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Old 01-16-2009, 12:37 PM   #1  
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Very Disappointed with cardstock purchased at Joann! Anyone else with same problem???

As many of you know I am working on my very first card. I bought some cardstock at Joann's yesterday and I hate how the folded crease looks, it looks chipped or something....Has anyone else experienced the same problem? Please let me know

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:39 PM   #2  
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As many of you know I am working on my very first card. I bought some cardstock at Joann's yesterday and I hate how the folded crease looks, it looks chipped or something....Has anyone else experienced the same problem? Please let me know

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If you use some sort of scoring tool along the fold line first, it will keep this from happening. I've had it happen with Die Cuts With a View cardstock if I didn't score first.
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Are you talking about "The Paper Company" value packs? The quality is not good and it's too thin. But as "cbet" just mentioned, having a scoring tool helps a lot. I use the Scor-Pal before I do my folds. Then use a bone folder to hold the crease.
I had a pack of these from Joann's during the holidays when they were on sale. I didn't care for them. I use them for masking my stamped images and for craft projects for my nieces & nephews. I certainly wouldn't recommend them for making your cards. I would recommend any cardstock that is around 80lb paper weight. Anything thicker is a bit harder to fold. If you have a Michael's near you, I'd go there. They have more card-making supplies than Joann's. I would look through the cardstock they carry and pick a few to try out if you don't want to invest just yet. Take a sheet of the cardstock you got from Joann's to compare and find something a little thicker. I think those are 40lb paper weight. HTH
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Okay I'm sorry I'm very new to this. So use the scoring tool over a traced line?
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Okay I'm sorry I'm very new to this. So use the scoring tool over a traced line?

you can just use a ruler and run the scoring tool along the straight edge
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No you don't have to trace a line first, just run the scoring tool down the middle of the card stock you wish to fold. So if you were folding say a 10 inch piece of card stock, you run the scoring tool down the 5 inch line. You can use a bone folder. Do you have a fiskars paper trimmer? You use the "track" on it to keep your line straight.

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I purchased the DCWV cardstock for cardmaking textured
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What's a scor-pal/bone folder? Is that the scoring tool?
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What's a scor-pal/bone folder? Is that the scoring tool?

check out some of these you tube videos about the scor-pal
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Thanks for all your help/suggestions. I really liked the scor-pal! Gonna add it to my wish list
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Paper has a grain, you can tell which way it runs by bending, but not folding your paper. The way which bends easier is the direction of the grain. You'll get the nicest folds by going with the grain. The choppy fold lines are when you're going against the grain.

All that said, the DCWV paper is colored on the outside, white core in the center. I find that their paper is tougher to fold nicely no matter which direction you're going.

Definitely look into some type of scoring tool, it will teach the paper where you want it to go, and you'll end up with nicer folds.
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Also, I noticed you said you bought the textured paper. I have had this same issue as well. So since it has the white core as phunkymama said, I have found that if I distress all the edges with a sandpaper block, it makes the bumps go away and gives it a uniform look.
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I have pulled out an extra one or two Pampered Chef stone scrappers to use as a folder to solidify the fold/crease.
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Thanks ladies I will try your suggestions. I'm gonna go to Joann to buy the boner atleast to start off with.
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Martha Stewarts bone folder is not as expensive. Walmart carries her brand. Couple dollars cheeper.
As for card stock I only use SU's card stock for my cards. I like the quality of it and how it looks when folded.
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Being a newer stamper also, you definately will want to stay with Stampin Up cardstock. You can't beat it!
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When I first started I bought paper at Joanns also. I have since sent it all home with my granddaughter to use. A lot of their card stock does not have color all the way thru the paper. I use nothing but stampin up paper.

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I love SU paper for my card bases...good weight, nice selection of colors, etc. I have some cardstock from Joanns & Michaels, but now I use it for mats rather than as a card base. I'll use it for trying new stamps, inks, tools out before using my SU cardstock.

If you don't have a bone folder yet, you can use the back of a butter knife or a ballpoint pen that doesn't write any longer. I don't have a ScorPal, so I use the channel in my paper trimmer to give me a straight line.
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I only use Stampin'Up Paper for my projects, If I come across any other type of paper I still own I only use it to layer between my S.U. Cardstock. I have just found over the years there is no substitute for S.U. Paper. I have been stamping for 14 yrs and finally became a demo two yrs ago. I still have oodles of non S.U. product and so try to use it up. HTH

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Don't let the SU crowd convince you that *ONLY* SU products are any good.

There are LOTS of good companies out there. Read through some more threads and get some varied information. DCWV- I think that's the one you said you bought- makes some beautiful papers and cardstocks. For basic white, Georgia Pacific sells a very inexpensive and very good quality cardstock, which can be found at Walmart.

I am guessing that your problem was with folding the cardstock, not with its quality. It takes some practice, figuring out the best way for you, and maybe a few tools. Start with a bone folder and a ruler- you don't need a scor-pal although it is nice to have.

You don't need MOST of the stuff that gets touted here. Having the fancy equipment is fun- but NOT NECESSARY to make beautiful cards.

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