My Favorite Crafty Things 2017 — Paper & Adhesive

My Favorite Crafty Things 2017 — Paper & Adhesive

– [Instructor] Hi and welcome back to another of My Favorite
Crafty Things of 2017. Today is all about paper and adhesive. So these are two of the
most critical things that we use with card making. So I thought it was important to share some of my favorites. Keep in mind there are a lot
of great products out there. These are just ones that I’ve
found are tried and true. Now remember to go to my blog also because I have discount codes, giveaways, and much more information for you along with the rest of the series. Let’s go ahead and start with cardstock and specialty papers. Now I feel very strongly that it’s important to use a high quality cardstock
when making cards. You’ll get better stamped results and your card will feel more substantial. So like you wanna use a
heavy weight cardstock for the base of your card. So it holds up nicely. Let’s start with white cardstock. I find that for most of my
card making and stamping I use Neenah Solar White Classic Crest and the 110 pound. This is a very thick,
high quality cardstock. It takes stamping great, it’s perfect for a card base, because it’s nice and
thick and heavy weight, and you can use any kind of inking or copic marker on this. Now as I mentioned,
this is a heavy weight, 110 pound cardstock. Now it’s important to note
that not all 110 pound cardstocks are the same thickness. This is a ream of 250 sheets of the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. This is a cover cardstock. That means it’s nice and heavy weight and this is a great quality cardstock for card making. So this is, again, 250 sheets. You can see how thick that stack is because this is heavy weight. Now this has that number, 110 pound. It also has another number
next to it that’s smaller and that’s almost 300. That’s the grams per
square meter, or the GSM. We want that number to be high too. So let’s compare this to
another ream of cardstock. This is also a white cardstock from Neenah that happens to be 110 pounds also. But notice how much thinner that stack of 250 sheets is. It’s significantly thinner. So even though this is 110 pounds also, it’s a different type of cardstock so you really can’t compare. And the GSM on this one is under 200. This one on the bottom is
the Neenah Exact Index. It’s like index cards. You know the thickness of an index card. Whereas the Neenah
Classic Crest on the top is a cover weight. So, I use that Neenah Exact Index to create the little inserts for my stamp storage, but I don’t use it in crafting. So if you go to like a discount store or office supply store and you see a 110 pound cardstock, keep in mind that it
may still be quite thin. That’s why I recommend
the Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White cover cardstock that you see up there at the top. You can get it in a ream like this which is a lot of cardstock, or you can get it in 25 page packs over at some of the craft
stores that I link to. Now keep in mind, this
happens to be my favorite thick white cardstock, however, some of the online craft stores have other thick white cardstocks that will be just as heavy weight, that you can try also. Now I want to do a little more comparison between these two cardstocks so you can really see the difference because I can not say enough how much a heavy weight cardstock
makes a difference in your card making. So on the left we have the
Classic Crest Solar White, which is the heavy weight one that I like. And on the top there to the right we have the Exact Index, which is
the thinner white cardstock. It’s still a great quality cardstock. I just don’t think it’s
the best for crafting as it’s best to have something very thick. So I have the light shining on my phone and you can see that the Exact Index is much thinner, so more light goes through. I’m just trying to come up with a way to show the thickness
better on the camera. It’s kinda hard to show. But you can definitely feel
a difference in person. Here is the heavier weight
cardstock on the bottom and the Exact index is on the top. So I think you can kinda see there the thickness difference. You can also tell a difference when you go to fold this cardstock. They both fold beautifully, but you can tell that
the Neenah Classic Crest is thicker and more substantial. So perfect for a card base and for your stamping. If you wanted to try this, as I mentioned, there are 25 paper packs that you can get at some online craft stores. I’ll link to those, or you can try some of
the other white cardstocks that some of these
online craft stores have. Like the Simon Says Stamp or the Gina K white cardstocks. Those are nice too. And again, I will link
to two articles below if you want to really better understand the differences and the
different types of cardstocks. Another bright white cardstock that I’ve been using lately is the Gina K Artist Choice cardstock. This is a very excellent quality cardstock that many people recommended to me for using with alcohol
markers, such as copics, or for colored pencil. This is also 110 pound high quality, very thick cardstock. It’s bright white and it has what they say is like a little more tooth to it. So it’s better for coloring. Again, I’m just starting
to use this lately and I really do like
