The USA Catalog Expands With Pink, Grey And Navy Blue Cardstock
While black and white cardstock paper is a design staple, sometimes these colors (or lack thereof) just don’t cut it. With the debut of pink, grey and navy blue cardstock paper to the USA catalog, the designer inside you can get busy laser cutting anything from the simple to the sublime.
Why laser cut paper when you could do it by hand? Lasers take all the hard work out paper cut artwork that would otherwise take painstaking hours—and laser cutting does it all with precision that can’t be achieved when cutting by hand. This consistency is especially important if you are selling your designs on sites such as Etsy or you’re creating multiple designs to promote brands and agencies.
Get Inspired: What You Can Make With Cardstock Paper
Add a splash of color to your designs with pink, grey and navy blue cardstock without breaking the bank. Cardstock is an economical material, and since it is relatively thin (when compared to other substrates) it laser cuts quickly—saving you money and keeping your wallet happy.
Need some inspiration to design your next laser cutter project? Check out these examples we made.
Pink Cardstock Paper
Because cardstock holds a fold well, just a bit of line engraving to score the surface and control the fold is all you need to make envelopes like these. With such a decorative design, invitations (and love notes!) will get noticed. The combo of a floral motif with geometric shapes is fun and flirty—perfect for birthdays, weddings and baby showers as well as salons and retail brands.
What’s cool about this greeting card is the use of laser cutting for the negative space of the fairy combined with laser engraving for the wings. Plus, it could easily be framed and turned into a pretty work of art as a keepsake after the occasion on which it was given.
Whether voraciously reading New York Times Bestsellers, keeping tabs on the latest business trends or perusing the pages of the classics, every bibliophile needs one thing: A bookmark that’s just as amazing as the books being read. This pink cardstock paper example has the subtle engraving of a fuchsia flower to set it apart.
This save-the-date card is the perfect kick-off for a springtime wedding. We created this one to incorporate inspiration from popular letter board designs while adding decorative flourishes to make it wedding ready. To use the concept for corporate events, ix-nay the wedding whimsy and add a logo design to create catchy customer communication.
Grey Cardstock Paper
We had so much fun playing around with negative space with the pink greeting card, that we tried another design, this time incorporating a tree with the grey cardstock paper. The result is a beauty that could be sold en masse via those cute little boutiques found in mountain towns.
Business cards are meant to stand out. There won’t be any doubt what you do with this fresh approach to the traditional introductory leave-behind. Creating one-of-a-kind business cards are actually more memorable than the traditional printed pieces—and they’re certainly conversation starters.
For our next example, is this a business card an up-and-coming rapper…or a hang-tag for the latest swank clothing brand? We’ll let you decide.
What do company logos look like when laser cut and engraved in cardstock paper? Did a quick test with the Ponoko logo. Like it?
Navy Cardstock Paper
The shapes on this card have a soft organic feel that is both classic and contemporary. These could be used as wedding invitations or thank-you cards for the modern couple, or incorporate a logo rather than initials to use them in a business setting.
The geometric scales add a sense of depth to this card while showcasing the precision of laser cutting that creates an interesting oceanic optical illusion.
When laser cutting and engraving business cards, you don’t need overly busy, graphic-intensive conceptual designs. Simple is super effective—and attractive.
Bookmarks are ideal teacher gifts or birthday party favors (while encouraging reading!), but they also make great and inexpensive promotional products. In contrast to the pink bookmark shown above, you’ll notice that laser engraving the navy blue cardstock paper reveals a taupe grey undertone.
Now Available: Pink, Grey And Navy Blue Cardstock Paper
Perfect for projects that range from paper sculpture and modeling to decorative arts and crafts, this thick paper stock is 140lb weight (300gsm), laser and ink jet compatible, and acid free. Cardstock paper is also easy to curve, crease and emboss to create a three-dimensional work of art.
Maker Tips: The pink and grey cardstock papers actually laser engrave to a buttery tan color with some yellow undertones, while the navy blue has more of a taupe grey undertone. To achieve this contrast, use area engraving. But a little area engraving goes a long way. Dense area engraving can leave a brown residue around the engraved area, so design accordingly.
Additionally, if your design contains lots of little cut outs (such as the pink decorative envelope above), get the most out of your cutting time and materials by using these tiny pieces as confetti. Since small parts can be lost in the laser cutting process, tab them in if you need them. Tabbing leaves a gap in the cutting line so that the small part stays attached to the sheet of material. Once the entire piece is laser cut, use a utility knife to hand cut the tab (so be sure to make the tab quite small).
What Will You Laser Cut With Cardstock Paper?
With all the ideas above plus these additional seven craft and design ideas for cardstock paper, what laser cutter projects are you inspired to make? Will you pursue prototyping or package design? Architectural models would be awesome too. Of course, you could design laser cut wedding invitations to sell, or you could create custom collateral for corporate events. And if you’re feeling crafty, collage or decorative arts may be your calling. Whatever your ideas, give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make. We’d love to hear all about it!