I hate cardstock and only because I never have the perfect shade and can never seem to find the perfect shade LOL. Mists help and I alter them a lot but brand wise I really buy whatever from wherever. Core'dinations and Bazzils are definate faves but I always grab lots of cardstock in different colours & brands every single time i order online or go into a store. Mainly cause I keep my stock up and generally can find a sort of matching colour this way lol. I probably go through the most White & Kraft Bazzil and always buy them in bulk but I do have other brand white cardstock that i use too.
For my regular stuff when scrapping I love Bazzill, but if I want to cut something with my Cameo I like to use the smooth cardstock from HL because I know exactly what speed/thickness to cut it out without a lot of guessing and second cutting. Unless I have a new blade and mat the Bazzill can be tricky on designs that are more intricate.
Like most others, I'm partial to Bazzill, but use generic flat colored for die-cuts.
I have some that I love for Christmas cards, but can't find anymore. The co. I got it from went out of business. It's letter size with brush marks and has a shimmery gloss to it.
One thing I use a lot of is plain 4x6 index cards. I print clipart or lettering on it, fussy cut or use the print&cut on the Cameo, then usually add a little stickle/heat embossing/flocking/etc. to make my own embellishments. No reason to mess up a big piece of cs for small clipart designs. I often print/cut it three times and layer it with pop-dots for 3-D. Cheap way to get the exact embellishment I want.
Edited by mrsdriver5 on 08-12-12 08:30 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
Depends on what I'm going to do with it. For the base of a scrapbook page, mini book page or card, I prefer textured Bazzill. If I'm going to mat something where most of it will be covered up, I'll use a less expensive non-textured cardstock.
That said, I love non-textured kraft paper for many different things including everything I said above.
For die cuts and some dry embossing projects, I'll use both...depends on my mood I guess.
In my experience you get what you pay for (unless its something great on sale). When I want white cardstock I prefer matte photo paper. For scrapbooking I am partial to established manufacturers like EK Success, DCWV, K&Company, Recollections (its a Michaels brand), etc. Hope that helps.
I only buy Stampin' Up solid colors. When I first started, I bough whatever and bought a lot of those mulit packs. The paper was awful, the colors were worst and they faded with time!!!!
I like that Stampin' Up has paper families that all match and work together. I love ribbon and buttons, brads that match my paper...perfectly! If I make cards, I need the weight of Stampin' Up's paper.