the results that I get. So that’s another one
that you can consider. I also think it’s good to have
a Bristol smooth cardstock in your stash. I personally like the
Koh-I-noor Bristol cardstock because it is a bright white cardstock. Now it comes in pads, there are two different sizes. This is the smaller pad and when you cut one of the pages in half, you end up with two, four and a quarter by five and a half inch pieces that are perfect for a card. There’s also a larger pack, I think it’s nine by 12. Now this is again a very
bright white cardstock. And the Bristol smooth cardstock kind of allows your marker to move a little bit on the surface so you can do more blending. So I use this cardstock
for my real brush pens, such as these, which are the Arteza pens. Or for my Zig Clean Color real brush pens. I also use this paper
for my Tombow markers. So I have an opportunity
to smooth the color out. So the first paper I did there was the Koh-I-noor Bristol Smooth. This paper here is the
Neenah Classic Crest. Now I love this cardstock
but you can see that color doesn’t move much on it. You don’t get that blending. That’s okay, I like the
Neenah Classic Crest for stamping and everything else. But in case you want to do
some blending with markers, I would try this Bristol Smooth. Here I’m putting down some color onto my different cardstocks here and kind of adding some water to it to kind of blend it out and give it a watercolor look. And you can see that with
the Koh-I-noor Bristol Smooth it has much better results than on the Neenah
Classic Crest Solar White. So that’s why I keep
this cardstock on hand for any of the marker techniques that I want to do. I don’t use the Bristol
Smooth for copic markers. For copic markers I do prefer
that Neenah Classic Crest, which I showed you earlier. Now if I do watercolor, I like to use the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper. I like this because it’s bright white. I also like that there’s a textured side and a smooth side and it’s nice and thick. Now keep in mind I am by no means an expert in watercolor, however I have always had
great luck with this cardstock and I love that it is bright white. Next I have a very unique paper that I’ve really been
enjoying using lately. This is the Ranger Specialty paper. This is a unique, coated paper that is really fun for stamping and unique coloring techniques. It has more of a slick surface, even though it’s matte. It just feels different
than regular cardstock. But it is really fun to use. You can emboss on it and do lots of things with this too. Now I wanted to show you how it stamps so you can kinda get a better idea of how this is different and I will also link to a video here where I use this cardstock
for a fun technique. So here I’m going to stamp
with just some basic dye ink from Gina K Designs. This is a bossy, jossy
stamp that I love so much. This small piece is the Neenah
Classic Crest Solar White. The big piece is the Specialty paper. And you can see that it
doesn’t dry instantly on that Specialty paper
because it has a coating on it. But if I heat set this
or let it dry on its own, it has a very vibrant,
bold looking result to it. It’s very nice and crisp. You can do all kinds of different stamping techniques on this. So this is just something
fun and different to use and you can use it for
basic stamping also. I will be sure to use this
Specialty stamping paper again in future videos as it’s so unique. Okay, let’s next talk
about colored cardstock. I’ll be honest with you, there are a lot of great
colored cardstocks out there available at craft stores and there is a lot of overlap
between different companies. There are overlapping colors
between different companies. However, they are all high quality. They’re all nice and thick. I do recommend using thick cardstock for everything in crafting
because it really makes a big difference in how
the final card looks, especially for the card base. And by the way, I find having a card swatch ring like this very helpful because I can easily figure
out what color I used on a project or find something that perfectly matches my project, or re-order when I run low on a color. Now this year I find that
I’ve been buying cardstock mostly from a few different companies and I wanted to share
those with you today. But again, there are other great companies out there, just make sure you’re going for the good quality cardstock, mostly available at craft stores or those specialty paper stores. The first cardstock I would recommend is Gina K Designs cardstock. This is a great high quality,
heavy weight cardstock that comes in beautiful colors. I know a lot of people like
when they can have cardstock and ink that matches and Gina K does have inks
to match the cardstock and even envelopes. So you really can create
a completed project that all matches. Here you can see how well
the cardstock actually does match the inks, it
really is a great match. This is the cardstock that I
think I reach for the most. Beautiful colors. Okay, next up we have the
My Favorite Things cardstock and I’ve used this
cardstock for many years. This again is a nice,
heavy weight cardstock available in many, many beautiful colors. They even have a variety pack that gives you a taste
of the different colors that they have to offer. My Favorite Things also
