Paper seems like a simple concept, however, there are a huge variety of styles, designs, sizes and textures available to crafters. But it doesn’t just stop there, there’s also a vast array of weights, colours and finishes to think about that will fit perfectly with your project.
As a leading papercraft manufacturer, we want to simplify this for you. We want to ensure you understand the qualities to look for when choosing the right cardstock for you. Our guide below features everything you need to know about cardstock – helping you when it comes to your next crafting project.
What is Cardstock?
Cardstock is also referred to as cover stock or pasteboard. It is thicker and more durable than printing paper, yet thinner and more flexible than cardboard. This balance of durability and flexibility makes cardstock an ideal choice for crafters.
Cardstock is made using a combination of hardwood and softwood materials. Hardwood gives it the proper formation, whilst the softwood fibres give the cardstock strength.
Different Weights and Sizes of Cardstock
ome crafters may think the hardest part of their project is choosing the colour of their design; however, choosing the right paper size or weight can be difficult. There are a number of different factors to consider when selecting the right cardstock for you.
Below, we have listed a range of paper sizes with their measurements in millimetres and inches:
A0 841mm x 1189mm 33.1” x 46.8”
A1 594mm x 841mm 23.4” x 33.1”
A2 420mm x 594mm 15.5” x 23.4”
A3 297mm x 420mm 11.7” x 16.5”
A4 210mm x 297mm 8.3” x 11.7”
A5 148mm x 105mm 5.8” x 8.3”
A6 105mm x 148mm 4.1” x 5.8”
A7 74mm x 105mm 2.9” x 4.1”
A8 52mm x 74mm 2.0” x 2.9”
A9 37mm x 52mm 1.5” x 2.0”
A10 26mm x 37mm 1.0” x 1.5”
Paper and card are most commonly measured in GSM (grams per paper). The higher the number, the heavier the card weight.
70 – 100gsm – paper most businesses print or send letters on. 90gsm is the standard and most popular weight for stationary.
100 – 170gsm – any paper that weighs above 100gsm is called a light card. These are useful for layering and matting within crafting. For easy die-cutting; this is a popular choice.
170 – 220gsm – another ideal and popular weight for die-cutting, matting, layering and printing. However, the weight of this cardstock might buckle if you add layers and embellishments to it.
220 – 280gsm – arguably the most commonly used weight in cardmaking. It is light enough to ease through a printer and die-cutting machine, yet sturdy enough to withstand layers and embellishments.
280 – 350gsm – if you’re looking to create a more elegant and luxury effect with a sturdy base, this is your weight choice. Another popular weight used in cardmaking, it’s perfect for creating luxury wedding invitations or something similar. 300gsm and above is the ideal choice for 3D projects and construction such as a handmade gifts or card boxes.
Different Variety of Colours and Cardstock Finishes
Cardstock not only comes in a variety of different weights and sizes, it also comes in a huge array of different finishes. This gives you a plethora of design options when it comes to your projects. By trying different cardstocks, you can create various effects within your crafting and cardmaking.
Cardstock finish describes the surface or texture of your cardstock. Experiment with different cardstocks to see what designs you like, and you can even create a completely new look by using different kinds of cardstock!
Plain cardstock features a smooth, untextured and uncoated surface that not only comes in a huge array of colours, but is the most commonly used as a blank canvas in cardmaking! White plain cardstock is a popular choice for crafters when creating bases and cardblanks.
Coloured Card has a white centre which can be revealed when scoring/ripping/cutting. Our award-winning Adorable Scorable cardstock is engineered to guarantee the perfect score and fold without cracking or feathering, making it the perfect choice for cardmaking. This is possible due to the specially coated surface that keeps the colour prominent and unbroken when scoring.
Mirri card is a type of cardstock that provides a shiny and highly reflective metallic finish. There is a huge range of different mirri cards; available in various colours, including gold, silver or rainbow.
Mirri card creates a stunning look when die-cut, creating sparkly elements which are perfect for cardmaking.
Speciality Kraft Cardstock
A popular choice for crafters looking for a vintage or rustic finish, kraft cardstock is a great environmentally friendly option as it is made from recycled paper.
Our Speciality Cardstock not only provides the perfect base for projects with a more rustic theme, but it can be used to create cards in a range of sizes or for matting and layering. As this cardstock is also uncoated it’s great for stamping and inking directly onto!
Glitter cardstock features one side coated in glitter to create a shimmering effect. This type of cardstock comes in a range of colours and is great to use as a background for die-cutting as it adds extra details to your cards and designs.
Popular embossed cardstock styles are linen, hemp or hammered design. This type of card is made by passing the card through a large mangle, where extreme pressure is used to create a stunning dimensional finish; raising and lowering areas of the card into a decorative design or pattern, adding extra detail to your card.
Patterned cardstock gives you a huge variety of designs when it comes to cardmaking and crafting. One of the benefits of this type of card is they coordinate with each other. Each pattern is designed to follow a theme, which you can incorporate within your project.
From stripes to textured bricks, rustic wood and delicate damasks, there are a wide range of patterns to choose from.
How to Print on Cardstock
Printing on cardstock is not as simple as printing on paper; this is because cardstock is thicker and requires extra care.
If you are using a home printer, ensure you read the instructions carefully to check if your printer is equipped to handle cardstock weight. This is to avoid issues such as jamming or curling. It is advisable to do a test run to see what your printer can handle.
Various Uses of Cardstock
Cardstock can be used in a huge variety of different ways for different projects. As cardstock comes in an array of weights, sizes, colours and finishes, it can be used for these various creative uses:
Card Blanks for all occasions
No matter what your crafting project may be, there is a cardstock to suit your specific need. The possibilities for how you choose to use cardstock are almost endless, making them a fantastic addition to your crafting. Don’t forget your card blanks! Available in a range of styles, shapes and sizes, the perfect base for your cardmaking.
At Hunkydory Crafts, we stock a huge range of cardstock and crafting essentials for all your crafting needs. To find out more about our products, simply get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help.