I recently was given the chance to sample a huuuuuge pack of different papers from Red River Paper Company, and oh my! I’m in 7th heaven!
Their paper is a dream to work with in my HP Inkjet—the colors render beautifully, and they have all kinds of very cool textured papers that add a rich dimension to your projects.
Even making a simple card is super-easy, as they have a whole bunch of pre-cut and scored papers that come in standard and non-standard sizes. Here’s a card I made using the 60 lb. Cordovan Textured Gloss:
This particular card was 5×7”, and I really love that pebbly leather look. (By the way, that card is entirely printed on one layer, even the alpha!) Most of the Red River card-sized papers work well with Epson pigment inks, their insert notes. They also include settings for some of the more common inkjet printers (Epson, Canon, HP) so that you can get the most out of both the paper and the printer.
I also used some of the 60 lb. Polar Matte cardstock to print out some patterned papers that I then cut like regular cardstock, and made a thank you card with it. Again, the printing quality was great, and I got the colors I expected. The drying time was minimal and there was no streaking during handling.
Another project I made was this little mini-album for Mother’s Day with more of the matte paper (the Polar paper also comes as a double-sided printable paper, which is really handy for hybrid projects!). I followed craft-diva Sunghee’s most excellent guidelines, but since I don’t usually do hybrid, my project was less than perfect—fortunately I’ve got a wonderful Mom who didn’t care about things lining up!
Again, the papers printed wonderfully, were easy to score and fold, and held up very well during all my manhandling.
Here are some other Hybrid Chick projects using Red River Papers:
- Kim’s Desk Organizer (great project for Father’s Day coming up!)
- Linda’s Mini Suitcase and
- Linda’s Quick Hybrid Album
Oh, the give-away part? Red River Paper is GIVING AWAY 4 (four) $50 gift certificates for paper, and a sample kit. YOWZA! Wish I could participate!
This will be a random (random.org) kind of thing, so just leave a comment letting us know what you could possibly make with $50 worth of paper before midnight (EST) Tuesday, June 1st for your chance to win! Only one comment per person, thanks…
Other Articles by Heather:
- Red River Paper Give-Away: WINNERS! - June 10th, 2010