does have ink colors that coordinate with their cardstocks. Next up we have Lawn Fawn cardstock. You can buy this in packs of single colors or multi-color packs. This again, heavy
weight, beautiful colors, great for stamping and card making. And there aren’t that many
colors yet in their line, but every single color
is one that I really like and I reach for a lot and there are coordinating
ink colors available, and I really like the Lawn Fawn inks. Next we have Simon Says Stamp cardstock. Now this cardstock is very
similar to the others, where it’s heavy weight and great quality. There are inks that coordinate and I do go to them a lot because they have a great
selection of colors also. Now last but not least, I would recommend the high quality great colors of the
Reverse Confetti cardstock. The reason I recommend her cardstock is because there are
some really unique colors that I have really
enjoyed using this year. Now there are three colors of cardstock, particular colors I would recommend. Simon Says Stamp has the fog cardstock, that’s that top sheet here. It’s like a light gray. That is a great base for any card. For a black cardstock I would recommend the Gina K Designs onyx black cardstock. It’s a nice quality dark black paper. And then finally, the Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft cardstock. This is like a light paper bag look that’s a good neutral, again, for many different card styles. So those are three specific
colors I reach for often. Now for vellum there are
a couple different vellums that I would recommend. This is the Grafix vellum assortment pad. These are all light weight vellums, but included in here is like
a shimmery silver vellum, a gold shimmery. There’s like a parchment paper look. There’s one that even is a vellum that looks like it has clouds on it and then regular light weight vellum. This is great for overlays on cards or anytime you want a
vellum that isn’t as thick. It’s a good price point and I’ve used this in many,
many different videos. Now I also recommend
having a heavier weight cardstock on hand and
I’ll link to the ones that I like below. Here you can see how much thicker this heavy weight vellum is. For heavy weight I recommend something about 40 pounds, around 40 pounds. That’s a good option to have. This is actually so thick you could use it for a card base if you wanted to. Another product I’ve used a lot this year is the Judikans Embossable window plastic. This is a clear acetate
piece that’s crystal clear, great for adding accents on cards, but what’s great about this
particular acetate piece is that you can heat emboss on it. It won’t warp and you can
get a nice, crisp image. And I’ll link to a
video where I used here. There are a few more specialty cardstocks that I wanted to share. First we have the Gina
K metallic cardstock. This is available in
silver, gold and copper and it’s just like kind
of a shimmery cardstock that isn’t too bold I would say. It’s nice and thick so you can
even use it for a card base. Now lately I have really been enjoying using different types of
like hand crafted papers on my cards. Tonic just came out with a bunch of hand-crafted specialty papers that all have like a shimmery look to it with lots of texture and different forms of patterns. So I’m just gonna show you some
of the different ones here. There are different
colors and looks to them. Now these, they do die cut, but you kinda smash it
down when you die cut it. It does pop up a bit, but what I like to do is
just put a strip of this on the background of a card and then just have a simple die cut or sentiment on top, makes a beautiful background and adds a lot of interest
with no effort at all. This floral one is especially beautiful. Now I used one of these
on a card recently, just on the background and I’ll link to that video here, but you can see that there are many different options available. These are hand-crafted cotton papers, really beautiful, nice feel to them and there are five sheets per package. I will say this paper
does last you a while because you don’t need to
use a large piece of it or use it a lot on a card. A little goes a long way. This one is particularly cool. It has such a neat look to it. Now along the same lines, I also have enjoyed using,
like thick mulberry paper, or hand-made paper that just comes in beautiful colors. I’ll link to the
particular pack that I get. You can see there are
many colors in this pack. These are all eight and
a half by 11 sheets. Now I’ve used this in a video
before, which I’ll link to and where I used a piece of blue and then I lightly inked over the texture with some distress ink and an inking tool and it really makes that
texture of the paper stand out even more and you can die cut this too. Okay, so now we have glitter cardstocks. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve liked many different
glitter cardstock over the years. However, a lot of them have
been discontinued over time and I’m not a fan of
glitter that rubs off. I want the glitter to stay put on my paper So I am really liking this new collection from Simon Says Stamp. These are six by six glitter cardstocks. The glitter doesn’t rub off. It doesn’t have a terrible smell. You can buy the multi-pack, like you see here, or
