Quick Tip Tuesday - Cardstock Weights

When making a cardstock project, shadow box, scrapbook page, card, or other papercraft, weight matters.   The most common weights in the U.S. are 65# (light), 80# (medium), 100# and 110# (heavy).

65# is thin and a little floppy. It is good for the top parts of layering projects, die cutting, and making paper flowers.

80# is heavier and is good for scrapbook pages, handmade cards, die cutting, and cake toppers.

100# and 110# are good for invitations, card bases, scrapbook pages, business cards, the base of layered projects, cake toppers, and party favors.  It is also great for stamping and embossing.

Heavyweight for the base.  Ligjtweight for the two top layers.

Choose your cardstock based on the type of project you want to do. Make sure you choose a quality product that is acid and lignin free (as mentioned in a previous tip).

I hope this tips helps you get crafty!

Quick Tip Tuesday - Choosing Cardstock

 Most cardstocks and craft papers available now are lignin  and acid free, but, you want to double check. 

Why?  Lignin is a wood product that is often found in unpurified wood-pulp paper.  Over time, lignin will cause discoloration of photos and papers.  Acid will cause your cards or scrapbook papers to disintegrate over time.  Always opt for archival paper that won't discolor or break down.

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Valentine Pop-up Card

 Today I am sharing a Valentine card I made for a family member.  It uses Echo Park Valentine paper on the front as well as a Crafter's Companion/Gemini stamp and die set called Everyday Phrases.

Inside, it has a double pop-up feature as well as a heart garland at the top using a pinkish cardstock and foil cardstock. If you are making a pop-up card, remember that the horizontal lines are scored and the vertical lines are cut.  Your main score line should line up with the middle of the card.  

I hope this inspires you to try something new! Visit Happiness is Homemade for more crafty inspiration.