Thanks for all your wonderful get well wishes recently - I'm still not well but I couldn't stay away from those Spectrum Noir pens any longer!
Firstly, did you know that Cover stock is thicker and smoother than Index card stock.
So 60lb cover stock is the equivalent to 90lb card stock and 160gsm, but remember the cover stock is smoother.
And 80lb cover stock is the equivalent to 120lb card stock and 220gsm (approx).
Here's a link to a paper website - http://www.paper-paper.com/weight.html this is the link to the actual paper weights table.
I had a nice man at Staples (here in Canada) who gave me two samples, one was 65lb cover stock and the second was 100lb cover stock. (I will confirm this when I get chance to visit when I'm feeling better)
So, I finally had a play, yeah!
Here is the 65lb cover stock (176gsm). As you can see it bled quite a lot! I was using three blending colours so lots of juicy ink.
The same image on the 100lb cover stock (270gsm). (Anything out of the lines on this one is mostly me!)
And another 65lb cover stock with the balloons.
And finally the 100lb cover stock.
So as you can see the 100lb cover stock was way better.
The only one problem! Staples do not sell the 100lb cover stock on their shelves in packs - the 110lb card stock is not the same! I made this mistake and thats why I ended up doing the above research.
I was able to buy 50 sheets of the 100lb cover stock from the photocopy/print centre in Staples, I believe its what they use for doing all their printing for customers. It cost me 30cents a sheet, and he couldn't be bothered to count them so I ended up with around 65:-)
So, all I can say is go along to Staples and ask the man! I will confirm the weight/type etc when I get chance to ask them what is exactly on the box of paper he is getting it from :-)
A bit more details reference the info that some of my bloggie friends in the UK/USA/Canada recommend
Staples Text & Graphic 160 gsm (UK) - not available here in Staples Canada :-(
Georgia Pacifica (USA) - not available where I live in Canada - not sure if this applies to the whole of Canada
Another highly recommended card, made by several friends, is the Xpress It Blending Card for Copics (250 gsm) - trying to find local stockists or Canadian on line.
Neenah Solar White - trying to find Canadian suppliers
Gina K Design Pure Luxury card - same as above.
I also bought some Strathmore Bristol Paper, at a local arts shop (I think Michaels sell this too) that is 100lb - 270gsm card stock - I have yet to try this.
And if I find anymore paper that is good over time, I will let you know.
Thanks for stopping by today.