4 Perks of Color-Coordinated Solid Cardstock Sets

Last Updated: April 11, 2024

Solid cardstock sets are a staple for every crafter’s corner, especially when they come in different colors. Whether you're creating handmade cards, scrapbooking, or whipping up some fancy DIY crafts, choosing the right colored cardstock is key to making your project pop.

A greeting card decorated with a smattering of colorful purple, pink, and deep red flowers around the border of the project

In this blog post, let’s dive into what crafters like you should look for in solid cardstock sets, the different qualities that make up the perfect cardstock, and the perks of using color-coordinated cardstock in your next project. Stick around and find out!

What to Look for in Cardstock Sets

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Andromeda
A birthday card created from purple colored cardstock and a black background

First off, what exactly should you look for when picking out your perfect cardstock? Let's break it down:

1. Thickness Matters

One of the first things to consider is the thickness of the cardstock. Are you making a sturdy invitation or a delicate paper flower? Make sure to choose a weight that suits your project's needs. Thicker cardstock tends to be more durable and is ideal for projects that require extra support.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Blush

2. Color Selection

This one might seem obvious, but the color selection is crucial. Consider the mood and theme of your project. Are you going for vibrant and bold, or soft and pastel? Also, pay attention to how the colors complement each other if you're using multiple shades in one project. 

Pro tip: Some brands like Altenew offer color-coordinated packs, making it easier to mix and match.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Crimson
Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Emerald

3. Texture Adds Dimension

Don't underestimate the power of texture! Whether you prefer a smooth finish or something with a bit of texture, it can add depth and visual interest to your creations. Textured cardstock can mimic the look of fabric or add a subtle tactile element to your project.

4. Choose Acid-Free for Longevity

If you want your creations to stand the test of time, opt for acid-free cardstock. Acid-free paper is less prone to yellowing and deterioration, ensuring that your masterpiece stays vibrant and beautiful for years to come. Plus, it's safer to preserve precious memories in scrapbooks or photo albums.

A "you are precious" greeting card with die-cut purple and pink orchid blooms as the focal points

5. Printer Compatibility

Planning to print designs or text onto your cardstock? Make sure it's compatible with your printer. Some cardstocks are specifically designed for inkjet or laser printers, so double-check before you hit the print button to avoid any smudges or jams.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Grapevine
Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Just Green

6. Price Point

Last but not least, consider your budget. While premium cardstock might be tempting, there are plenty of affordable options available that still offer quality and versatility. 

Shop around and don't be afraid to mix high-end papers with budget-friendly picks to get the best of both worlds.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Mountain Mist

Crafty Necessities for Your Crafting Necessities

Create color-coordinated projects easily with Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set

Introducing our Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Sets, essentials for all your paper crafting needs. Designed to fit perfectly into Altenew’s Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine, these cardstock sheets are crafted for ease of use.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Sand Dunes
Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Velvet

Measuring 3" x 6", they are perfect for various projects, and their lighter weight guarantees a seamless die-cutting process. 

Every pack contains 32 sheets, and is color-coordinated with many of Altenew’s dye inks, like Pinkalicious, Just Green, Grapevine, Mountain Mist, Rubellite, and so much more!

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Sets in 16 various colors that coordinate well with existing dye ink colors from Altenew

Embrace the pleasure of crafting without constraint and discover endless possibilities for your creativity!

The Benefits of Color-Coordinating Cardstock

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Lagoon
A New Year greeting card with die-cut floral and nature elements from colored cardstock sheets

Having cardstock that color coordinates with the dye inks you're using is like finding the perfect pair of shoes to go with a stunning outfit – it just ties everything together! Here are a few reasons why matching your cardstock to your dye inks is a total game-changer:

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Pinkalicious
A "happiness enclosed" card with a blooming florals as a background, created from die-cut colored cardstock

1. Seamless Blending

Ever struggled with blending different colored inks on mismatched paper? It can be a real headache trying to get those transitions smooth. But when your cardstock matches your dye inks, it's like they were meant to be together. You'll achieve seamless blends without any awkward color clashes.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Rubellite

2. Enhanced Vibrancy

Dye inks really shine when they're paired with complementary cardstock. The colors pop with an extra dose of vibrancy, making your stamped images and designs stand out in all their glory. Say goodbye to dull and lackluster results – matching cardstock takes your projects to the next level.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Pink Diamond
Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Puffy Heart

3. Time-Saving Convenience

Let's face it – crafting is supposed to be fun, not a headache-inducing scavenger hunt for the perfect color match. When you have cardstock that complements your dye inks, you can say goodbye to endless searching and hello to streamlined creativity. It's like having your own personal color-coordinated dream team at your fingertips.

Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Rose Quartz

4. Professional-Looking Results

Whether you're making handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, or art journal pages, having cardstock that matches your dye inks gives your projects a polished and professional appearance. You'll impress friends and family with your eye for detail and cohesive design – they'll be wondering how you pulled it off!

An "I admire your courage" greeting card made with blue-colored cardstock. blue dye ink, and a 3D embossing folder
Crafty Necessities: Solid Cardstock Set - Ultraviolet

Solid Color Cardstock for the Win!

So there you have it – the benefits of having cardstock that color coordinates with your dye inks are truly game-changing! Say hello to seamless blending, enhanced vibrancy, consistent color representation, time-saving convenience, and professional-looking results.

A thank you for everything card with a colored cardstock background and some white floral die-cuts as focal points

The next time you're shopping for colored cardstock, remember these qualities to ensure your projects turn out picture-perfect. Happy crafting, and don’t forget to drop by In the Craft Room for more crafting inspiration and ideas!


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