27 September 2010

American Crafts Card stock

In a quick break from the kits we finally get to introduce our final reviewer Val. American Crafts kindly sent us some of their card stock and Zing! embossing powders. Here is Vals review of the card stock.

Our review today is focused on American Crafts, who kindly sent a package of its AC Cardstock (Primaries) for us to review.
AC Cardstock is a heavy weight 80lb paper, with a solid core (the color goes all the way through). The ingenious package, which becomes a vertical paper container at the tear of the perforated tab at the top, contains 60 sheets of 15 different colors (in this case Primary/bright colors).

The package retails for $20 (apx. .33 per sheet) and is readily available in both retail and online locations. It’s got a nice texture on one side and is fairly smooth on the reverse. The colors are rich and on-trend.

In my stamping and embossing endeavors, I learned that this cardstock stands up very well to the extreme heat of a heat gun, without warping, curling or buckling.  It also stands up well to wet mediums, like spray ink.

Another great feature of this paper is how it cuts. Not only does it go through a die cutting machine beautifully, it hand cuts very well, too. I used small scissors to cut out intricate shapes and the paper did not tear or fray in the tight corners and curves. This is a great feature if you tend to stamp and cut out your images, or if you plan to use the paper in a die cutting machine.

Overall I thought this paper was of great quality and the choice of over 70 colors impressive. Any papercrafter would find steady use for this in their stash.

Score: 5 Scissors

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