individual color packs. And they die cut beautifully. Okay so this brings us to adhesives. Keep in mind that everybody
has different needs or wants out of adhesives. So you’ll get different experiences from different people. These are just the ones that I find have worked
over the years for me and give the best results. I use a different adhesive
for different situations so I’ll talk about that too. Now to adhere paper to paper there are two adhesives that I reach for. Now these both work very similar. The first is the Kokuyo
dot liner adhesive. This is the long version. When you apply it to your paper you get a row of tiny
little dots of dry adhesive. The other is the Altenew adhesive. It also puts down a line
of tiny little dots. What I really like about
these two adhesives is that you can rub them away if you change your mind. That is a huge, huge thing for me. I change my mind a lot when I craft. So to be able to remove that adhesive is really beneficial to me. Now once you’ve glued two pieces of paper together with this it does hold nicely. Now the Kokuyo version actually
has the refills available. There is 36 meters of
adhesive in one of these and you can buy the refills for it and they easily pop in and out. It also has a little flip lid that stays attached to the adhesive. Now the other one is the Altenew adhesive. I don’t think there are
refills available for this but they come in a pack of three. It’s smaller and it has 25 meters in it. Both of these are great adhesives. I probably reach for the Altenew one more because it fits in my hand so nice. Now for gluing embellishments I like to use the Distress
Collage medium adhesive. That’s the bottle that
you see there on the left. I actually take that collage medium and put it in the fine tip bottle that you see on the right. So I can do fine tip application. But the Distress Collage
medium can be used for many, many different techniques, but I use it as a strong adhesive. It drys matte and it drys very quickly. You can glue paper together with this or pretty much anything. But I use it mostly for
adding like sequins or gems to my cards. Now you can see you can
get small little areas out with the regular bottle, but I like to move some of it over to this ultra fine tip bottle so I can get really tiny areas. You want to be sure to always
keep this bottle closed, whether you get the
bottle with a little lid, or the one that has a little
needle that goes in it. But you always wanna keep it closed so it doesn’t dry out. This Distress Collage medium
has a great price point and as I mentioned, it drys very strong, very fast and it drys matte. So if a little bit of
it oozes out the side, you would never know. I also like the multi medium from Ranger that works great too. Now for tiny areas where
I don’t have to worry about using a super duper strong adhesive, I like the Quickie glue pen. This is great for gluing
tiny little die cuts together or getting into small areas. It goes down like a gel pen, but really it’s just putting
down a bit of adhesive. I’ve been using this one for years and this price point is very low also. I also like to use a
couple different types of double sided adhesive. The first is the Couture
Creations double sided adhesive. What I do with this one is I remove one of the release papers to expose the adhesive and then I put that onto
a piece of cardstock, so I can create my own
adhesive backed cardstock. I use this particular
double sided adhesive when I want to create
my own sheet of stickers with die cutting. So let me show you. Here I have a piece of white cardstock where I put some of that Couture Creations doubled sided adhesive on the back. I’m going to run this
through my die cut machine with this heart die. And when I remove it, the die cuts through the
cardstock and the adhesive, but not the release paper on the back since it’s a little bit thicker. And that’s great because it
keeps all my little die cuts, in this case just one heart, on the sheet and all I have to do is remove the heart like a sticker from a sticker sheet and I can add it right onto my project. This is especially helpful with intricate die cuts
that would be, kind of, difficult to remove a tiny
die cut release paper from. I also like to use Stick
It adhesive sheets. This is much thinner, so when you put this on
the back of cardstock, you can actually cut
through this completely too. So you can have just kind
of a floating sticker. So with this one, again, I would stick it to the
back of a piece of cardstock to create my own adhesive backed cardstock and die cut it and then
I would have a die cut with adhesive on the back. So both work great, this one just happens to be thinner and cuts through completely
on your die cut machine. I also think it’s important
to have some strong double sided tape on hand. I prefer the Be creative tape, which is available in
many different widths. The width that I use the most is this one that’s a eighth of an inch. It’s thin so you can get it in small areas and use if for things
like shaker card windows. I like this particular double sided tape because it tears very easily. You can just tear it with
you fingers, or cut it, and you can remove the
release paper very easily so you don’t have to
fiddle with it too much. I like to use the tip of my craft knife to kind of release the release paper, but you could also use your
