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Old 06-17-2014, 07:06 AM   #1  
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Do you buy ready made or cut your own? Thanks,
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I most often make A2 size cards, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, and I make my own. You can get two bases from one piece of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.

I also usually make a "card front" and attach it to the base, so I use white card stock for my bases.
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I buy white ones, but make the others.

Tip: it's a lot easier to make your own with a score board of some sort. For scoring cards, I really like the Martha Stewart portable sized one. I think you can get it for $5-6 at Michael's with a coupon.
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I always make my own. I have a score board and off I go.

Most of my cards are 7 x 5. I just find that size gives me more room, for my images and all of the bling and embellishments that I like to use.
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I mostly use the 5" x 6 1/2" cards from Hobby Lobby. I like the larger size.
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I make my own. Why buy card bases when I have all the paper on my stamp table.
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I always used to buy ready-made white, and cut anything else myself.
But the place I used to buy from closed down - now I buy direct from her supplier by mail-order, but it's cheaper for me to get full sheets and cut and score it myself. I buy the square ones ready-made from them, since that's definitely more cost-effective than cutting my own, and I make a lot of square cards. I tend to cut and score about fifty at a time, that way it's not something I have to do when I'm making the card.
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I make bigger cards (8.5 inches x 5.5 inches front) so I score my own.

I have a score pal but if I knew then what I know now I would get the Martha Stewart board because the right edge limits my scores and the score lines being closer. I do like the mat to cover my Scorpal though.
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I make bigger cards (8.5 inches x 5.5 inches front) so I score my own.
That's a really big card. The recipients must be delighted!
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I make my own as well. I make up a whole raft of white bases to have on hand (which reminds me, it's time to make some), and I make a few each of my colored paper and have them on hand as well. I hate having to get paper out for bases.
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That's a really big card. The recipients must be delighted!
Yes and no on the size - because TBH it is really comparable to the sizes in stores. I didn't want my family/friends (main recipients) to think that smaller was cheaper so always go for a larger size for events (Birthdays/Weddings/Anniversaries/Special Christmas for Mom, Dad, etc). Thank yous, correspondence and general Christmas are the A2 size for me. Keeps it interesting.
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I make my own as well. I make up a whole raft of white bases to have on hand (which reminds me, it's time to make some), and I make a few each of my colored paper and have them on hand as well. I hate having to get paper out for bases.
LOL - I'm the opposite I hate having to store card bases. I have loads of prebought that I never use. Maybe I will cut them up.
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I usually only use white for my card bases, so I cut and score about 50 bases at a time to have those on hand. If I want a different size or colour, then I'll cut/score as needed when needed. Once in a while, I'll use premade bases if I'm making a bunch the same (like Christmas cards) and its a colour cardstock I wouldn't normally buy. Just about the only ones that I do buy on a regular basis though is black since I get the black envelopes with them.
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I don't like the quality of pre-made cards so I fold my own.

I usually pick my base to match after I've made the main panel so it's easier to wait until I need a card base. Every time I've folded cardstock for bases ahead of time I forget I've done so and they sit in a drawer unused.
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I like to buy them because even after 4 years of drafting in HS I am apparently scor/cut challenged LOL. I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE why, but I can not for the life of me manage to scor and cut a card base evenly. And though I sold most of my card making supplies I do watercolor note cards and such..so I just buy those pre made from strathmore. I think in this life there are something that are worth a little extra $$ for peace of mind..for me, that was buying pre made card bases LOL
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I make my own. Fortunately we own a print shop so I can use the huge guillotine cutter to cut massive quantities of cardstock and we have a scoring machine that scores them quickly. I fold them while watching TV. I prepare massive quantities a few times a year because a group of us have a day twice a year to make cards for the troops for From Our Hearts.

