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.

Creative Cardstock Ideas

Learn what techniques were applied to these cardstock squares.

Ripped Cardstock

Tear the edges for a scrappy look.

Sanded Cardstock

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

Heat-Embossed Cardstock

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

Folded Cardstock

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

Wet Cardstock

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

Crimped Cardstock

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

Tone-on-Tone Cardstock

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

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.

Bleached Cardstock

Brush on bleach to remove color for an artistic look.

Dry-Embossed Cardstock

Dry-emboss with an embossing plate for simple accents.

Textured Cardstock

Use a texture plate and embossing tool for standout designs.

Ruffled Cardstock

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

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