In the world of paper, there seems to be an endless variety of styles, sizes, shapes and colours. Cardmakers and scrapbookers may be familiar with a less common variety of paper called linen card stock. Linen card stock is often reserved for formal invitations or announcements, though its versatility makes it adaptable to other craft projects as well.
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Linen card stock, as with all linen products, is made from the stalk of the flax plant. The stalk of the flax plant is comprised of several thin fibres. After the fibres have been removed from the stalk through a combing process, the fibres are spun into threads to make a linen yarn. Thin strands of linen threads are woven with cotton or other materials to create sheets of linen paper. The end result is a strong, water-resistant paper with a distinct woven appearance.
Linen card stock has a fabriclike quality to it. The woven linen threads are easily identifiable; the woven paper may also have a slight texture to it. Linen card stock is typically slightly thicker and stiffer than regular linen paper; linen card stock is at least .02 inches thick while regular paper is approximately .003 inches thick. Linen card stock is available in a limited variety of sizes and colours; the most popular options are cream or white colours, which highlight the natural texture and appearance of linen.
Linen card stock is most well-known for its woven appearance. The weaving used to produce linen card stock creates a particularly strong paper. Linen is also very absorbent, which can be a problem for people who use linen card stock for printing; wet inks may spread or absorb into the fibres. Linen card stock is not very elastic; if the paper is bent, it will keep a firm even crease without springing back open.
Linen card stock is a popular paper used in craft projects. Scrapbooks or greeting cards that use linen paper have a natural, elegant appearance. Linen card stock is a popular paper choice for high-end wedding or party invitations because it is considered a speciality paper.
Linen card stock is one of the most expensive paper options available; as of June 2010, linen card stock, averages approximately 25 cents per sheet whereas regular card stock averages approximately 5 cents per sheet. The cost of using linen in a project that requires large quantities may be cost prohibitive for some consumers. Linen card stock is a speciality paper, which means that it may be difficult to find in a wide range of colours or sizes.
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