What is cover stock? What is card stock? What is the difference between card stock and cover stock? Well, lovies, these are the questions I was asking when I visited the WorldWin Papers booth at CHA last January.
Side note: I’m always looking for paper. As a crafter and a card-maker, the right paper makes a big difference. Specifically, I’m in search of the perfect card stock to use a base for my home made cards. And after reading a bunch of posts on Operation Write home, I purchased some paper to use and was STILL disappointed in the lack of “heft.’ There is a post here you can read to see what I’m talking about.
SO. I approached the WorldWin folks and asked for guidance.
They suggested I get to know some of their paper lines and learn the difference for myself! My first lesson is Cover stock 101, 65 lb weight.
Back to my earlier question- what is cover stock? It’s actually just another term for what crafters usually call card stock. And the 65lb tells you how much 500 sheets of that paper weigh! So 90 lb cover stock is a thicker paper than the 65lb weight. Now you know!
Here’s how WorldWin describes this paper:
Card Stock designed for scrapbooking, card marking and paper crafts
• 3 Collections – Smooth & Silky, Textured and The Original • Textured finishes include – Denim, Ribbon, Twill, Cascata and Ruche • Smooth & Silky finishes include Silk and Ice Dust • Available in 8.5″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″ fade-resistant cardstock colors • Archival quality – acid free, lignin free, and chlorine free cardstock • Ideal for layering and embellishments • Outstanding cutting, folding, punching and embossing cardstock characteristics
What I got to test was ColorMates Original, both in colors and white. I found it to be a great paper for layering! It’s too light to be my favorite paper for card bases- but if you like to layer paper, this is a perfect weight.
I made you a video to show you exactly how I tested it!
I forgot to add the electronic die-cutting sample in the video, so here it is- a lovely, intricate shape cut by my Cricut.
It would certainly recommend this weight of paper for electronic die-cutting. Nice enough to have body, but not so heavy that you can’t layer it up. (At least without it becoming too thick!)
Here are some of my other samples:
Smooth enough for nice crisp stamped images.
Great for coloring with markers, painting with watercolors, misting, and embossing!
Perfect for punches and layers upon layers!!
I’ve been using it to make the stamped/embossed card layers. I also use it as a card base if I’m going to add an extra layer on the inside of the card as well. (Such as when I use a colored coverstock for the base and add a panel of white for stamped sentiments on the inside.)
Thank you, WorldWin, for sending me the paper so I could try it out for myself. And y’all, stay tuned: I have a follow-up post on 80 lb weight next!
Feel free to leave me questions or comments & I’ll do my best to answer them!
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