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Old 10-20-2008, 12:53 AM   #1
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I use SU cardstock, however, I usually mount in on Georgia Pacific #110 cardstock from Walmart to make the SU go farther. I can make 4 cards instead of 2 by doing it this way. Alot of people I send the cards to wouldn't know the difference, but a stamper would. I would like opinions on this. Can't decide if I should just break down and spend more money buying more SU cardstock or continuing doing it the way I've been doing it.
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I don't have an answer but I have a question. Are you mounting your SU paper on white cardstock? I've done that too to stretch my precious SU paper. In my opinion my cards looked OK. I will be interested in seeing what others think.
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I always make card fronts about 1/4" smaller than my card base (4" x 5 1/4"), then mount them on the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. As long as the paper you are using for the base is sturdy enough, I'd say you're okay.
I find SU! Whisper White too flimsy, so I use Papertrey Ink white for my card bases.
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I use SU cardstock, however, I usually mount in on Georgia Pacific #110 cardstock from Walmart to make the SU go farther. I can make 4 cards instead of 2 by doing it this way. Alot of people I send the cards to wouldn't know the difference, but a stamper would. I would like opinions on this. Can't decide if I should just break down and spend more money buying more SU cardstock or continuing doing it the way I've been doing it.
I think it is fine. I also have done this to make my cardstock go further.
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I do this often. More so lately than in the past. In part to save some money because, as the OP said, you can get 4 cards out of one sheet of SU and use the GP110 -which is much less expensive for the base. The other reason is that I have been building a lot of layers lately and it's easier to do that then attach to a card base rather than trying to build on a card base. The third would be that I am using a lot of darker colors for the bottom layer, and if I used that bottom layer as my card base, I wouldn't be able to write a message inside that could be seen unless I used a white gel pen. And some of my recipients have poor eyesight (I send to older folks) so they can't see white ink on a dark bg.

I don't think there is anything wrong with this idea at all. As a stamper, when I receive a card from another stamper that is made this way, I have never thought that she cheaped out.
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You're a lady after my own heart. I ALWAYS mount my SU CS on GW paper unless the particular design of the card requires that I use an entire sheet of SU CS. When I receive cards, I don't note whether the base is white or colored. Just keep doing what you're doing and have a great week.

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i do this all the time.

i have found vanilla envelopes as well so i bought some vanilla CS at staples. they work well together.

i prefer a vanilla base for some colors.

i started doing this a long time ago. as mentioned, the darker colors of CS needed either a white gel pen to write in it or i would put a liner sheet inside.

i decided it was easier to just mount the card front to a white/vanilla base. PLUS... more cards from one piece of CS.
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I agree with everyone else - I do it all the time. Once in a while I'll use SU for the card base, but only when I want it to be a color, and usually it's the lighter colors due to writing on the inside. I also have starting watching my layering due to postage prices. I sell my cards and people want something they can put one stamp on, not have to go and have it weighed and postage added. I love so many of the cards I see, but I know that the postage would be so much, they wouldn't sell.
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I believe that it is important that the base cardstock is not flimsy and sturdy enough to hold the card. I do happen to use this white card stock also - most of the time. (Unless the white is too much for the card and I need an off white or something.)

I thing that a "true stamper" would appreciate the thought, art, time, and effort put into the card and not pick apart where the paper came from.

That's my 2 cents.
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I do that every time...and if you do need to write inside...or stamp inside, its already white!
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But then isn't your card base white, every time? I guess I like having a variey of colors to choose from for card bases...maybe I should look at some of your examples...

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I do this too, though I could not find the GP cardstock at my Wallys world at my last visit! GASP! It would just be too expensive to use thw *good* stuff for my bases, I make sooo many cards.
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But then isn't your card base white, every time? I guess I like having a variey of colors to choose from for card bases...maybe I should look at some of your examples...

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i always use a white or vanilla base. i create a 'card front' (standard A2 size) and then attach it to the base.

you don't see the base from the front of the card.

i hope i haven't caused confusion... i am not the best at explaining things.
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I don't have an answer but I have a question. Are you mounting your SU paper on white cardstock? I've done that too to stretch my precious SU paper. In my opinion my cards looked OK. I will be interested in seeing what others think.
Yes, I am mounting my SU on good quality white cardstock.
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I use the GP white 110# almost exclusively for my bases...I make so many cards that I have to. I would not be able to afford all the cardstock it would take for my soldier project if I did it any other way. The cards are still very nice.
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I have always used GP110 White. Its a nice heavy base.
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I do this too, though I could not find the GP cardstock at my Wallys world at my last visit! GASP! It would just be too expensive to use thw *good* stuff for my bases, I make sooo many cards.
I, too, have bought mine at Walmart and do the same as many of the ladies here. I don't mind having all my cards white - just makes it easier to put a sentiment in. In any case, my most recent purchase of the 110 was from Sam's. It was $7.22 for 250 sheets. I think at Walmart it is about $5 for 150 sheets. So, if you have a Sam's Club, check there, too.