fingernail or tweezers. Now this is super strong. It won’t let go, so I find myself using
this on almost every card. But once you put it down, that’s where it’s gonna stay. So you really can’t move
this when you’re crafting. There are a few dimensional
adhesive options that I like. The first is the Scrapbook
adhesive foam squares. I like these for several reasons. First they come off the sheet very easily and the little square release paper comes off very easily too. Now these are kinda thin
with some give to them. They squish down a bit, which I like because if I use
this on a card in the mail, it’ll squish down without
crinkling up my card and then it pops back up. Now you can cut these
in half at a diagonal to create small little triangles, which I often do for small areas. A bunch of these come in a pack, I think like 300 squares. So they last you quite a while. Another dimensional
adhesive that I really like is the Darice foam adhesive strips. So this is a very narrow foam strip and you can actually curve it a little bit so if you do shaker
cards, this is excellent. It tears very easily, has nice dimension, and it also has a little give to it. So if it gets squished
down it pops back up. Here you can see how nicely it tears. I like that this is narrow
because I used to go ahead and cut my wider foam tape in thin strips, but this saves me a lot of time. And it bends very easily too. I also like to use the 3m foam tape. This comes in a giant roll, a huge roll. I’ve used most of mine, so I have a smaller roll here. But this tears and cuts very nicely. If you buy a less expensive option, some of them don’t tear nicely
or stick to your scissors, so I like this higher quality option. It does have a nice stick
to it, it holds nicely, but it is pretty firm. So if you use this on
the back of something that you put through the mail, you wanna make sure you’re
pretty generous with it, so your cardstock doesn’t
get squished around it. However, I reach for this
foam tape quite often. Now If I’m creating a card where I have a large cardstock piece, that I want to add onto
the front of a card with dimension, I use the
white craft foam piece instead of any foam tape. That way when it goes through the mail and gets squished a bit, it doesn’t get crunched. It doesn’t kinda create creases and I have a video that demonstrates this which I’ll link to here. Now this white craft foam
has some dimension to it but it tears easy, cuts easy, and you can use your trimmer on it. So say I wanted to glue
this red cardstock piece that’s oh so lovely here to the front of a card with dimension, I would glue that white
craft foam piece behind it. And to glue the craft foam in place, I would either use collage medium or strong double sided
tape like the Be Creative tape that I showed you earlier. Now before we go, there’s one
more topic I wanted to cover, ’cause it kinda fits with the paper arena and that is envelopes. This is another thing where
high quality envelopes really hold up much better. So if you create a card
with some embellishments on it, a thicker envelope
will hold up better through the mail. And it really gives a nice finished look to something that you’ve
spent a lot of time making. Now there are two brands of envelopes that I use most. And the first is the Simon
Says Stamp envelope brand. Now the Simon Says Stamp envelopes are available in many colors, many of which even have a metallic finish. Most of them have the square flap with the little self
stick adhesive strips, so you just peel that off and it sticks and it holds very well. Now some of them, as I mentioned, do have a metallic finish to them and then some of the
have a V-flap to them, like this red one that you see here. It’s a fancy V-flap. And I’ll link to them all and you can see in the description which each particular envelope is. They also have a vellum envelope that’s like a clear one that
you can put through the mail and even a wood envelope. Lots of option there and
even some variety packs. Now the other brand of
envelopes that I use often are the Gina K Designs envelopes. As I mentioned, she has the cardstocks, inks and envelopes that all match and there are some beautiful colors here. I just love that turquoise sea. And I believe all of her envelopes have a traditional square flap on them. These are all nice and thick so I find if I have a card,
maybe with some nuvo drops or a few layers of paper, I really can trust that these
envelopes are thick enough that I don’t have to worry
about damaging my card. However, if I do have a card that has a lot of thickness to it or a lot of embellishments, I do put my card and
envelope in a padded envelope for mailing. And by the way, I have a swatch ring here of all my envelopes
because I use them so much. I always need to know what
color to go back and order. Okay, so there you have
my favorite papers, adhesives, and envelopes of 2017. Be sure to go to my
blog for discount codes and more information. I have a lot of these
supplies linked below in my YouTube description also. In the middle are a couple other videos that might be helpful to you, including last years version of this, which also has great options. Thanks so much for sticking with me for this long video and we’ll see you again very soon.

