June 7, 2015

Paper Weight: A Paper Crafter's Guide

One of the most common questions we get at Cardstock Shop is what exactly is paper weight? We can tell you it has nothing to do with how many pounds of paper is in your craft room!

Understanding paper weight can be somewhat complicated because it has nothing to do with the actual weight of the stack of paper you are buying the store. Read on to find out more, or skip the details and just download our handy dandy paper crafter's guide below!

Check out the paper crafter's guide to paper weight! #cardstockshop #paper411

Is 60lbs better than 40lbs?  It is if you're trying to lose weight.  But when it comes to paper weight, it may not always be clear.


Pounds? Points? GSM? What does it all mean?

Paper is most often described in pounds in the U.S. (65lbs, 80lbs, etc.) and GSM everywhere else. 
  • The weight of cardstock is determined by weighing a ream of 500 sheets of 20 x 26" paper.  A complicated formula that you really don’t need to know determines the number that the manufacturer publishes as the cardstock weight in pounds and/or GSM.
  • Every paper type is weighed using specific dimensions.  For example, vellum is determined by weighing a ream of 500 sheets of  22½ x 28½" paper.  And then the complicated formula is applied to determine the number that is published as the vellum weight in pounds and/or GSM. 
So what? Well, this means that you can’t just assume that a higher paper weight means a sturdier paper!  You must compare apples to apples, cardstock to cardstock, vellum to vellum when it comes to paper weight.

Paper expressed in points (pts), rather than pounds or GSM, refers to the paper's thickness.  The thickness is measured in thousands of an inch using a caliper and is then converted to points.
60 pts = .06" thickness.

Points are much easier to understand because it doesn't matter what the paper type is; it simply is the measure of thickness. A piece of vellum is thinner than a piece of cardstock, so vellum will have a lower point measurement and cardstock a larger point measurement.

Word to the wise: never compare points to pounds/GSM because an orange is not an apple.


Once and for all when shopping for paper, just remember this:

  • You can compare paper of the same type using pounds or GSM.
  • You can compare paper of different types using points.
Or, save your brain and download our guide above and use it on your next paper shopping excursion.

Happy paper crafting!

March 7, 2014

Spring Pink Stripe Digital Cardstock

The weather finally warmed up to a wonderful 45 degrees so I was inspired to create more spring digital cardstocks for you! Here's a coordinating pink stripe that will match nicely with our last freebie digital cardstock (Spring Green Zig Zag).

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Happy *digital* crafting!

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March 5, 2014

Spring Green Zig Zag Digital Cardstock

Spring is near!  Which means green grass, green trees, green Easter eggs...and my favorite, green cardstock!  Enjoy our first freebie - Spring Green Zig Zag digital cardstock.

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I got a free spring digital cardstock from Cardstock Shop! #cardstockshop #freebies

Happy *digital* crafting!

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January 2, 2014

Do You Know Your Cardstock Patterns?

Have you found yourself looking for a particular cardstock design but didn't know the pattern's name?  Here is an easy reference for some of the lesser-known terms to trendy patterns:

Chevron is a V-shape pattern very close to zig-zag, but can be distinguished by the break at its reversal resembling a broken zig-zag.
Geometric is an abstract design made up of repeating patterns of lines, circles, triangles, rectangles or polygons.
Gingham is a type of checkered pattern that is made of overlapping stripes of the same width. The overlap is what differentiates it from a checkered pattern which is solid all the way through.
Graph is also in the family of checkered patterns, but is distinguishable by having a solid background with crossing lines that resemble graph paper.
Moroccan design is based off an eight-point star, which may have regular or irregular borders.
Ogee is simply an onion-shaped pattern. Bulbous in the middle and coming to soft peaks on the top and bottom.
Quatrefoil is a representation of a flower with four petals or leaves, but is not defined as a flower but rather a “foil.”
Scallop is a rounded, fan-shaped pattern similar to a clamshell.
Scroll resembles the curves from a loosely rolled parchment scroll, and can look ribbon-like.
Trellis is an interwoven, crisscrossing stripe design that forms a network of pattern.
Vermicular is a worm-like pattern, with soft curves.

As you shop the cardstocks in our store, you’ll notice there are filters on the left-hand side of the page. One filter set is named “pattern” which will narrow down the cardstock results to the specific pattern you choose.
I just learned my cardstock patterns at Cardstock Shop! #cardstockshop