Colleen There are a wide variety of printmaking and origami
papers commercially available from larger stores like Pearl
Paints. They have traditionally been unsuitable for earring
cards, as they tend to be too flimsy. To solve that problem
without using glues to adhere the papers to a heavier stock,
which usually results in warping one of the surfaces, use a
waxer. These are machines used for manual paste up in commercial
art establishments. A relatively inexpensive hand held version
is available from many art supply catalogues for about $50.00.
Just wax the paper and burnish it to a heavier stock. This can be
done relatively quickly over large surfaces. You probably won’t
be able to get these papers commercially printed though. I have,
however screen printed paper to run through an ink jet printer.
Haven’t tried to print any of the waxed papers yet.
There are also some easy techniques for marbled and monoprinted
papers, which might take a few hours to make a lot of stock but,
would be distinctive. If interested contact me off list.
One supplier(there are many) for the waxer is United Art
Education, Box 9219, Fort Wayne, IN 46899-9219 at 1-800-322-3247.
They also have an interesting selection of papers and a variety
of products to make your own papers. @linda_moughemer