Card Stock Comparisons
For your convenience, here are descriptions of the various card stocks available for cards and invitations:
COVER WEIGHTS (CARDSTOCKS)
- 80 Cover Opaque - This is the heaviest sheet that will safely run in most home/office printing equipment and is what we use to make our "print it yourself" card products. It also makes a great upgrade for your certificates.
Weight equivalents: 80 lb cover = 216 gsm = 11 pt.
- 100 lb Cover Opaque - This matte, smooth finish stock makes a great looking card or invitation. It is the most economical of our stocks but, don't be fooled by the price. It prints wonderfully and has a substantial feel.
Weight equivalents: 100 lb cover = 270 gsm = 14.1 pt.
- 130 lb Gloss Cover - This heavy weight sheet boast a gloss coating that make your images and photos shine.
Weight equivalents: 130 lb cover = 350 gsm = 13.3 pt.
- 199 lb Coated Cover - This is the thickest of our stocks. Weighing in at a hefty 18 points, this sheet has an ultra smooth surface coated on both sides.
Weight equivalents: 199 lb cover = 360 gsm = 18 pt.
- 110 lb Linen Cover - Linen is the traditional choice when you want to give your invitation that luxurious feel.
Weight equivalents: 100 lb cover = 270 gsm = 12.6 pt.
- 100 lb Techweave Cover - This sheet is much like the linen in that it is textured except it has a modern diamond weave. Give your invitation a fresh, hip look and feel.
Weight equivalents: 100 lb cover = 270 gsm = 15 pt.
- Kromekote Coated - This is the "Cadillac" of cast coated sheets - renowned for its brilliant, mirror-like gloss surface.
Weight equivalents: 290 gsm = 12 pt.
- 111 lb Ice Silver Cover - The metallic finish on this white sheet shimmers subtly with changes in the light. Adds a touch of magic to your invitation.
Weight equivalents: 111 lb cover = 300 gsm = 16.4 pt.
- One common misconception is that heaver paper is of a higher quality. This is not the case. All of our paper stocks are premium examples of their grade and type. You'll notice that the thickest stock is not the most expensive one. So, whichever one you choose, you will receive a premium product printed on a premium paper stock. It's like the old adage of comparing apples to oranges - they're both fruits and they both taste good but who is to say that one is better than the other.
A note about quality and paper weight.