Try Bright White Paper Cardstock in 2021

For anyone who loves papercraft, coming across different kinds of papers only opens more creative avenues for them. There really is an endless list of different kinds of papers that you can use for all kinds of decorative purposes to personal or professional printing purposes with a different result with each one of them. 

But endless choices can quickly become overwhelming if you do not know which one is more suited for your project. For example, a simple activity of making greeting cards can seem difficult to start if you don't know your way around cardstock. 

That is where ThunderBolt papers come in. With all of our own list of endless products and limitless knowledge about them we are always here to help you choose the best paper. Here are a few general tips to help you make up your mind. 

Know the paper weights 

If you are clear about the things you are going to make for your next project you will probably know what kind of paper you would like to consider. So when you are thinking of making some handmade greeting cards you must expect paper called cardstock that is thicker and heavier than the common copy paper. But there are weights of cardstock that you can know for better decisions: 

  • 100-170 gsm:
  • Most paper below 100 GSM is copy paper or only used in offices or printing. This range of paper weight is similar to a light card which can be used in your multiple crafting activities such as scrapbooking, making backing paper or making layers for your greeting cards. 

  • 170-220 gsm:
  • Suitable for die cutting, printing and matting, this range of weight of cardstock works well with layers but may not hold up itself against further decoration. If you add a lot of layers to this kind of cardstock it can or crumble under its own weight

  • 220- 280gsm:
  • The most commonly used weight in cardstock suitable for making cards. This weight of cardstock is suitable to be used for making cards with embellishments, for die cutting and even printing.

  • 280-350 gsm:
  • This is an expensive and heavyweight cardstock available that is used wherever sturdy and thick cards are required. You can make business cards by making gift boxes with this weight of cardstock. For exceptionally luxurious invitations for greetings a thick piece of cardstock is often layered with slightly lighter cardstock to make an overall high quality product.

  • Learn about whiteness and brightness of paper: 
  • There is a difference between whiteness and brightness of paper. Whiteness will refer to the kind of light a paper is able to reflect whereas brightness means the color that the paper appears to be in different sources of light. A paper or cardstock with a higher degree of brightness will reflect more blue light. So a bright white cardstock paper will reflect the blue light while appearing pure white. 

  • Consider the texture of the paper:
  • Among the various textures that are available for paper you can find them in cardstock as well. When you pair different weights of cardstock along with a variety of textures or even colours of cards you can achieve an elegant looking layered crafted card or invitation.Even while using cardstock for embossing, making stickers or scrapbooking you can find multiple patterned cardstock and the ones with different surface finishes to achieve a unique multi layered paper craft. 

    Some of the common texture of cardstock are:

    • Smooth:
      Suitable for all kinds of drawing, sketching and painting allowing smooth surface for the colors to glide on. 
    • Soft:
      Comparatively softer to touch, soft white cardstock surface provides a velvety touch for one of a kind luxurious greetings or invitations. 
    • Linen:
      With a surface that mimics that of the linen fabric, linen cardstock is used for printing soft edged letters and images for invites and can be used for layers in greeting cards. 

    • Vellum:
      This is a rough finish cardstock paper that looks similar to vintage llum. For a particularly translucent sleeve or layer, vellum cardstock is often used in making greeting cards, invitations or business cards.This is a rough finish cardstock paper that looks similar to vintage vellum. For a particularly translucent sleeve or layer, vellum cardstock is often used in making greeting cards, invitations or business cards.

    • Gloss:
      This is a coated cardstock perfect for painting sharp and vibrant images over a shiny paper.Make sure you take your time to order some sample papers before you decide with your choice of cardstock for your next project. You will love to try something new or explore an amalgamation of different kinds of paper. Let us know about your experience with cardstock paper.