Yes, this card looks an awful lot like several other cards I’ve shared. I used the herringbone technique I described on a previous card, here. I wanted to share it, though, because (A) you can never have too many teddy bear cards, and (2) I wanted to chat about paper.
Okay, let me just warn you right now: I’m going to ramble on and on about supplies. So unless you’re addicted to paper (like me), you might want to just skip all this.
When I first started scrapbooking (before I discovered the wonderful world of cards), I thought cardstock was cardstock. Yes, I really had no idea what I was doing. It didn’t take long, though, for me to realize my mistake (and regret all that cheap paper I had bought). In no time, I had become a Bazzill snob. The difference between the stuff you can get at Wally World, and Bazzill, is night and day. And for scrapbooking, it was wonderful stuff.
When I first switched to card-making, I figured I’d use almost exclusively textured Bazzill (which would be a good thing, since I had already accumulated quite a stash). However, I have since decided that Bazzill actually might not be the “end all, be all” paper. For cards, smooth is usually better, and at least for card bases, thicker is definitely better. Bazzill does make smooth paper, and they do make a heavier-duty paper… but Bazzill is expensive. So I decided to do a little comparison shopping, and I found a couple of other brands I really like.
First, My Favorite Things: the paper is good quality, just thick enough for card bases, and they have some really nice inks in coordinating colors. They also have ribbons, felt and buttons to match. They shipped quickly, and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about their service.
Second, Papertrey Ink: I LOVE this paper. It’s even thicker than the My Favorite Things, and the price is the best I’ve found for quality cardstock. There are multiple options for ordering paper – you don’t have to buy 50 sheets of one color to get a decent price. And they have coordinating pattern papers. They also shipped quickly, and I had no problems with their service. However, I’m not overly impressed with their matching inks. The color was a good match, but the pad was already a bit dry when I got it.
Both companies also sell stamps and dies, and misc. other items. I’m happy with the quality, but must confess that I’m not completely won over with the designs of either. It’s just a matter of having a different style. Some I like… but there are other designers who’s stamps have won my heart.
My goal from this little experiment was to find one brand of paper that isn’t insanely expense but that I really love – and stick with it. Did I succeed? I love that Papertrey Ink has coordinating patterned papers – I used their “Text-Style Chocolate Remix” patterned paper collection with their Dark Chocolate cardstock for the above card. No need to worry about matching things up – it all goes well together, making that a very quick and easy card. I love that My Favorite Things has good, matching inks. And I still like Bazzill for some things. So, I’ve decided that I don’t want to restrict myself to one brand – variety is good. And besides, you can never have too much paper. 🙂
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