper and you use it for everything.
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I don't think one is "better" than the other. I still prefer SU! Whisper White for two-step stamping, as the polished finish gives me a smoother stamped image than PTI.

Yes, PTI is heavier. The white is slightly whiter than SU! Whisper White. I like the PTI for one layer cards and for some coloring applications.

They have nice colors. The only problem I have with them is that if the cardstock arrives damaged, they won't replace it. I've gotten cardstock that had dinged corners and some of my friends have also received damaged cardstock. One of my friends asked them if they would replace her damaged cardstock and they said it wasn't their fault, it was UPS or the USPS that did it. I hope they've fixed that problem, because I'd really like to get more of their colors, but I hesitate knowing that has been a problem for me and others in the past. I know that if my cardstock comes damaged from SU!, they replace it no questions asked.
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