Index Cards in Your Stash?

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Posted 12/22/2013 by looser in General Stamping
 

looser
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Posted: 12/22/2013 10:33:24 AM
I try to keep index cards (3x5 & 4x6) onhand always. Not only can I buy them in just about any store--pharmacy, supermarket, dept.--but they are super handy for lots of uses.

They are great for sending stamp images--I can put several images on a single index card (IC). They are a good weight for diecutting & punching, as well as folder-embossing. They take ink & even paint well without going soggy.

While you can sometimes find them in colors, I usually stick with white & go for ones that have lines on one face & a blank on the other. The ruled face is great for jotting down info.

Anyone else use ICs in their crafting?


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 12/22/2013 10:40:51 AM
I do!! Wonder who I learned that tip from


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Posted: 12/22/2013 10:44:43 AM
I have received index cards from you. They are definitely a great weight of cardstock.


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Posted: 12/23/2013 2:31:28 AM
Daniel, I love index cards. I use them for all the things you do too. I remember when you had two cardstock choices and that was index cards and manilla envelopes. I always preferred my index cards. Of course I was a rebel I use to stamp on paper made for artists. If any young un's are reading this. I mean the kids under twenty. I am talking about the magical 80's & grungy 90's decades. !

I also love index cards to make journals, mini books & mixed media pieces. I have all sorts of colored cards. I even bought fluorescent this Autumn with the back to school sales.

This is a funny side note. When I got back into stamping seven years ago. The paper craft industry was really taking off then. Everyone was using all sorts of different paper and cardstock for stamping. They were all raving about it. Of course this just made me so confused. I tried all the paper out on the market. My two favorites were artist sketch pads & index cards. My oldies but goodies. One of my favorite crafting treats is a new sketch book and a pack of index cards.



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Posted: 12/24/2013 8:38:11 AM
I have stamped on index cards but they're not my first choice.

What I do use them for is maintaining a sketch file. When I see a card layout I admire I often sketch it onto an index card, the size is perfect and I add notes to the back of the card. For example, the artist, where I saw the card, colors used and any 'alternative' ideas I may have for the sketch.
When my mojo goes on vacation I can go to the card file and pick a foundation on which to build. I used to keep these sketches on any old scrap of paper left on my desk, keeping them on index cards has sure tidied up my file and made ideas a lot easier to keep track of.


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Posted: 12/27/2013 1:43:32 PM
DOH! I didn't think of using IC for stamping. They are a good weight. Don't know why I didn't think of it before! Thanks for the tip.

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Posted: 12/29/2013 11:04:16 AM
I saw index cards being used by a demo at one of the stamp/scrapbook conventions. They folded a small index card in half to use as a gift card/tag and stamped and glittered the front. I made a bunch one Christmas. They are a nice smooth stamping surface and a good weight.


Cindi



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Posted: 1/9/2014 1:29:18 PM
As I mentioned, I joined an ATC swap for January.

I managed to use both my love of index cards & our kit-in-an-envelope swap as inspiration for the ATC I sent my swap pal.

Purple Cow


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Posted: 1/9/2014 10:59:39 PM
Daniel- That is so darn squealing cute. I love cows. Purple cows are the best.


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Posted: 3/14/2014 5:41:02 AM
I used 4x6 ones and embossed EVERY one of my embossing folders and put them in a photo album. It is such a joy to leaf thru this album I get so inspired for what I want to emboss and it also keeps me in touch with every folder I have. the recipe cards are the perfect size for the photo album.
I grouped my like folders together and find I am using them much more lately. I numbered each one with a round sticker on the top left corner of the folder and have matching numbers in my sample album so I can find what I want immediately.

***you can lay the embossing folders sideways( with an index card inside each one) and run two thru your big shot big kick at the same time so it saves time when u are doing samples of all of your folders.

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Posted: 3/14/2014 7:18:29 AM

I used 4x6 ones and embossed EVERY one of my embossing folders and put them in a photo album. It is such a joy to leaf thru this album I get so inspired for what I want to emboss and it also keeps me in touch with every folder I have.


Smart idea!


