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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Tear the edges for a scrappy look.
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Sand white-core cardstock for a distressed and grungy look.
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Heat-emboss stamped designs in your cardstock for a DIY background.
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Fold and crease with a bone folder for crisp lines and designs on your cardstock.
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Manipulate dampened strips into shapes and machine-stitch them into place.
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Corrugate cardstock with a paper crimper for a manufactured-cardboard look.
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Layer shapes punched from the same color cardstock for a subtle design.
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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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Brush on bleach to remove color for an artistic look.
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Dry-emboss with an embossing plate for simple accents.
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Use a texture plate and embossing tool for standout designs.
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Dampen and crumple strips of cardstock. Then machine-stitch them together to make ruffles.