Basics

101 Series: Paper 101

Welcome to my 101 Series! This is a series of videos and blog posts designed to teach you the basics and get you started creating. Today’s topic, paper. Keep reading and watch the video to learn all the basics!

Paper is very important in cardmaking and crafting. The type of paper you choose can make all the difference in your projects.

Basic White & Very Vanilla

First, let’s talk about Basic White & Very Vanilla. These both come in 8½” by 11″ and 12″ by 12″. They are perfect for layers, stamping and die cutting. They also both come in Thick versions for card bases. Once you try these, you’ll never go back to big box store cardstock. I use Basic White the most and consider it a must have!

BASIC BLACK 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK

Basic Black is another must have in my opinion. It’s great for card basics, contrasting layers, die cutting and more. I highly recommend adding a pack to your collection.

2021–2023 IN COLOR 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK

Next up is solid color cardstock. This is high quality stuff. Perfect for card bases, layers, stamping, die cutting, embossing and more! This cardstock is dyed all the way through so no white edges when you cut or tear it.

Stampin Up cardstock comes in individual color packs (below) or assortment packs (above). The assortment packs come in 12″ by 12″ as well as 8½” by 11″.

CHERRY COBBLER 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK

Did you know that Stampin Up has over 50 colors? And they all coordinate! That means the Cherry Cobbler cardstock matches the Cherry Cobbler Ink that matches the Cherry Cobbler Blends and so on. No more wondering!

AWASH IN BEAUTY 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Let’s talk Designer Series Paper (DSP). That’s what Stampin Up calls is patterned paper. They have so many designs, colors and patterns… it can be overwhelming. My best advice is to pick patterns you love and will use. I also have videos and blog posts all about how to use it!

Most DSP comes in 12″ by 12″ but some comes in 6″ by 6″. Stampin Up also has DSP assortment packs for each color collection! I recommend those for beginners, that way you get paper for each color of your favorite collection!

REGALS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
12″ BY 12″ SPECIALTY PAPER

Specialty paper is a little more advanced. Most are foils (like gold, silver or copper) or have foil throughout them. Sometimes what makes them special is Glitter or “glimmer”. These papers can really add a wow to your projects, but aren’t a must have. If you are considering specialty paper, I recommend foils to start.

I hope this cleared up some of the confusion of what paper to choose. And these aren’t even all the papers! There are so many more but I wanted to get you started with just the basics. Please reach out if you have any questions, I’m happy to help!

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Would you like FREE paper? If course you would! When you host a party with me in July, I’ll send you a free sampler pack of Designer Series Paper. Plus when your party sales reach $150, you earn Stampin Rewards. That’s money you can use on anything you want (including paper!). Fill out the form to get your party started.

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