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Old 08-20-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Absolute Must-Haves in Card Stock Colors???

As a newbie to card making (I LOVE IT!), I'm still doggie-paddling along as I discover all the VERY COOL tools and products available!
(Does our household >really< need things like food or electricity? Isn't water enough? There're too many GREAT things to buy!!!! haha)

About paper/card stock, I know that your color inventory largely reflects your personal card making style.
With that being said, what do you guys consider your must-have paper colors and types?
Why?
If you were tasked to put together a card making paper kit for beginners, what would you add?


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Old 08-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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I'd say neutrals.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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I tend to gravitate toward earthy tones (greens, browns, blues). Also, a good white and a good ivory are must-haves for me.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:03 PM   #4
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I would recommend Gina K. or PTI as sources for white and vanilla cardstock for card bases. Very sturdy stuff and good for different coloring mediums.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:05 PM   #5
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I think it's good to have some kraft, cream, and white for bases. Get a combo pack of cardstock colors, and see what you use from there! Usually combo packs from places like Papertrey Ink (my personal fave!), Stampin Up, Gina K, etc...have some shades of red, blue, yellow, green, pink...see what you gravitate toward the most, then stock up on those in single packs!
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:24 PM   #6
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can't go wrong with black, red, green and blue. neutrals you should have on hand are white, kraft, and vanilla.
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Cardstock has been my biggest neglect in my spending. I mainly purchase my inks/stamps/cardstock through Close To My Heart. With them, I've been buying the combo packs. I like getting 4 sheets of 6 different colors. My 'plan' was to each month buy another combo back (they have a total of 10 different combos).

Before I even made round one finished, I've already bought my 2nd pack of one of the color families. I find the colors I use most are the 'autumn'. Terra Cotta, a nice dark (but not navy) blue, barn red, etc. I have yet to buy a pack of black and white.

If I ever hit the lottery I'm buying 2 packs of each color family!

(Not going to happen, I don't even play the lottery)
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:23 AM   #8
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Georgia Pacific had a 150 sheet pack of 110 lb cardstock that is a really good weight for cards. Had a nice smooth finish and have had good luck using watercolor crayons with blender pens with no pilling. I found it at wal mart for around $6.00.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:32 PM   #9
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Neutrals like white and vanilla are always needed. And I love Kraft card stock too.

Colors depend on the season for me. This time of year is when I like to make cards the most so I want rusts, deep reds, oranges, darker greens, olive greens, deep purples, and maybe some blues for Christmas cards.
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Neutrals like white and vanilla are always needed. And I love Kraft card stock too.

Colors depend on the season for me. This time of year is when I like to make cards the most so I want rusts, deep reds, oranges, darker greens, olive greens, deep purples, and maybe some blues for Christmas cards.
I agree! White and vanilla are musts. I don't think you can go wrong with black and neutrals then let the season guide you. Maybe picking up a pack of DP and then coordinate your colors from there!
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:33 AM   #11
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Papertrey Ink (PTI) Cream, White, and Kraft for bases. Then, maybe find an SU demo and order the packs of assorted cardstock for layering so you can get a feel for what colors you really use.

PTI's assorted cardstock is also great, but because it is so thick, if you do a lot of layering with it, you'll have quite a heavy card.
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Stampin Up has wonderful quality cardstock.
I use LOTS of Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink. I'm loving some of the new colors....Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Dafodil and Peach Parfait.

I like only certain color combos. pink/brown, blue/brown, yellow/gray, blue/gray, celery/pink, light blue/red, kraft/blue, brown/yellow and a few other I can't think of now.

I don't like to buy packs of color families because there are too many colors I don't use.
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I did purchase and am glad I did, the SU starter pack with the current colors changes, it has 24 sheets, 2 each of the 12 colors, for 6.95. then you can play along with the tuesday color challenges on this site. I also really love concord grape, and they have the in color assortment for the same price
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:33 AM   #14
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well I would think that if you are making cards for
upcoming holidays.....you would prefer to go with
colors to go with that season/holiday!

Halloween...orange/black
Fall/thanksgiving....rust, yellows pumpkin, browns...etc
Christmas........reds, greens and whatever color theme you choose.
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yes neutrals for sure. I use kraft and vintage cream alot. PTI
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I started out getting SU cardstock in the combo packs. I then could try lots of colors and buy packs of single colors as I figured out which colors I used a lot, and which ones not to buy. I do use a lot of neutrals, earthy colors and pastels. I'm pretty eclectic.

ETA - I love SU because it also has all the embelishments that coordinate.
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Definitely get some combo packs plus white, cream and a few shades of brown. You will find that with the combo packs you will soon find your favorite colors to use, and then you can confidently choose full sized packs of those colors. Years ago, when I first started building my cardstock stash, I bought up tons (I mean TONS) of the Bazzill fourz paper packs and to this day I would say I still have about 85% of it left. Bright neon greens, oranges, pinks, yuck! Colors I will never use.
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Definately neutrals and then combo packs so you can learn what you like.

The best advice I should have known when I started is you do not need it all - really, you don't. If you find some designer scrapbook paper buy a sheet or two of matching paper because unless you are buying SU you probably won't be able to match that color again.

Buy quality cardstock - don't buy the less expensive papers as you will never be satisfied. It's only good for layering. Stack pads are a waste for me. I use about 1/2 the stack and rest I don't like.

I have a wise friend that only buys paper when she is making a specific project. It makes her go to the LSS more often but she doesn't have a ton of paper that she won't use. I wish I had her restraint.
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These are my currently most used papers

turquoise (tempting turquoise)
light shade of turquoise (retired soft sky)
light/soft shade of pink (pretty in pink or pink pirhouette)
dark shade of pink (but not bright) (rose red)
light shade of blue (bashful blue)
dark brown (chocolate chip)
dark gray (basic gray)
mid green (wild wasabi)
olive green (old olive)
kraft (crumb cake)

I am currently using SU papers only that is why I included the SU names.

Then I use white for stamping on and coloring, and for layering.

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a really nice red (I have real red but think I would like the new SU poppy parade more)
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White, cream, dark brown, black, kraft, gray

those are the ones I use the most.

I think everyone needs a fab crimson red.

Then I'd get a few shades of whatever your favorite color is because whatever it is it will go great with those neutrals.

The best advice is get high quality cardstock. Seriously this will be the best money you spend. I personally like Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up! and Gina K. There are others though. The point is do NOT cheap out in this area. You will be happier with two packs of high quality cardstock than a mountain of cheap stuff.

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To make a Clean and Simple style kit for a beginner, I would start with a variety of pre-made card bases from Memory Box (A2: licorice, crimson, lagoon, meadow) and A Muse (4bar: black kitchen dot, orange kitchen dot, robin's egg, swiss red, buttercup), and include a healthy amount of a heavyweight white, cream, and kraft cardstock, and a sheet or two of black and dark brown. The pre-made cards mentioned have white interiors, which gives you a lot of fun options.
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