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Before starting on this month’s project, I did a little experimenting printing with different types of papers to see what would give me the best result and still be cost effective.
If you saw last month’s card, you know that I got some fantastic results using glossy photo paper.
I will continue experimenting and trying out different papers. But here is what I found so far.
44LB / 165 GSM
Price: $14.99 / 0.30 per sheet
This is the paper that I found recommendations for online. The printed results are not as good as the Epson Brochure and Flyer paper that I also tried.
65LB / 176 GSM
Price: $5.99 / 0.12 per sheet
Good Price, especially if you can use a coupon. I have been using this as my primary white cardstock for most uses, other than card-bases for the last few years.
However, does not give a crisp image when inkjet printing
110LB / 300 GSM
Price: $15.99 / 0.16 per sheet
I like the way this heavier cardstock gives a more substantial feel to my card-bases. I tend to restock when it’s on sale or I can use a 40-50% off coupon.
80LB /216 GSM
Price: $14.99 / 0.06 per sheet
I recently purchased this cardstock after hearing good things about it. It’s supposed to be really good for alcohol markers and ink blending. It’s also not as bright white as the other papers listed here.
80LB /216 GSM
Price: $32.50 / 0.13 per sheet
I recently purchased this cardstock after hearing good things about it. It’s supposed to be really good for alcohol markers and ink blending.
61LB / 230 GSM
Price: $19.99 / 0.40 per sheet
Decent result, but not the best.
48LB / 179 GSM
Price: $42.99 / 0.28 per sheet
Appears to have the best result for digital printing
Let’s get crafting!
After printing these out on the office Epson Brochure & Flyer Paper, I started cutting them down. The Paper dolls set comes with Artist Trading Card, or ATC, images, and I thought those would be perfect focal images for my cards. So I cut those out using my Fiskars Paper Trimmer.
For the other images, I’m using my ScanNCut to fussy cut them out for me. This saves me a ton of time. But you could just use some scissors to cut out what you need.
Since I’m still trying to use what’s in my stash… it’s gonna take a while… I pulled a sheet out of one of the multitudes of paper packs I’ve got. I love this scripty font and it includes encouraging sentiments.
Next I need a sentiment. I decide that, although I do have stamps that would work, I’d create my own. I’m using Microsoft word, but any word processor would work for this. After typing “Hello Friend” I picked a font that I like and re-sized it to about 1 ½ inches wide. Then I filled the page with the sentiment. Why print one when you can print a bunch!
This time I’m printing using my Laser printer. Why? Because I’m going to foil the sentiments!
I’m using some rose gold DecoFoil from Thermoweb and my Crenova Laminator.
I’m using Art Glitter Glue to adhere the sentiment.
With the card’s all finished, I could have stopped here. Instead I decided to create a holder for this set of cards.
How to make the portfolio
- 8 ½ x 11in heavyweight cardstock sheet.
First I did some scoring to create a spine. This is to allow a little more space between the front and back for the cards to sit.
- Score at 5 ¼ and 5 ¾ in. on long side
Then more scoring to create a couple of pockets. I also trimmed off some excess cardstock.
Score at 2 ½ in on short side
Burnish all scores. Cut according to diagram.
To hold the pockets closed, I’m using some double sided adhesive tape. As an after thought, and after the video, I added some art glitter glue to make sure it holds really well.
Then I decorated the portfolio.
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Here is a quick look at the finished project.
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I hope that this video has inspired you to grab your use digital kits in creative ways and create something amazing. I’d love to see what you make, so come find me on FB, IG or Twitter, or shoot me an email at DebbieJ@debbiejscraftingcorner.com to show me your creations!
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