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Posted: 3/14/2014 9:01:38 AM
paperkrafter - thanks for the great idea for keeping track of embossing folders. I'm on a getting organzied kick and figuring out a way to keep track of my embossing folders was on my to do list.

But in response to Daniel's orginal question, I don't think I've ever used index cards for stamping. I'll have to give them a try. I do use them to divide up a box of cards by category when I ship cards off to Operation Write Home.



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Posted: 3/14/2014 4:53:10 PM
another tip
since we now have A2 and larger embossing folders I started numbering my large ones in the 200's firs one being 201 that sets them apart from my reg. size ones.
Showed my BFF my book and she wants to do one now as it is just amazing to be able to see what all you have. Some people do samples on little tags but I wanted to see the whole folder, so this works for me AND I
found the photo album at goodwill for $1 with tons of pages, more than I need but good to have on hand.

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Posted: 3/15/2014 3:47:47 PM
Yup.
I have a couple different sizes.
I have a few coloured ones but don't really use those ones.

I use these for the insides of almost all of my cards to write a sentiment on.
I also stamp on them or punch a shape out of them for added interest.

I just used some today to make divided tabs for my journal blocks.

Tracy



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Posted: 3/15/2014 5:15:09 PM
Great to hear how others are using their index cards. Thanks to all who've posted & hoping for more posts.


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Posted: 3/15/2014 5:52:36 PM
I actually picked up some index cards at the grocery store yesterday thanks to this thread.



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Posted: 3/17/2014 9:30:30 AM
Off to see if I have any index cards - great thread and great ideas. Thanks for all comments.



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Posted: 4/3/2014 12:22:29 PM
I bit the bullet & purchased a pack of colored index cards today. I probably have some somewhere, but for just under $5 I got 180 3x5s in five colors @ RiteAid. It's like having 180 pieces of colored cs. And, because they are colored on the 'ruled' face, I can easily cut strips & weave.

I didn't check CVS when I was there this morning to see what they carry in colored ICs, but will write myself a memo. I also plan to search for colored ICs in the 4x6 size.

I love the feeling of having so many pieces of colored cs that 'wasting' a bit of it won't feel uncomfortable. KWIM?


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Posted: 4/4/2014 3:23:56 AM
Daniel, I really love your idea about weaving the index cards. That is a really great idea. You can make some gorgeous embellishments with that technique. You have my creative juices flowing now.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 3:07:16 PM
I have a little basket on my work table that has index cards in it - I buy them by the 1000's. I primarily buy the 4x6" size, unlined, but use them on all sizes and colors. If I find them for a good price, I buy them. I think it is the Oxford brand that is acid free, although I rarely see that listed on the labels.

As others have stated, I use them for stamping, punching, and die-cutting.

They are the foundation layers for my mock chipboard letters and the base to many of my card fronts. They are the consistent scrap paper I reach for to try color combos of ink and markers. Almost all the gift tags I make use index cards as the base. If I color a stamped image and want to remember exactly how I did it, I document it all on an index card.

There are always a few in my purse with my favorite stamped images on them, and I cut out these images while I am waiting for my kids at sports practices. I will stamp hundreds of images on index cards and put that in my travel bag a cut them out while we are on a trip. Toss a dozen colored pencils in my suitcase and I am a happy camper.

They are a great weight to cut and don't stress the muscles in my hand and wrist. I have used them for watercoloring when I am using very little water. I use them to stabilize lighter weight papers (like gift wrap) before I cut images out.

They are the scrap paper I use to see how layered punches work together before punching into my colored card stock. They are cheap and consistent and I have no trouble tossing scraps of them away.

I have not used them with my Cameo, so if anyone has, please write in! Does it dull the blade quickly?

One non-craft thing I do with them - I will use a circle punch to punch two circles out, tape around the edges to hold them together, and place a couple of tylenol or advil inside before putting the last tape in place. Its easy to toss into your pocket and the paper circles have no sharp edges. Works well if I am hiking or at a ball game or someplace where the heat will give me a headache. Write on the circle what's inside. Quieter than carrying the little bottle.



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