Who doesn’t love Die Cuts with a View (DCWV)? Just about every crafter has at least one stack of their paper. Also they have some pretty fabulous booths at CHA. Today we’re going to be playing with their Silky Smooth cardstock. There are two different packs of Silky Smooth; one with neutral colors and one with brights. Each has 36 sheets of paper in six different colors and they come in two sizes, 12×12 and 4.5″x6.5″.
The paper itself has zero texture, hence the, “silky smooth,” description. It has a white core and is nice and thick. I did notice in that the texture on either side of the paper is slightly different. One side is actually smoother, like it has a coating on it. With a little more playing I found this:
So there does seem to be a coating making the paper almost non-porous on one side. This lead me to do test swatches of different products on each side.
The Distress Stain on the coated side never dried, though the color wash did. They did both absorb on the non-coated side. I found the alcohol ink results to be interesting. The colors were slightly lighter shades than normal on the coated side, but did have the classic alcohol ink effect. The non-coated side though did absorb the inks like a regular piece of cardstock would.
I also tried three different inks on each side of the paper; Staz-On (a solvent based ink), Distress Ink (dye based) and ChalkBox (pigment based) inks. On the coated side, the pigment and distress ink never dried, even with a heat setting; But the Staz-On did set. On the non-coated side all inks did dry and in a fairly short amount of time.
When considering projects with this paper, I didn’t really see a scrapbook page happening. Though, the neutral stack would work well with an elegant wedding album. I really saw these being used as more altered projects because the paper has more of a professional feel to it. The first little fun project I made was a take-out food box and paper fortune cookie.
Here’s a quick card I made, too!
I also wanted to make a fun cute little crown for one of my own little princesses:
I really enjoyed playing with these papers and I definitely love having them in my arsenal. You can find the Silky Smooth cardstock at Michael’s and online retailers. I was talking with the DCWV gals at CHA and they said the the Silky Smooth cardstock is almost identical to their Creamy cardstock packs, so if you can’t find one, look for the other! What do you think, crafters? Does the Silky Smooth cardstock look like something fun you would want to make? Let me know in the comments!
(Disclosure: Sample provided for review)
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