A Dozen Ways to Dress Up Cardstock

Cardstock is adaptable, affordable, and always available. Elevate cardstock from its stint as supporting player to lead role on your layouts.

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    Creative Cardstock Ideas

    Learn what techniques were applied to these cardstock squares.

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    Ripped Cardstock

    Tear the edges for a scrappy look.

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    Sanded Cardstock

    Sand white-core cardstock for a distressed and grungy look.

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    Heat-Embossed Cardstock

    Heat-emboss stamped designs in your cardstock for a DIY background.

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    Folded Cardstock

    Fold and crease with a bone folder for crisp lines and designs on your cardstock.

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    Wet Cardstock

    Manipulate dampened strips into shapes and machine-stitch them into place.

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    Crimped Cardstock

    Corrugate cardstock with a paper crimper for a manufactured-cardboard look.

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    Tone-on-Tone Cardstock

    Layer shapes punched from the same color cardstock for a subtle design.

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    Hole-Punched Cardstock

    Punch tiny holes for a Swiss-cheese effect. Lay the cardstock on a piece of another color to let pops of that color show through.

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    Bleached Cardstock

    Brush on bleach to remove color for an artistic look.

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    Dry-Embossed Cardstock

    Dry-emboss with an embossing plate for simple accents.

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    Textured Cardstock

    Use a texture plate and embossing tool for standout designs.

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    Ruffled Cardstock

    Dampen and crumple strips of cardstock. Then machine-stitch them together to make ruffles.

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