Complicated Card Stock

Have you ever shopped around for card stock or paper only to find it’s all categorized by weight and words you don’t understand? Me too!  Here’s a helpful site I found that explains it all:

It also has this great chart in it explaining the types and what they are best used for:

Grade Description Base Ream
Cover Heavyweight paper used for invitations, program covers, postcards, business cards, and paperback book covers Pre-scoring before folding highly recommended 500 sheets
20 inches x 26 inches
Text Lightweight paper commonly used for letterhead, envelopes, program insert sheets, and résumés Easy to fold without scoring 500 sheets
25 inches x 38 inches
Bond or Writing Strong, rigid paper used for letterheads and many other printing purposes 500 sheets
17 inches x 22 inches
Tissue Light and thin, sometimes decorative sheet 480 sheets
24 inches x 36 inches
Index Thin, inexpensive paper with a smooth finish, often used for business reply cards 500 sheets
25 1/2 inches x 30 1/2 inches
Box cover Frequently lined with good folding properties and used for making boxes and cartons 500 sheets
20 inches x 24 inches
Newsprint Manufactured mostly from mechanical pulps specifically for the printing of newspapers 500 sheets
24 inches x 36 inches
Paperboard A heavy weight, thick and rigid, single or multi-layer sheet 1,000 sheets
12 inches x 12 inches
Bristol Fine quality cardboard made by pasting several sheets together 500 sheets
22 1/2 inches x 28 1/2 inches
Blotting An un-sized paper used to absorb excess ink from freshly written manuscripts, letters and signatures 500 sheets
19 inches x 24 inches
Hanging, waxing, bag, etc. The raw stock used in making wallpaper 500 sheets
24 inches x 36 inches


They even have a paper stock weight calculator! Who knew card stock could be so exciting…


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