White Base Weight Cardstock

This is a bit different than my normal post.  Recently, some friends and I have been discussing white base weight card stocks.  As I have 4 of them, decided to compare them a bit.  This first picture shows them inside, next to one another under natural, soft-white, light.  They look pretty similar.4 White Cards

Now this next picture is the same order, but outside in afternoon sunlight.  This is Phoenix AZ, so it may be brighter than other places.

4 White Cards in Sun

You can definitely see the differences here.  The slightly off-white one on the left is MFT Whip Cream.  The brightest white (by a lot) is the next one in, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.  The second brightest white is the third one in, Accent Opaque Smooth White Cover.  The 3rd brightest is on the right and is GKD White Base Weight.

I’ll show you each individually and give you a few details about them.

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

This is the Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White Smooth 110lb.  This is definitely the brightest white of these 4.  It is definitely heavy base weight and is what I’ve been using most of the time for a while, now.  It is pretty smooth, but has a little “tooth” to it.  Purchased this on Amazon a while back.  It’s more expensive, now, but I think I paid about $38 for it for 250 sheets.  This and the next one down are in reams almost the same size, even though there are 100 more sheets in this one.  Approximately 23 cents per sheet.

Accent Opaque Cover

This is the Accent Opaque Digital 16pt Cover Smooth 120lb.  This is the 2nd brightest white.  It feels about the same weight as the Neenah, so a nice base weight for cards.  It is also pretty smooth, but seems to have slightly more “tooth” to it than the Neenah.  Not much.  Got this one for $18.93 on Amazon for 150 sheets.  Apx 12 cents per sheet.

GKD Base Weight White

This is the GKD Heavy Base Weight White card.  This is the 3rd brightest and what I used for quite a while.  It is exceedingly smooth, which I really like.  It is 120lb and feels about the same as the first 2.  Alcohol inks go through it somewhat, so it’s not a “blending” card.  This is $7.95 for 25 sheets.  Apx 32 cents per sheet, plus shipping unless you are spending $60 or more.

MFT Whip Cream

This one is MFT’s Whip Cream card.  When it is by itself, it looks bright white, but next to these other whites, it looks more “creamy”.  Probably why it’s called Whip Cream.  This is 100lb card and doesn’t have the same weight as the previous 3.  It will work for a card base, it’s just not quite as sturdy as the others.  It also has more “tooth” to it than any of them.  It’s still a pretty smooth card.  This one is $6.99 for 25 sheets.  Apx 28 cents per sheet, plus shipping, unless you are spending $50 or more.

MFT’s Sweet Tooth is a brighter white, I just didn’t have a full sheet of it to show you.  It’s about the same brightness as the Neenah and has the same weight to it as the Whip Cream, but seems to be slightly smoother.

As beautiful as the Neenah is, I will probably go with the Accent Opaque, as there is such a price difference for not too much difference in look and feel.

So, if you were wondering about different white base cards, here’s a bit of info.  What you choose depends on where you like to shop, what you are looking for, and how much you want to spend.  I also suggest looking at various suppliers to find the best price, when purchasing anything, but paper, especially.

If you know of something that is heavy weight, very smooth, and not expensive, please let me know.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Have a great rest of your week.

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6 thoughts on “White Base Weight Cardstock”

  1. Thank you, Golda, for a very detailed informative look at the white cardstock. I found it very interesting. I am impressed with the Neenah as not only is it very white but it is also very thick and make a great card base. Hugs!

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  2. Thanks for the side by side. I have used the Accent Opaque for a few years as my card bases and it has not disappointed me. I am going to try a new layering weight however: Hammermill Paper, Premium Color Copy Cover Cardstock 8.5 x 11 Paper, Letter Size, 100lb Paper, 100 Bright, 1 Pack / 250 Sheets fjor $12.56 at Amazon. The Neenah Exact Index, 110 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 Brightness is another one I have used for quite some time but now seems a little yellow. Will let you know…

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  3. Thank you for the comparison. I have only used Gina K in this line up of paper, but am always looking for something different. I struggle scoring Gina’s cardstock as it tends to crack for me. I like Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir white cardstock as it is bright white, 100 lbs, and scores easily. I paid around 25 cents a sheet through Amazon. I may try Neenah sometime. Scrapbook.com has great prices on the cardstock.

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    1. Good to know about Scrapbook.com. I used to order things from them frequently, but haven’t in quite a while. I have some Crafter’s Companion, but it is light weight and a blending/coloring paper.
      I get cracking with just about all of my card, when I score it. I think it’s that I press too hard when scoring. I’ve tried the lightly scoring 3 times and get the same results. It doesn’t always crack, but does frequently. Though, I like really sharp creases, and I don’t think it’s until I fold it and use a bone folder on it that it actually cracks. Maybe I should just not worry about how sharp my fold is. 😉
      I got the Neenah a while back, when Gina K raised the price of card and I realized how much I was spending per sheet. The Neenah, though a larger expense at once, is much less expensive per sheet. It may not seem like much, but it drives me nuts to spend extra, when I can save it for something else.


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