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Old 10-30-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default What is the weight of Stampin Up Cardstock?

Can someone please tell me what the weight is of the Stampin Up cardstock? (Colors) I tried to put a sheet of colored SU CS into my printer and it jams all the time. When I put a piece of GP Image Plus which has a weight of 110lbs it goes through my printer with no problems. I'm assuming SU is heavier then 110lbs, but not sure how much. Can someone let me know. Thanks!
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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SU cardstock is 80-lb weight.
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Yep its 80lb, i have cs that is use in my printer that is 110lb GP and it doesn't jam in my printer and i have a A HP C4680 Touch Smart Printer
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The reason its jamming your printer is probably because its stiffer than the GP cardstock. SU uses a lot (A LOT) of ink to get the colour of their cardstock and that makes the cardstock very stiff as compared to white cardstock. Also, the cardstock fibres are probably tighter than the GP paper. You probably wouldn't have a problem with Whisper white because its pretty flimsy compared to their regular cardstock or the GP also.
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Wow, that has answered my often wondered but never asked question of why the coloured cardstock always seems heavier than the white even though they are both 80 lb. It's not the weight, it's the stiffness!
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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I love their cardstock, patterned paper all their colors. Does anyone know if the patterned paper is still lightweight or have they made it heavier like close to my heart did?
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I love their cardstock, patterned paper all their colors. Does anyone know if the patterned paper is still lightweight or have they made it heavier like close to my heart did?
I remember reading somewhere (here I think) that SU patterned paper is 65lb so its a nice weight.
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So basically, the weight # goes down , the heavier the paper is?
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A sorta recent thread on CS weight: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...k-t616080.html

about the printer jamming: Do you have a side feed (or one in the back) so you can single feed heavier weight paper? Some printers have that and it's nice, because the CS doesn't curl. (It's a pain if you have a lot to do, tho.)
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So basically, the weight # goes down , the heavier the paper is?
No, the higher the number the heavier but you also have to see if the paper is text (copy paper), index, or cover with cover being heaviest.
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Sometimes it helps to have your paper tray as full as possible, and sometimes it helps to have nothing BUT the piece of cardstock in there. So that the rollers grab the paper correctly. Might be worth experimenting with that.
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I would only try printing on SU colored papers if your printer has a setting for heavier paper. You can get your printer messed up by trying to do something it isn't meant to do.

SU colored cardstock is THICKER than the white. But there are many factors involved in making paper.
...the type of fiber being used
...how much the paper is compressed
...the size of the full sheet of paper before it is cut to size.
...moisture level
...coatings
...etc.

You see, the weight you are given (as in 80 pound, 100 pound, etc) is the weight of 500 sheets of the paper in its UNCUT size. Some papers are 17x22 inches, some are 25x38 inches, or a variety of sizes in between. So. That means that you need more information to compare your papers. You need to know what TYPE of paper you're talking about.

COVER stock is thick.
INDEX stock is thinner.
TAG stock is thinner yet.
If you have a 110 pound cover (with its full sheet size of 20x26 inches) and compare it to a 110 pound index (with its full sheet size of 25.5x30.5) you can see that the cover will be thicker than the index. And it will be complicated by the fact that paper can be compressed more or less, depending on how smooth they want the finish to be.

In Europe (and in some other places too) a different measure is used: grams per square meter. That's the weight of one square meter of one sheet of paper. So if it has a bigger GSM weight, it's thicker. A bit easier to understand.

You can also use a chart that tells you the actual caliper thickness of the paper, usually in thousandths of an inch. 110 pound cover is about 13.5 thousandths of an inch thick while 110 pound index is about 8.5 thousandths of an inch thick (that's only 63% as thick as the cover!).

Jeanniebean gave a link to another thread (in post 9) that has some good paper discussion.
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I print on on SU paper all the time with my Canon G2000. The key is the straight paper feed. My older HP printer turned the paper and it jammed all the time. I did have some success with the HP when I would slightly bend the paper to break the fibers about 1 inch from the top. If you bend it to much it doesn't work. Trial and error all the time. So I passed the printer down to my Husband and bought the straight feed.Plus this canon has refillable ink tanks. I just love it!
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What is the gsm of the SU coloured card Stock?

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Basis Weight
Uses
Lightweight Designer Series Paper
100-110 gms
Envelopes, lightweight paper layers and embellishments
Designer Series Paper
145-160 gsm
Paper layers, envelopes and embellishments
Card Stock
200-240 gsm
Card bases, paper layers, embellishments, boxes and packaging
Thick Card Stock
(available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla)
250-280 gsm
Card bases, boxes and other packaging
Watercolor Paper
(100% cold-pressed cotton paper)
300 gsm
Water-colouring and water-based techniques

I found this chart online.
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That is perfect, Dini. Thanks so much
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