The Battle of the Cardstock | Neenah v. Hammermill

Once upon a time I bought some Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 lb. Cover cardsotck. I don’t remember buying a ream, but rather a few sheets of it to play with my stamps. Fast forward two or three years and I never could find what I did with it.

In the meantime, a year or so ago, Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80 lb. cardstock became my best friend. Always been a huge white cardstock fan and I loved this not only for cutting on my Silhouette, but for printing and using it with my Minc. It’s so smooth and luscious. Can you say that about a cardstock?

I, of course, used it with stamping, but wasn’t always 100% impressed with the results. Finally, I decided to get some Neenah cardstock since I knew that’s what the cool stamp kids use…and I could never find what I’d bought a few years back.

It just came in the mail and I was excited to give it a whirl…to see the magic happen.

Strange thing is, it pretty much turned out like my Hammermill. Oddly, they are both 80 lb. cover cardstock. That might have been a clue as to how it would compare.

Take a look.

As you can see, they pretty much look identical. I tried different types of inks just to see how they’d take to the cardstock. Neenah might edge out the Hammermill just a smidge–especially if you look at the Coral Bay dye ink difference.  But overall, I think they perform about the same.

I should add that the impression made with the pigment ink on the Neenah probably came off slightly lighter only because it was the first one I did. I think it may have had a better impression had I done it again.

So, price difference?

Hammermill is about half the price of the Neenah–$17 a ream vs. $37.


I’m a simple stamper and perhaps results may differ when using other inks or combining inks, so it may be that Neenah still rules the roost overall. But the simple test shows me Hammermill works about the same for half the cost.

If you’re a Neenah fan, I would suggest checking with your local copy center and see if they carry the Hammermill and buy a couple sheets to do testing for yourself and how you stamp.

So what do you love to use and why?
I’d love to hear your two cents!


Stamps set used: Life Scripted


2017-09-26T07:05:06+00:00September 26th, 2017|stamps, tips and tricks|4 Comments


  1. hgauvin September 26, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I’ve used both as well. When you mentioned Hammermill in your Plan It: Fundamentals video, I decided to try it simply because the cost of Neenah is pretty high. I agree with you on the comparison. The difference in stamping is so slight but the difference in cost – WOW! It’s gonna be Hammermill for me from now on.

  2. Cathy J Doerr September 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    The main reason I use Neenah is it works well with Copic markers. Do you know if the Hammermill works as well?

    • Kerri Bradford September 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Someone on FB mentioned that they use it with their Copics. Yay!

  3. Deneen September 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I use Neenah because it works so well with my copic markers. I will have to try out a few sheets of the Hammermill because wowzers the cost difference is huge. I just paid 40.00 for a ream about two months ago.

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