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Printing digitals, a sketch challenge and a freebie!

Hello everyone, Ginny here!  I created a sketch challenge for my group after I made a card for a special friend.   One thing I always stress in my card making is to  use the very best quality you can and when it comes to card stock this is especially true.  There are two things I never cut corners on – the base and what I print or stamp on.  When you use top quality papers, you produce top quality cards.

Paper goes through a very complex process in its making and each paper has a different recipe which can include rags, fibers, wood pulp and all kinds of things you wouldn’t think goes into paper! Ever have problems with glue and adhesives? Here is why: if things aren’t processed correctly at the mill and this could mean a set of rollers out of sync, a drop in temperature in the pulp s, drying the damp sheets too fast before cutting or drying too slow, any number of things can cause the fibers in the paper to shift or warp. There is no way of knowing until the paper is cut. Paper from the mills is often sold in 23×44 lots, from there the paper is cut to order by the print shop or whole sale distributor. All is still well until the paper is used, adding the additional moisture of inks and or glues with cause the fiber in the paper to react,( if it is a good batch of paper it will remain nice and flat if it is a bad batch it curls). Cheaper papers use fewer fibers per square inch.   I said all that to say my choices for bases and printing are well researched! My go to for printing and Copic coloring is Heavenly white 80# and for bases Heavenly White 120# – for good reason each piece produces expected and perfect results. these papers hold my adhesives and score perfectly.  Ever have an edge fold that wrumples?  That has to do with the grain cut and the processing of the rollers.

Here is my card made from both the heavenly white papers:

I have found that they heavenly white 80# prints beautifully on my Canon Pixma printer ( a 50.00 printer!) and wonderfully with alcohol marker coloring. for this reason, I keep a stack cut into quarters on my desk and by my printer – always on hand!  Most of my cards have a lot of color saturation so I really need to have top quality paper.

Here is the sketch:

And for you a freebie

I hope today’s dialog on paper helps you in your paper making choices.  I love it when people tell my cards “even feel good”!  Quality Counts!

HAve a great day, Ginny M




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