There is a huge variety of different types of paper and cardstock available that are suitable for rubber stamping projects. Each paper will have its own special features.
- Color – There is an abundance of colors to choose from, from the palest pastels to vibrant hues.
- Weight – the weight of a paper or cardstock helps define its use. For instance, heavy weight cardstock is suitable for rubber stamped greeting cards.
- Size – Papers are sold in a selection of sizes. Large sheets can be more economical and these can easily be cut down as required.
- Surface finish – There are many different finishes. Some fancy finishes, such as velvet or metallic, may need specialist rubber stamping techniques.
- Absorbency – Papers and cards very in absorbency. Some papers with glossy finishes, for instance, have limited absorbency and therefore the rubber stamped image may need embossing to fix the inks.
- Archival and Acid Free – To ensure longevity, projects that are required to last a long time should be stamped onto archival and acid free paper.
- Recycled Papers– Most new paper will contain a percentage of recycled paper pulp, however it is possible to buy 100 percent recycled paper which is ideal for green projects.
Buying Papers and Cards
Paper is sold in different sizes and weights. A common size paper is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, however a wide variety of variations are available with a size and weight of paper sold for almost every project. Paper and cardstock is sold in packs and craft stores may sell single sheets of more unusual or specialty papers.
Some stores may sell starter or sample packs that give the opportunity to work with and try a number of different types of paper or cardstock.
Specialty papers and cardstock such as handmade or silk papers give a wonderful unique touch to any rubber stamped project. These can be purchased from specialist paper supplies.
Tips For Picking Papers and Cards for Rubber Stamping Projects:
- The color of the paper or card stock will affect the finished image. A dark colored paper will give a dramatic finish when used with strong colors, a light colored paper will look lovely with pale pastels.
- Special coatings will vary the way that ink soaks into the paper. Gloss papers, for instance, will not allow the ink to soak in and will therefore require heating to set the ink.
- Acid free and archival paper are the best to use for projects where a long life is important.
- Expensive papers such as vellum can be cut down and small pieces incorporated within a project. This will help a single sheet of paper go a long way.