Alrighti, I am just a little bit confused right now. I just got my pictures in and am looking forward to FINALLY start experimenting with layouts! However, I do have a question. Is card stock just used for a backup support on layouts, or does it have another purpose as well? Am I supposed to put my patterned paper on my solid colored card stock, or can I do something else with it as well?
You can use your patterned paper all by itself. You can use cardstock as a background on its own. You can combine the two, like in my Evening in Waikiki layout below. You can use smaller pieces of cardstock OR patterned paper as photo mats or journaling squares or borders or all types of embellishments.
Cardstock is awesome
You can do pretty much whatever you like. Personally, I like to use plain cardstock for a lot of my layouts.
You can emboss cardstock, stamp on it, punch/die cut it, spray it, distress it - the possibilities are endless.
All the layouts below have been made with only solid color cardstock (no pre-made patterned paper, whatsoever). Dinner Table NSD Challenge 2 By Here Kitty
"Some people love stamping, some hate it and some like to buy thousands of stamps but never use them. LOL"
I am a perfect example of the last part...but I am hoping that some tips from this forum will help me use them more!!
The nice thing about stamps it that you can use them over and over. If you use a sticker or similar embellie, it is gone. So I have good intentions. I like to buy the "Cat's Eye" stacks or any little ink pads...that way I can afford more colors and if I find I am using one more and more, then I buy the full size pad.
It seems that all the replies already answered your question about cardstock!! Another thing that I enjoy doing with plain cardstock is putting vellum pages over it. This gives the vellum a whole new look!