Once in a while I buy blank cards that are made of special cardstock like shimmery blue if they are on sale. I have found sets of notecards at Ollie's for $0.99 or $1.99 once in a while.
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I've bought a few card/envelope packages in the past (mostly because the envelopes were included), but I've found that the quality varies widely. I have an envelope punch board and five lifetimes' supply of papers and cardstock, so now I make my own bases and envelopes.

I was attempting a purge of all of my cardstock scraps a while back and cut and scored as many scraps as possible to make various sizes of bases - from the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" love notes, to square bases ranging from 2" (for gift tags) to 5" or so, to A2. I have all of those in a basket on a shelf (organized by size, of course), and I look there first before cutting into a new piece of colored card. If a piece was large enough for a card front, I didn't cut it down or score it - just left it alone and added it to a section of my scrap drawer reserved for that purpose...
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I use the GP white for all the bases on my donated cards. The 250 pack willmake 500 cards. I normally have the package of 250 cut at Office Depot then I sit and score andfold them all. I am set for quite awile doing it like this. I always make my own. Personal cards might have a colored base but I also use better quality cardstock for my personal cards.
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I used to buy white/ivory card bases when I first started stamping. I thought everyone here made their own card bases, so I'm surprised by the response. I definitely see the advantage of having a larger card for special occasions.
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I do both... Make my own when I want a certain color, or use pre-packaged to just to crank out a bunch of cards.
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I always used to buy ready-made white, and cut anything else myself.
But the place I used to buy from closed down - now I buy direct from her supplier by mail-order, but it's cheaper for me to get full sheets and cut and score it myself. I buy the square ones ready-made from them, since that's definitely more cost-effective than cutting my own, and I make a lot of square cards. I tend to cut and score about fifty at a time, that way it's not something I have to do when I'm making the card.
Would you share your supplier? Are they wholesale only? Thanks.
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I like to buy them because even after 4 years of drafting in HS I am apparently scor/cut challenged LOL. I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE why, but I can not for the life of me manage to scor and cut a card base evenly. And though I sold most of my card making supplies I do watercolor note cards and such..so I just buy those pre made from strathmore. I think in this life there are something that are worth a little extra $$ for peace of mind..for me, that was buying pre made card bases LOL
Thank you for posting this!! I have an SU scoring tool, plus the cutter that has a scoring option, and MANY times my cards still don 't come out quite evenly. I do not sell many cards (and when I do, it is to close friends who request 1 or 2) so I haven't been overly concerned...just annoyed! LOL

I have occasionally purchased pre-folded bases, but didn't care for the weight. And I am hesitant to spend lots (more) money on this hobby. sigh. My cards just have an extra touch of uniqueness!

If I was even remotely OCD, I would have given up card making years ago
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Thank you for posting this!! I have an SU scoring tool, plus the cutter that has a scoring option, and MANY times my cards still don 't come out quite evenly. I do not sell many cards (and when I do, it is to close friends who request 1 or 2) so I haven't been overly concerned...just annoyed! LOL

I have occasionally purchased pre-folded bases, but didn't care for the weight. And I am hesitant to spend lots (more) money on this hobby. sigh. My cards just have an extra touch of uniqueness!

