Card Making Paper Supplies: Ultimate Paper Craft Supply List for All Card Makers
Obviously, we can't buy every beautiful stack of pretty themed paper and cards that we see and add to our collection. But what should you buy? And what is the best way to buy it? Keep reading to learn more about the different and best paper supplies, the best way to buy them, and some tips on what to buy, to begin with.
Paper vs cardstock for card making
Both cardstock and paper are sold in a few different ways and how you buy it is a personal choice based on your needs, wants, and budget.
Paper stacks and individual sheets
Paper is sold either as individual sheets or in a stack, which is basically a ''book'' of multiple pages that are easily removed from the stack as required. More often than not, the stack will have a recurring theme, making it easier to buy a stack and create a card suitable for a particular season, event, or color scheme. It is often more cost-effective in the long run to purchase it this way.
Individual sheets can be purchased for a particular project, a one-off piece that you know you probably won't use again, or a novelty paper that isn't sold in a stack.
Below is an example of some of my lovely stacks in generic themes.
Cardstock stacks and individual sheets
Much like paper, cardstock is sold as individual pieces or in a stack full of pretty patterns or plain colors. You can't go wrong with two large cardstock stacks, one full of plain colors and the other full of generic prints such as stripes, dots, and birthday imagery!
As an alternative to buying sheets of cardstock for your base, many craft shops sell pre-made blank cards in black, white, or a variety of plain colors. These are really convenient and I use them to create layouts whenever I can to save time, but more often than not, they are a little too small in size for what I want to make.
Both cardbases can be broadly pigeon-holed into four different print types and there are a few that you won't be able to live without when it comes to card making.
Generic patterns include basic patterns that aren't tied to a particular theme and can be used across a broad range of cards such as polka dots, stripes, etc. I find these generic patterns the most useful when it comes to cardmaking and not having to use stamps and messy ink.
TIP: To begin with, you will need to buy a stack of colored paperboard as well as black and white for the base of your cards. A mix of generic patterns is a must, followed closely by a themed pack. A birthday theme pack is particularly useful ... unless it's Christmas. Christmas themes are the best!