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Old 05-05-2005, 07:56 PM   #1  
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I'm a demo, so most of what I make are card fronts. When I'm making a sample for my Stamp Camp, I do make it into a whole card. When I'm doing card fronts only, I don't give any thought to writing inside it (obviously! <g>). But sometimes I use a dark cardstock for the card base (eggplant envy for example). Do you use colored cardstock for your card bases? What do you do about making whatever you write in your card show up on the dark cardstock? Or do you just write in black ink and not worry about it?

Just wondering what everyone does. If I put the card front on a white or vanilla base card, then it seems "front heavy", if you know what I mean!

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Old 05-05-2005, 08:03 PM   #2  
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I always use colored cardstock. And now that we have a white gel pen available. . . . darker is good, too!
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Yes, I do think about this. If I'm designing a card that I will actually give to someone (as opposed to a card for a swap or submitting to a magazine), I try to use a lighter-coloured card stock; or one that I can at least write on with a normal pen. Because I prefer a dark outline around the card, often I'll rub the edges of the card with a dark-coloured ink. The lighter the card stock, the more likely I am to do this. I rarely make the card base out of white or vanilla, preferring a medium colour. Ballet blue, brocade blue, most of the soft subtles, gable green, creamy caramel, close to cocoa, and bordering blue all make excellent base colours. HTH.
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I usually cut a piece of white, or ivory depending on what color scheme I am working with, 1/8 inch smaller all the way around then I lightly sponge the edges with the color of the cardstock and mount it on the inside of card. For instance with your example of eggplant envy I would use that color of ink and lightly sponge or daub all the way around the edges. I would then write whatever I wanted to on the inside with black ink.
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I do something similar to mightymouse. I cut my white or vanilla paper smaller and attach it to the inside of the card. I don't sponge any color on the edges, but I think that is a great idea.

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If the card base is dark cardstock, I always mount a piece of complimentary light cardstock on the inside of the card for the stamped or written sentiment/signature. I always stamp a coordinating something on it as well... doesn't seem finished if I don't. Granted, the cards I make are for my personal use or for gifts - I'm sure I would re-think this if I wasn't a hobby demo and was planning for workshops, etc.
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I switched to all colored cardstock about 2 months ago. I can't hardly stand to use white as a base anymore, LOL! I'm addicted to the "look" of a solid card....
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Old 05-05-2005, 09:31 PM   #8  
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This is one case in which I use a non-SU paper. I buy the cheapest white cardstock available, trim it to just smaller than the inside of my SU cardstock, sponge or distress the edges to coordinate, and mount. Then I can write my message.

Why do I do this? Because the cheap paper is much lighter weight, so I avoid adding unnecessary extra weight to the card. Works for me!!

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When I use dark card stock I use decorative scissors to cut computer paper a bit smaller than the card then run double stick tape down the center and tape it inside the card.
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Old 05-05-2005, 09:43 PM   #10  
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armadillo,

love your idea of using decorative scissors to cut the white paper for the inside of the card.

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i have noticed that it is really easy to just write in a light gel pen, for most people. if i am sending the card to my grandma (or any older person) i make sure i put a white/ivory base down. it also makes the card look more "finished" inside.
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I have a paper called parchment that I sometimes use for the inside of dark cards. Cut it slighty smaller than your folded card, stamp your message and punch holes in the spine and use ribbon, hemp whatever to hold it together. It looks sorta like a book, if my meaning is unclear. Another way to do it I saw on Carol D. After you fold your card, score about 1/4" in from fold. Then punch holes (2 or 3) and use brads or eyelets to secure. The score line gives a place for the card to open smoothly.
I like to emboss my greeting in dark cards, also.
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Old 05-06-2005, 05:33 AM   #13  
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I always use colored card stock...

You can use the Zig painty pen inside the the card on the darker colors. There is a silver tip and a gold tip...may not work for every color combo but looks great on some!
Also, the white uniball that's in the summer mini is awesome!
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I always use colored cardstock. And now that we have a white gel pen available. . . . darker is good, too!
I cut a lighter for the inside sometimes. Othertimes I use a gold or silver pen to write on the dark CS. I had to add the white gel pen to my pre-order. My customers are always asking this question so I know they will buy it if I demo it.
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:19 AM   #15  
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I am traditional enough to like printed verses on the inside. If I can plan far enough ahead, I run the lighter cardstock base through the printer before doing the card. has anyone tried lighter color ink on darker cardstock?
Armadillo - do you decorate the computer paper?
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:25 AM   #16  
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I'm glad that I read this thread, because it has given me some great ideas. I like the idea about sponging the edges of a lighter colored CS and also the one using a decorative pair of scissors to trim the edges.

I also use colored CS for the base of the card. I have a gold and silver pen from Creative Memories which works well on the darker CS. On the lighter CS, I just use a darker SU marker than the color CS that I'm working with. I will have to get the white SU pen when it's available.

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I use dark colored cardstock. I have silver and gold gel pens that write nicely on the darker cardstock.
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To esdas- no I don't stamp on the computer paper when I use it as an insert. I have stamped on computer paper but it doesn't come out very well, probably because I have cheap paper that I get for free from Office Max when I turn in an ink cartridge.

Another thing I will some times do with dark cardstock is to stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, trim with decorative scissors and edge with ink. Sometimes I will put a torn piece of used dryer sheet behind the stamped piece. Hope this makes sense.
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When I use dark cardtock, I sign with a silver gel pen.
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Looks like I'm in the minority here! I almost always use a neutral base card (US White, US Vanilla, Confetti White or Confetti Cream) and mount a card front on it. Sometimes I trim the card front a bit smaller than the base so there will be a small (1/8" or so) border of the base card showing. I think it looks more professional and I tend to use a LOT of notecards so I like to maximize the writing area.
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i'm in the minority with you spammie! i almost always use a neutral card base. the exception is if i'm using a color that is very pale to begin with (blush blossom, barely banana etc) and the neutral card base wouldn't set it off very well. then i'll use a full colored card.

my customers really seem to prefer the neutral card bases for the same reason i do--it's easy to write in them and easy to read what's written. i generally leave the insides of my cards blank so i have plenty of room to write a little note, for me that generally means using both sides of the inside of my card. layering a little piece of white in there wouldn't cut it for my personal use.
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Spammie, Nary Jane and Speedystamper . . . are we related???? That's what I do, too! I used to use full cards in a dark base cardstock, but not anymore. Now I use a neutral base (unless I am already using a light colored base) and mount my card front to the base. It helps me save a little money . . . and my clients seem to prefer this. Most of the people that I sell cards to wouldn't own a gel pen . . . and some might not even know what a gel pen was! What a great thread. I've enjoyed reading the responses.
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I always put a computer printed insert printed on white paper inside my cards. I then match the ink to the card or use gold ink. I vary the font depending on whether it is a traditional or funky card and also to the person I am sending it to.
I love the professional look it gives. Also, with the cards I sell I ask the person who buys it what they would like inside and tailor it to what they want.
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Forgot to mention another reason I like to use a neutral base - I don't go through colored paper as fast as I used to, because can get four cardfronts out of each sheet.
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If I want my "bottom" layer to be a dark color I will then make my next layer (a lighter color) the actual part that opens up and crop that layer slightly smaller. The dark (bottom) layer a 1/4 piece of c/s.

dark "bottom" 1/4 c/s = 5.5 x 4.25
ligher (next up from bottom) = 5.25 x 4

This way you get the dark c/s around the sides of the card that you wanted.

I hope this makes sense!
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