An Ultimate Guide to Cardstock Paper and Craft Paper

Definition and History of Cardstock: Cardstock is a type of thick paper that is often used for making greeting cards, business cards, scrapbooking, and other crafts. It is generally thicker and more durable than regular printer paper, but not as thick as cardboard. Cardstock is available in a variety of colors, textures, and weights.

The first paper was made in China in about 105 AD from hemp fibers. Papermaking then spread to the Islamic world, where it was improved upon. Papermaking then spread to Europe in the 12th century. The first European paper mill was built in Xativa, Spain in about 1150. Papermaking then spread to Germany, France, and the rest of Europe. Paper mills were also built in England in the 14th century. Initially, paper production started with simple fiber sources such as recycled fibers from used textiles called rags. The advent of construction paper, also known as sugar paper, led to the creation of cardstock paper.

Types of Cardstock Papers: There are different types of cardstocks available in the market based on cardstock sizes, cardstock textures, weights, finishes, and cardstock colors. The most common types of cardstock are white cardstock, black cardstock, and Kraft cardstock. Other popular special cardstock types include metallic cardstock, textured cardstock, patterned cardstock, smooth cardstock, embossed cardstock, foil cardstock, glitter cardstock, holographic cardstock, Mylar paper, pearlescent cardstock, sandable cardstock, and translucent vellum cardstock.

Metallic Cardstock: Metallic cardstock is a type of paper that has a metallic sheen. It is often used for invitations, business cards, and other types of stationery.

Textured Cardstock: The Textured Cardstock is a type of paper that has a textured surface. This type of paper is often used for scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafts. The textured surface of the paper can add interest and dimension to your projects.

Patterned Cardstock: Patterned cardstock is a type of decorative paper that is sold in sheets and used for a variety of crafts and DIY projects. It typically has a design or pattern printed on one side, and the other side is blank. Patterned cardstock is thicker than regular printer paper.

Smooth Cardstock: The Smooth Cardstock is a thick, glossy cardstock with a smooth finish. It is perfect for card making, scrapbooking, and other paper crafts.

Embossed Cardstock: Embossed cardstock is a type of paper that has a raised design on it. The design is created by using a die to press the paper into a mold. This creates a raised, three-dimensional effect that can add texture and interest to any project.

Foil Cardstock: Foil cardstock is a type of cardstock that has a metallic or shiny finish. It is often used for scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafts.

Glitter Cardstock: The Glitter Cardstock is a type of paper that is covered in glitter. It is often used for scrapbooking and other crafts.

Holographic Cardstock: Holographic cardstock is a type of paper that has a holographic design printed on it. The holographic design makes the paper appear to change color when viewed from different angles.

Mylar Paper: Mylar paper is a thin, transparent sheet of plastic that is used to protect documents. It is often used to cover important documents such as birth certificates and passports.

Pearlescent Cardstock: Pearlescent Cardstock the best papers for mermaid tails, princess castles, unicorn horns and so much more.

Sandable Cardstock: Sandable cardstock is a type of paper that can be sanded down to create a smooth, even surface. It is often used for mixed media projects because it can be easily manipulated and shaped.

Translucent Vellum: Translucent Vellum is a type of paper that is semi-transparent and typically used for scrapbooking or other crafts. It is often made from a mix of cotton and wood pulp and can be found in a variety of colors and patterns.

The 12×12 Cardstock shop offers a wide variety of cardstock papers in different colors, sizes, and textures. They also have a variety of tools and accessories to help you create the perfect project.

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