If I was even remotely OCD, I would have given up card making years ago
Double check you are folding the card down after scoring without flipping the cardstock. I have been known to use the corner of my Score Pal to make sure I get it square.
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I always make my own card bases, of all kinds of sizes. I always use a quality cardstock for the base. I have several Score-Pals and it's fun to make envelopes too. I don't always make my own envelopes though, as it's easier to use a premade envelope. I did buy a box of white pre-made bases once just for the envelopes that came with them! This package was on sale of course!
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I only use SU! CS and make my own except when they had the precut Pool Party ones on the Clearance Rack for $1.99 a pack, yes please!
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I have always made my own bases. I generally stick to A2 cards, so I used to use any 110# cardstock I could find from Staples in a ream. I just recently switched to a heavier weight (watercolor paper) but I will still cut my own. I wouldn't do it any other way. Sometimes I am given envelope and card packs as a gift, but I save them for my daughter to make cards ... or ... better yet re-gift them to people along with some cardmaking supplies to get them into the craft!
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I do a mixture of both, I make such a variety of card sizes and shapes that sometimes it's nice to reach out to a blank white or cream ready scored cards but I have to make sure it folds evenly .. old habits die hard.
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I make my own color card bases as needed. For white, I take my paper to the office supply store (Staples, etc) and have them cut the paper in half and it's really cheap. If I buy the cardstock at Staples, it's free.
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I would say I make about 98% of all my card bases. I either cut my a4 (uk size) in half or I make 5" square blanks from it.
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Both.
I used to only buy pre-mades when I first started at Micheals etc. But I dont really love the weight and their sizes are weird -not true A2 A6 or A7 and when I was trying to learn sizes that really was screwing me up. (remember when we were trying to learn sizes, keep dye and pigments straight, etc etc-ok, I still am with some stuff lol) Also the envelopes are so thin if you do embellishments like rhinestones it could tear.

Having said that, I am a TOTAL sale junkie. If I see a good sale..I will get that pack and find a way to use it later. So I have some of those around.

I do also cut paper myself. I keep about 10-15 of white, black, ivory A2 pre cut in a little plastic basket along with A2 layers, liners, scraps close in size. I have a big box of pre cut colors in A2 I did to use up paper when I got overloaded (a summer when TJ Maxx was bringing in AC pads for cheap) and I try to go to that first. When it's gone, I wont do it again but would cut colors as needed. I also keep those precuts in there. I have a second box with a combo of A6, A7, square, shaped, etc that I bought on sale. My hope down the road is I will combine the pre cut A2s into this box and use that one for something else.

I do also buy stationary though...like if Hallmark is having a clearance sale or I find Cranes at TJ Maxx...I will buy plain note cards or stationary sets and emboss them as gifts or use myself. My current set of generic sympathies are bumped up Hallmarks. I just add my own stamp to the back or mention it to the recipient.

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I also make my own.....I like the fact that its hand crafted from start to finish.
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So glad someone started this thread.... I am looking for 120lb white card stock for my bases. The company I was buying from went out of business .
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Anchor Paper sells really nice, heavyweight cardstock. I use it for my base, and pre-cut and score my own. I love really heavyweight cardstock for a card base.
Seems like a "classier" card than using flimsy cardstock.

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When I first started making cards, I bought my card bases. Now, I cut and score my own using my SU trimmer. I like my card bases to match the DSP I am using, so I normally prepare my bases when I making cards and not ahead of time.
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Can you tell me exactly the name of the anchor paper? I am having trouble negoitating that site and that way I can just search on it.

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I make my own but when I need a large quantity I take a whole package to Office Max and have them cut it in half for a dollar or two.
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Be careful when purchasing 120 lb cardstock. Not all makes are the same. Try it out first before buying a lot. ( I learned this the hard way.) Now I have a lot of cardstock that is great weight for a card base but can't be used for that because it cracks when I fold on the score line. Not right through. Just fibers split all the way along the fold.

I have tried varying the pressure of the score- heavier works best - still splits
I have tried misting and then folding - paper marks
I have tried sanding lightly - it shows - slight color variation

Any other ideas would be appreciated. I would love to use this cardstock as a card base, if at all possible.
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Be careful when purchasing 120 lb cardstock. Not all makes are the same. Try it out first before buying a lot. ( I learned this the hard way.) Now I have a lot of cardstock that is great weight for a card base but can't be used for that because it cracks when I fold on the score line. Not right through. Just fibers split all the way along the fold.

I have tried varying the pressure of the score- heavier works best - still splits
I have tried misting and then folding - paper marks
I have tried sanding lightly - it shows - slight color variation

Any other ideas would be appreciated. I would love to use this cardstock as a card base, if at all possible.
GinaK made a video on how to score her heavy 120 lb cardstock.

Hope this helps you out!

http://stamptv.ning.com/video/crack-...dstock-folding
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