I don't have a Sam's membership so I relied on the good heart of a good friend.

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I say do what works for you. I have never used SU, not big in my area, and I use GP for stamping. Usually use some other type of layer to make it sturdier, sometimes PTI cardstock.

But just another note...If the person I am sending a card to is inspecting the supplies of the card and not appreciating the sentiment, then I don't think I would be sending them any more cards!
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I always make card fronts about 1/4" smaller than my card base (4" x 5 1/4"), then mount them on the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. As long as the paper you are using for the base is sturdy enough, I'd say you're okay.
I find SU! Whisper White too flimsy, so I use Papertrey Ink white for my card bases.
Quick question: I checked out papertrey's website. The cardstock is same weight at GP at walmart/110. Why do you still prefer Papertrey? Maybe I am missing something,
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Wow, I'm glad a lot of you responded that you mount your card fronts on the GP cardstock.

I don't because I like the feel of the heavier SU! for the base. Maybe I should stop being such a "card base snob" and use the GP for the base. lol
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i too do a white/vanilla/kraft base.. I don't like have a different coloured inside. i like being able write in a black pen, and have it be seen. and you're right, it make the expensive paper go a little further. although i don't think canadian walmarts have georgia pacific so my card bases are either prism or PTI.
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what great suggestions! I'm going to look for GP110# the next time I go to one of my office supply stores. Anything I can do to stretch the SU cs is a good thing.
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Thanks for all the input. I like using the white but any time I receive a card from an scs'er it's always on SU so I was just wondering if I was the only one using white for the base!
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Well, the SU paper is gtreat, but not the weight of the *GP White*.

I use it for a lot of my bases and it can hold the layers. You can always sponge a bit of color around the edges if you want to soften the look.
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I actually never thought to use the GP as the base. I've used it primarily to stamp an image and color. I'll have to try this especially as someone else said the next layer is colored.
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Quick question: I checked out papertrey's website. The cardstock is same weight at GP at walmart/110. Why do you still prefer Papertrey? Maybe I am missing something,

I tried the GP paper from Walmart and was not pleased with the way it took ink when stamping or using various coloring mediums. I also didn't find it to be as sturdy, even though it's supposed to be the same weight.
PTI is great on all counts....and it's a very bright white, too!
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Do you mean that there is a solid color of cardstock folded in a card shape that is 4 x 5 1/4 and then you glue that onto a white piece that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2?
I dont think I have ever seen that. Or do you mean you make the "card" part that is folded, in white??

I always make the card base a color that coordinates with the color shceme of my card and not white or cream.

I just like them to be matchy-matchy all the way through.

If I am making a single layer notecard then the whole card may be white or cream but otherwise it always has to match the layers on the front of my card.

I have gotten cards with white bases and different colors of layers and it doesnt bother me at all, I still like the card, it's just not the way I do things.
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I think that if you are doing it this way it is important to have your edges match EXACTLY then there is no problem. It saves you from having to cut a white/vanilla insert to put inside (That is what I usually do)
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I use Staples white cardstock to mount my card fronts onto. My mom uses GP cardstock. Save your $$ and use a generic brand white cardstock.
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I use GP/generic CS.
Works for me. I like to layer and like 'momis' I will bring the first layer as close to the edge as possible.
That said, I do use SU/PTI colours for really one of a kind/special cards.
I don't think anybody notices. I don't. I LOVE the card and the giver/maker.
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I use xerox cs 110# from office depot. Card front can be A2 size, or 5 1/4 x 4, depending on my mood. We all must watch our pennies these days, and papercraft supplies will be my last 'extras' to give up....we need to pay the mortgage, eat and buy gas so we can go to work....the other stuff can wait....except craft supplies!!!
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I really need to read this - I have used GP cardstock forever - only so much money to spend on SU orders and it always went to stamps - haha. I am now a hobby demo with SU and trying to build my cardstock but don't want to change my GP bases. I do have one workshop coming in Dec and we are doing Christmas cards - all will be with SU cardstock but my samples of other cards will be on GP cardstock - can't afford it any other way. I purchase what I like regardless who it's made by - I figure there are enough rules in life and my creativity is for me Just be yourself - that is what makes it you.
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I make sure my edges match because I like the cards to look nice. I get tons of compliments from friends on how nice the cards are so I think I'll just stick with the white card base.
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