…otherwise known as “What kind of papers do I need for rubber stamping ?”
Today, In Rubber Stamping 101: Papers, I’ll be talking about different types of papers used in rubber stamping. Rubber stamping can be done on a variety of papers, from soft to heavy. And, each paper requires a different type of ink to be used. (more about this here) It’s best to use the correct ink with your paper to insure stamping a nice image.
Different types of papers..
Cardstock-Cardstock is the most popular paper when it comes to rubber stamping. And, it is heavier than copy paper but lighter than poster board. Also, all cardstock has a weight associated with it, usually 50-110#. Most avid stampers use a cardstock weighing 80# or more. Anything less weight will not hold it’s shape. Too, heavier papers can be used for a card base but aren’t routinely stamped on. SU! has cardstock weighing 80# and in 48+ gorgeous colors.
Specialty Papers– Clear, Glossy, Mulberry, Foils…Almost all types of papers can be using for stamping. And, most specialty papers are added to a card as an accent vs being the card base. SU! carries Clear Window Sheets, Foils and Glimmer Papers.
Vellums-Vellums are lightweight, clear sheets which can be used as an accent on cards. Too, they come in a variety of c0lors but white is most used. Adhesives will show thru vellums so most papercrafts secure it lightly behind another piece of cardstock. And, vellums require a different ink when stamping on it. Most crafters use Stazon inks on vellum. SU! Vellums weight 43-lb text weight.
Watercolor Papers-Watercolor papers have different textures depending on how they are created. And, hot-pressed papers will have a smooth texture while cold-pressed will have a rougher finish. Also, rough press will have a nice, finished rougher texture. It and cold press are most commonly used. Too, watercolor papers weights vary from 90-300 lbs. In additon, they can be painted or stamped on. SU! carries my favorite, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and it can be seen here, here and here.
Designer Series Papers-DSP are a group of papers in a collection that use the same color combination. Also, DSP usually has a theme design. Most DSP comes in 12 x 12-inches size, which scrapbookers enjoy. Card makers add DSP as accents on their items. DSP is very lightweight compared to cardstock. 145-160 gms vs 200-240 gms
For Beginner stampers…
For beginner stampers, I’d start with a neutral cardstock like Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock to stamp on. Then, I’d add a pack of colored cardstock for your card base. Too, you could add a single color or a combination pack of colors. Eventually, you’ll add more colors to your stash.