LIVE CHAT – Why is my cardstock cracking? Paper tips & favorites!

Hi all! I hopped on YouTube for a live chat today to talk about cardstock, paper, and my to share my favorites!

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FAVORITES (Blending, Copic Coloring, and Colored Pencils)

  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 80 lb. cover, 25 sheets [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 80 lb. cover, 40 sheets [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 80 lb. cover, 250 sheets [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110 lbs, 25 sheets [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 110 lb. cover, 250 sheets [ Amazon US ]
  • Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock, 80 lb. [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock, 100 lb. [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • 120lb Ultra Thick White card stock [ SimonSaysStamp ]

FAVORITE (Watercolor Markers)

FAVORITES (Watercoloring)

  • Fabriano Artistico Extra White, 5×7 Block [ Amazon US ]
  • Fabriano Artistico Extra White Watercolor Paper, cold press [ Amazon US ]
  • Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12  [ SimonSaysStamp ]  [ Amazon US ]



  • Simon Says Stamp Colored Cardstock  [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock  [ SimonSaysStamp ]
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock  [ MFT ]
  • Gina K Designs Cardstock  [ Gina K ]
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  • Reply Sherry Lowmaster April 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I have 2-3 of the score pal bone folders and the tips wear out. I use a fine grit sand paper to reshape it

  • Reply Beth April 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Great overview. Since Bazzill was purchased by American Crafts, some of Bazzill’s paper has disappeared. No problem finding “card shop?” It’s always fun to try new papers.

    Btw, I have/use a teflon bone folder, but occasionally use the one in my Scor-Board, and it’s actually quite good.

    • Reply Beth April 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      P.S. Because my fingernails aren’t long and maybe because of lots of use, a quick push with the pad of my finger pops out the bone folder! ; )

  • Reply Lisa April 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    great, great, thank you so much !! I have many things to try now haha ;))
    have a nice week-end and thank you for sharing those tips with us !!!

  • Reply Teresa Doyle April 14, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    A great chat, I wish I would have caught it live. Maybe next time. Enjoy your weekend Kristina.

  • Reply Henriëtte April 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I have watch it just now and I love all your tips and anwsers to the questions. Hope that you will announce it next time a few days before on your blog because I now got the mailing this evening ( I live in the Netherlands) at 21.06 u. so I was to late and I like it and want to join in next time. Thanks for this time, I learned a lot.

  • Reply Eve April 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    FYI…I don’t think the link in your email is working for this new chat. (Or it could be!)

  • Reply Julie Craig April 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks Kristina. Very informative and answers my questions about cracking. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Janet D. April 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful tips, especially about the card stock fibers, that will be very helpful! I

  • Reply Sylvia Rivera April 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Kristina. I missed the live chat but am glad I caught the replay. The video is full of great information and tips. Keep these chats coming, I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

  • Reply Valerie Breingan April 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I just wanted to say Thank you
    It’s so fun to learn that everything I use is what you and Jennifer have recommended.These products have NEVER failed me.Your just fantastic Kristina,thanks again.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard April 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Great chat, thanks for posting it on your blog and a link from facebook. Learned a lot and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about inks. I know I have my favorites, will nice to hear about yours and why.

  • Reply Mary W April 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Great video today – really enjoy these. I agree that black ink is another great idea. I can never remember what black goes with what or which to clean with water instead of an ink cleaner and what kind of cleaners I need. I have always wanted to know why I never see demonstrators hurry to remove clear sticky embossing ink from their stamps. I would love to know if it isn’t necessary since some people use it to ‘prime’ a new stamp so do you have to clean it off quickly or just leave it. Questions, questions.

  • Reply Siobhann B April 15, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I love these viddies! Thanks for recording and saving the chats – being on the other side of the world makes it difficult to catch them live and FOMO is a real thing people!! So grateful and interested in your crafty expertise and opinions. I’ve ordered 95% of my crafting supplies based on what you have recommended over the years. The teflon bone folder is definitely on my have to have list, but with our exchange rate, I always end up backing out. Our currency places this hobby in the VERY EXPENSIVE bracket and I cannot afford to buy willy nilly. I can wholeheartedly trust what you recommend which helps the cost factor in the long run! Thanks again!!

  • Reply Tiina April 15, 2018 at 2:14 am

    So so lovely video, love you and your work <3

  • Reply Beth April 15, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Hero Arts Layering Paper is a gorgeous white core cardstock too – coordinating colors in a pack, white on the other side. Simon and Hero Arts sell them. One of my favorite papers.

  • Reply Marilyn April 15, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Thank you Kristina! Missed the live chat but watched the replay. Excellent – thank you for the amazing tips and recommendations. Very informative. Looking forward to your next Online Card Class.

  • Reply Frances Lund April 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Thank you Kristina, this was very helpful. Luv all the tips and recommendtions.

  • Reply Julie April 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Bristol vellum is my favorite for Distress ink blending. Bristol smooth is best for markers, as you’ve indicated.

  • Reply Donna K April 16, 2018 at 8:43 am

    thanks for taking time to provide so much chatty info and answering questions. you have such great knowledge about so much in crafty-land.

  • Reply Anne Sturgeon April 16, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Always great to see your lovely face…… thanks for all the great tips on paper. Makes more sense to me now. Can’t wait for your next chat. Someone suggested black inks. I think that would be awesome. I sometimes struggle with which one works the best for which project. Keep up the greatness!

  • Reply Amanda Butler April 16, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Amazing! Thank you so much for all the helpful tips! I’ve learned a lot! Your so talented and creatively wonderfully! Keep up the good work! Please keep making these wonderful videos, crazy informative!❤️

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