I receive a lot of questions about my favorite paper products. I have quite a bit of experience in this area thanks to my cake topper business (you can click here to visit my Etsy shop). Given the myriad of choices out there, I thought I would share my thoughts and experience with you!
Today, I’m going to focus on my all time favorite paper, glitter cardstock.
I absolutely LOVE creating projects with glitter cardstock, but not all glitter cardstocks are created equal. At $2 for a single 12″ x 12″ sheet, you want to make sure that you are getting the best color and quality possible for your project.
My go-to stores for glitter cardstock paper are Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Each store sells glitter paper for $1.99 a sheet, but each store has something a little bit different to offer.
Hobby Lobby definitely has a larger selection of glitter cardstock. Michael’s, on the other hand, has fewer choices, but the quality is just better, hands down.
The weight of Michael’s glitter cardstock is heavier, meaning the paper is thicker. For some, this may not be an issue; it all depends on how the paper is being utilized in your project.
If you’re creating an invitation or scrapbooking, the weight of a paper might not come into play, and pattern, color, and overall look may be more important. However, if you are creating a project that requires some structure, such as a banner or cake topper, the thickness of the paper becomes very important, as you’ll want to find the thickest, heaviest weight cardstock available.
The color options available at Michael’s and Hobby lobby are also very different. Each store carries colors that the other doesn’t, and even the “same” colors are completely different shades.
Take gold and red for example. If you are looking for a true gold, I would purchase from Michael’s. If you are looking for more of a yellow gold, I would purchase from Hobby Lobby.
As for red, Michael’s offers a very bright true red. Michael’s red is perfect for a Mickey Mouse project or little red wagon theme. Hobby’s Lobby’s red is more of a deep red, which would be better suited for a wine or rose theme.
To assist in finding the right glitter cardstock paper for your project, I have created a chart that shows where I buy my most used glitter cardstocks. The hearts represent which store carries the truest shade of a particular color.
Note: Michael’s cardstock is a heavier weight than Hobby Lobby for each color listed.
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