93 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2017 — Paper & Adhesive

  1. Thanks for taking the time to give us this information. When I use a heavyweight card stock as a card base, the finished card never stays closed. No matter how much I crease it with my Teflon bone folder the top of the card pops up.

  2. What adhesive do you use and like best for adhering something to glitter paper. I agree with you and all your suggestions and like what you do in this video, but glitter seems to be a problem when you want to place something else on top of it.
    I really appreciate and love these videos 🙂

  3. Another great video Jennifer. I have fallen in love with the Gina K papers and envelopes too (thanks to you). I recommend them to everyone because they're such high quality and come in a fabulous variety of colors. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a wonderful week. ~HUGS~

  4. I make lists from the videos, and decide what a I need, if I do not have it already. These videos are so helpful, and fun too!

  5. Thank you so much for all the time that you put into these videos. They are such a help to all of us.
    Blessings to you and your family during this holiday season,

  6. I think all your adhesives choices are great. I have recently incorporated the fun foam into my card making and I love it. I find however that I make a ton of card envelopes to match my cards. I've been using the we r memory keepers envelop maker. I occasionally find that my envelopes are cricked, any thoughts? I've tried to make sure that I start with a square piece of paper but same problem………Any thoughts?

  7. Beware Darice adhesives! When I first started cardmaking, I used Darice tape runner. A while later, the tape dried out and all my cards fell apart and the adhesive stayed on the paper and stained it!!!

  8. Only because you sometimes have said you weren’t sure how to pronounce something, I’ll just mention that the Kokuyo adhesive isn’t pronounced “Ko yo ku”, but is actually “ko ku (as in koo) yo”. :).

    You are, however, one of the few I’ve heard pronounce ‘Gansai Tambi’ correctly! Japanese is actually quite easy to pronounce as long as you know the sound the vowel makes. Ahhh ehhhh eeeeeee oh uuu (ahh ape sea owe you). For the most part, each letter is pronounced, and if there are two vowels together, each is pronounced… ga n sa eee tam bee. So many people watch your videos, I’m sure there are more people who now pronounce gansai more accurately now! Haha, this gets me thinking about how many people incorrectly say, ‘multi Mat medium’ instead of ‘multi medium mat’ (even other well known card makers), and ‘Modge Podge’ instead of ‘MOD Podge’… drives me nuts! Anyway,, thank you for your recommendations! I refer back to your ‘Favorite Crafty Things’ all year long!

  9. Gina K. and Simon are two of my favorite envelope options, but I LOVE Cards and Pockets too. They have a TON of colors and are really cheap and excellent quality.

