Hey, I know you know about paper and card. I imagine that you use it almost everyday, much like me. In this post I am not going to be telling you about card BUT I am actually going to be telling you about card.
Make sense? No, well, do have a read and hopefully it will.
Ok, let me make things a little clearer.
Over the last few months I have been searching for a one-stop papercraft supplies source – more specifically for upcoming projects that will require a variety of cardstock weights and types. Now, whilst there are some awesome stores out there, that have a good turnover of great paper and card, I really struggled to understand their offerings based on the content of the website.
In addition, I was always unsure what the colours actually looked like and so often ended up spending cash on things that have already been put in the “maybe one day” pile.
Not great given the volume that I am going to be needing.
Anyway, the search continued until on one of the more recent searches I stumbled across the Papermill Direct website. I had heard of these guys before, from my previous creative adventures and also from random visits to independent craft stores that had their pick n mix boxes available.
What I had not realised was just how extensive their cardstock collection was. Plain, sparkly, textured, all in different weights!
After a while browsing and basket filling I came to the conclusion that this will be my “plain” cardstock source for some time to come.
Why? Well, as ever, I do like to have a set of reasons to put a brand or supplier on a pedestal like that so, in addition to the obvious huge selection that I mentioned earlier and the good postage rates, here were three more very good reasons (for me).
Reason 1 – Swatch Books
I mentioned before how I struggled to get the “right” colour when ordering online, well, what if I could check the colour in my own home BEFORE ordering?
Well, turns out that these guys offer a pack of swatches (complete with split rings) that show 292 samples of their range to see in your own home!
LOVE that I can compare the colours against my project embellishments or compare the coloured sheets with the sparkly sheets AND see them in daylight BEFORE buying! I think that you can tell that I am a little excited about this. Well, it’s a genius idea isn’t it?!
Another awesome benefit of having these swatches is that the paper/card type, colour names and weights are printed on each piece – even the fancy pants glittery stuff – so that I know what to order from the website and don’t have to go hunting!
To be honest, when I got mine, I actually spent a while just looking at the pretty card, lol!
Reason 2 – Offcut Boxes
If you run workshops, classes or groups – or just like a surprise – are their offcut boxes. Budget bundles of random pieces of their cardstock in three different configurations.
Reason 3 – Sample Boxes
If you won’t need to see all of the collection but want to get a look at some specific bits and bobs, the website has a “sample box” offer too.
For £1 you can order 10 samples. Each sample is sized at 105mm x 50mm so you get a good idea of the quality and colour of the card. To be honest, you could even die cut a few things from that size too or a great way to get some “special” bits.
Where To Find All The Things
Any of this of interest to you? If it is, here’s a bunch of links to all of the relevant places.
Right, I hope that you found this useful for your future paper-craft adventures and will come back for more from me soon.
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