Tutorial - Light Weight Cardstock

Have you ever opened a package of cardstock and realized it was a much lighter weight than you were expecting? We want to give our Heros and their families the best quality cards we can, so it wouldn't be fair to make a card base out of paper that isn't sturdy. We will be posting some information about cardstock weights in the near future, but meanwhile, here is an idea for using lightweight cardstock.

In my samples I'm using some light weight yellow cardstock that really doesn't feel even as heavy as construction paper.

Instead of folding the base and writing inside it, you use the base as a platform for a folded piece of the lighter cardstock. Cut a piece of sturdy (base-weight) cardstock in the regular A2 size (4.25 x 5.5).

Cut your lighter weight cardstock 7.5 x 5, and fold it in half (3.75 x 5). Or if you prefer a thinner border, cut it 8 x 5 and fold it into 4 x 5. You will adhere one face to the cardstock base, so that the base acts as a platform. Decorate the front and our Hero can write on the inside of the fold. These cards can still be tucked in their envelopes as usual.

Of course you can also use your lightweight cardstock to stamp on and adhere to a regular folded card, or punch it and use it for punch art.

You can read more about cardstock in this previous tutorial - Cardstock 101.

Do you have a great idea or tutorial to share? Please write kate@operationwritehome.org.

Ann  – (February 1, 2011 at 5:06 AM)  

Thank you so much for this tutorial.In my quest to make better quality cards, this info will be very helpful!!

Kajikit  – (February 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM)  

Great idea! I never would have thought of using the good cardstock for a backing.

Velda  – (February 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM)  

Interesting idea. I usually just use the lightweight cardstock for layering. I have also added a liner to make it more stable.

Anonymous –   – (February 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM)  

Wow, Thanks for informing us after 820,000 cards that regular or light cardstock is not good enough.

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