*Six years ago, I was given the title “Card Stock Projects” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on July 17, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Use card stock for a variety of paper crafts. The heavier weight of the stock makes it durable enough to be used for scrap-booking, handmade greeting cards, origami figures and boxes, paper toys and paper-model projects. Card stock can be found in all colors and patterns.
For handmade greeting cards, cut and fold the paper into desired size. Decorate the front with smaller cut-outs, lace, fabric, buttons or stickers, or a combination of decorations. Add embellishments inside the card along with a personal message. You can also tie-dye the stock. Mix paint with shaving cream. Move a stick through the cream to create a tie-dye pattern, but do not mix thoroughly or the shaving cream will turn completely brown. Place the card into the shaving cream. Wait a few seconds, then remove the card and wipe clean with a ruler or cloth. After the cards dry, decorate and add your message.
Use card stock to create and decorate scrapbook pages. Heavy paper cuts into shapes easily and holds more weight than color printer paper or construction paper. Use plain stock in solid colors for backgrounds when you are mounting photographs or memorabilia onto a page. Then use coordinating colors as accents. Cut out holes in traditional shapes and curving shapes and use them as frames for photographs. Purchase stock in various colors and patterns and coordinate them to match sporting events and special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and Christmas or other winter holiday gatherings.
Origami, Gift Boxes, and Paper Models
Use card stock for origami structures and paper models. The heavier weight of the stock contributes to sturdier origami projects. Use heavy paper for simple and complex projects. Make a gift box with a solid color or a combination of patterns. Decorate the box with embellishments. Fold card stock and combine colors to create paper models such as buildings, animals, lamp shades, and flowers.
Toys and Scenes From Books
Use card stock to create paper toys such as soccer balls, three-dimensional paper dolls, flat paper dolls and paper airplanes. Some of the toys can withstand light play such as flat paper dolls and paper airplanes. Other toys or models of toys may be displayed in a child’s bedroom or paper crafter’s gallery.
Use card stock to accompany reading a book to a child. Create a figure or item from the book with card stock or give the child crayons and glue so he or she can create a scene from the book.