  10. The card base seems so basic yet it's so hard to get here in Australia, I finally tracked down the only stockist in the Country, I paid $49. for 25 sheets plus $10 for postage so not sure if I will get it again. so frustrating.

  11. Hi Jennifer,  I love your videos, I watch them all the time.  On this particular video, since you love quality cardstock might I suggest  I know from other videos that you bring your cardstock to be cut, well Paper and More also has a service where they cut it for you for a very, very small fee.  The quality and service of this company is excellent.  I, also buy my cardstock from Gina K. and Simon Says, they also have quality cardstock.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us crafters that do not have a business but just love to craft as a hobby.

  12. I love watching these videos every year! Can you refresh my memory on the wool felt you use in your felt projects please. I’ve just started crafting with felt and want to get better quality felt. TIA!

  13. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your informative "favorite things" videos. They are a lot of work to produce, so thanks muchly!

  14. Haven't watched your video all the way through (I'll come back to it) Thanks for the information about the thickness of the card stock. I never knew that – certainly will look out for the thicker card stock now. 🙂 Thanks again for all the informative and creative videos you share. x

  15. Great video as usual. At the 19:48 marker, you're using a Big Shot with an on/off switch instead of a crank handle. What is it, and where is it available?

  16. i like crafters companion long sheets for boxes and tim holtz and cricut paper
    adhesive i like is xyron and elmers
    love your videos

  17. Another very useful video tutorial Jennifer, thank you.  I would like to thank you also for sharing your talent with us crafters.  Have a happy christmas with your family and friends.  :O)

  18. Thanks Jennifer, great information especially about the envelopes!!!  I sent you a PM about envelopes and this is the 2nd time Ive heard you talk about them since the PM I sent.  Whether you did it on purpose or not, your timing is perfect!!!  Your simply amazing. God bless you and your family at this wonderful time of year!!!!

  19. Thank you so much for the very informative video that you have put together for all of us. Love the fact that you have links to everything you are sharing as well as videos for each item you think needs more examples. It is greatly appreciated and I realize that it is a lot of work to put this together for us. So again thank you very much for your time and effort Jennifer!!

  20. Thank you BIG time, Jennifer! Although I've been carmaking for about 5 yrs, I had no idea the differences between Neenah white card! And I thought the "gsm" was the British equivalent to US weight (doh!). I took so many notes — thank you thank you thank you ♥

  21. I just love all your videos. I have a pad of paper and pencil with me when you post these so I can write down what I'm interested in. Usually it's 90% or more of your suggestions. I write them down because I won't remember where I found something. Thank you so much.

  22. I love your videos! All of them, but these “favorite things” videos are down right educational. I’m new to this hobby and with so much “stuff” available it’s hard to know where to begin. Thanks a million!

  23. Thanks for all the info unfortunately it is hard and expensive to get many of the supplies you use in Canada. Was wondering I know you were a big fan of multi medium matte is that in comparison to the distress collage brand? Thanks love watching you videos.

  24. Ty for explain GSM in uk we do it by GSM not lbs. I always use 300 or 250 GSM for card bases bit 180 or 200 for printing images

  25. I have ran across core paper and find it hard to work with ie folding etc. Any tips you can pass on for its use? Wish the package told us ahead of time it was core paper.

  26. New subcriber! Loved how detailed and vocally understandable you are! Thank you for sharing I learned a lot! And you do not talk so fast you cannot be understood, exactly right tempo!

  27. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this video and I do value all the information you share in all of your videos.  While our hobby is quite an expensive one, I like alternative options to keep my expenses down and still make beautiful cards to share with my family and friends. And, while I don't, I can't tell you how many times, people have told me to sell my cards.   I've been looking at the card stock that Hallmark cards and American Greetings use and I would place it very close to the Index card range.  Yet, one could pay quite a bit for one card.  I use the GP card stock from Walmart.  And it is a lot less expensive.  By the time you've layered and matted, which you would do the same with a heavier base card, you have quite a substantial card and don't really need a heavier card stock.  I don't seem to have a problem using Memento Inks with this card stock.  I've also used Bianyo alcohol inks and Bic Alcohol inks on it, and was very happy with the results.  My point in all of this, is that while it's great to receive a lot of free items to craft with or to be able to purchase all the latest and greatest tools,  most of us don't, yet there are still alternatives for  lesser expensive products that can still produce beautiful results.  Thank you again for sharing.

