The Best Colored Cardstock Guide

Colored cardstock is one of those basic supplies that every beginner stamper needs. And I genuinely believe that you can never have enough colored cardstock. 🙂

Colored cardstock has many uses. You can use it as layers, cut it out with die-cuts or punches, and even use it as card bases. 

Making sure you have a high-quality cardstock is a must for your cards. If you are going to put in the work of creating a greeting card and send it to someone special, you need it to look good!

Colored Cardstock Guide

  • Make sure the surface is ultrasmooth so your stamped images will be clean and crisp.
  • The cardstock should be dyed with pure color all the way through. There should not be a white core.
  • Your cardstock should be acid and lignin-free, so it is safe for memory keeping and scrapbooking.
  • The cardstock weight should be around 80lbs.
  • Bonus points if your cardstock has matching ink!

The cardstock from Stampin’ Up! has all of these features!

Stampin’ Up! Colored Cardstock

The colored cardstock from Stampin’ Up! is fantastic. There is a matching ink pad for every color and, in many cases, matching markers, embellishments and ribbons.

Each piece of cardstock belongs to a family, either bright, regal, subtle, or neutral. 

Brights Cardstock

Regals Cardstock

Subtles Cardstock

Neutrals Cardstock

Every two years, Stampin’ Up! creates a set of In Colors. You can purchase them for only two years, and the years overlap. For more information and the current In Colors, click here.

Cardstock Sizes

Each colored cardstock comes in individual packs of 8-1/2″ x 11″ or in color family packs of 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″. If you are a card making beginner and working to build up your supplies I suggest purchasing your cardstock in the color family packs. You get two sheets of each color, and it gives you a chance to see what you like and use the most. You can then purchase a whole pack of your favorites.

I would also suggest you purchase the matching ink pad at the same time. More about our fantastic stamp pads here.

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