  28. Thank you Thank you for sharing your views about the various products. Your opinion is so valuable. Always find something I've never seen or heard about when watching your yearly product videos. Thanks for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

  29. Thank you SO much for such a comprehensive video. I found the portion on the differences on the weights of the cardstock to be especially helpful.

  30. Love your Fave series.  Do you know a reasonable source for Canson Mi-Teintes Spiral Pad – 9" x 12", White Paper, Sheets with Slipsheets, 16 Sheets?  It's on my list this year!

  31. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your favourite papers and adhesives. I thank these Christmas holidays so I can overdose on your videos and can take your classes too!! 🙂
    I was just wondering if adhesives refills are recyclable. I mean, being a crafter means using a lot of adhesive, do you know any brands whose refills can be easily recyclable or the paper we remove from double sided adhesive tape? If not, why not to ask someway the craft companies to produce materials which can be recyclable?
    I wish you a wonderful 2018, with a lot of crafty projects and full of joy. XoXo 🙂

  32. Try getting the solar white cardstock at Amazon — the price fluctuates. I just got it before the holidays for $40 with free shipping. This is the BEST cardstock.

  33. Thanks Jennifer for a great tips and information about paper and glue….this is very useful and helpful for crafters………….pat

  34. Jennifer, you are SO RIGHT about the 110# classic crest card stock! I bought it based on your recommendation because I have never really liked the flimsy way my cards feel with other card stocks. Now I am pretty much always reaching for this card stock – my finished product is just so much nicer! Thank you so much for making these excellent informative videos.They really do help a lot!

  35. Kind of late on this question, but how do you prefer to adhere vellum? There used to be vellum adhesive that I now can not find. Most that I have now show through.

  36. Thanks for this information. The 80lb i use has a 216 gsm, is that the one you use? I bought it from amazon it says neenah solar white crest.

  37. Hi Jen. I can't seem to find the link to the video where you said you used the Judikins Embossable Window Plastic, nor the link to the video where you said you used the Tonic Handcrafted Papers… Where can we find the links? Thanks!

  38. Thank you! Every time I watch this video I discover a new product. Today I came back to figure out the cardstock weight issue, and you explained it perfectly. Just ordered a big pack of the classic crest with your link, yay!

  39. your videos are so awesome. I'm making my cardstock ring now, this will help me show my clients the color options for my paper flowers.

  40. Hi Jennifer- thank you for your videos. Question which brand do you recommend for an ivory color paper? Making parents wedding anniversary invite.

  41. Jennifer, thank you so much for all your help and all the information you give us. These videos are soooo educational, I can't stress this enough. I love your style and your explanations. You're the best!

  42. Thank you Jennifer for all your helpful info! I know that quality solids are the foundation of any papercrafter's stash. But for some patterned paper fun, try the HOT BUY paper 12×12 stack pads from Michael's Recollections (no, I'm not associated with Michael's….I just like their patterned paper a lot.) On Black Friday, they had these pads for $5.00 each! I bought 4 pads of holiday/winter theme collections. Honestly, the design team that produced the holiday/winter collections this year (2018) knocked it out of the park (and I'm not easily impressed.) BF is over now, but you can often get each stack for $10 when on sale. The quality of the paper, color/pattern coordination and the beauty and sophistication of the designs are really impressive. Each stack is usually 48 pages of heavyweight, gorgeously designed patterns (usually 4 of each pattern.) There are some pad designs where the paper is thinner, so it is best to feel the paper before you buy it. This paper can work great as a front foundation on cheaper pre-creased blank cards and it makes stunning die cuts.😀

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