Paper for greetings cards

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bazhogan Junior Member • Posts: 38
Paper for greetings cards

Hello

A friend wants to make greeting cards where she can print straight on to semi gloss paper but be able to write on the reverse side in pencil or ink. The reverse side (ie non printing side) would therefore need to be mat/normal card without a coating.

The weight of the paper would also need to be 220gsm, or heavier, to be rigid enough to stand when folded.

Can anyone suggest a paper (papers) that would be suitable for this purpose?

Regards,

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GDB Contributing Member • Posts: 810
Re: Paper for greetings cards

Easy, easy answer.  Go to www.redriverpaper.com who have all sorts of papers for cards of all types.  I have been using several different papers for greeting, X-mas, birthday, etc. cards for years.  They have several types to suit your needs.  BTW, I don't work for Red River, I just am a happy user.

Gary

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Phil Hill Senior Member • Posts: 2,676
Re: Paper for greetings cards

Red River's Pecos River Gloss is very good for projects like this.  It's also available pre-scored for folding.

Roy Sletcher
Roy Sletcher Contributing Member • Posts: 932
The OP is in Australia!!!

Agreed that RR Card blanks are good value, but  the shipping to Australia may be prohibitive. You can always ask.

I use them, and the freight to Canada is expensive, but manageable with a reasonably large order .

When asking questions of this nature on an international forum is is always best to indicate location, unless purchasing from a US or European vendor is acceptable.

Just my 2 cents.

RS

bazhogan OP Junior Member • Posts: 38
I am in Australia

Hello again

That's correct - I am in Australia Red River would be expensive to import.  I was hoping there would be a more international brand like Epson, Canon etc who had an appropriate paper.

Are there any other suggestions?

Hugowolf Forum Pro • Posts: 12,546
Re: I am in Australia

bazhogan wrote:

Hello again

That's correct - I am in Australia Red River would be expensive to import. I was hoping there would be a more international brand like Epson, Canon etc who had an appropriate paper.

Are there any other suggestions?

Any C1S (coated one side), non-RC (resin coated, read plastic coated) paper should work fine, as long as it is smooth enough to write on. Most standard glossy and semi-glossy (lustre, satin, pearl) papers are resin coated and very difficult to write on. You would have much more luck with fine art papers.

I have seen some Museo papers available in Aus, and they do prescored cards.
http://www.museofineart.com/index.php/products/

I have used Inkpress Duo 80 Matte 80 (215 gsm), which also comes in prescored cards. It is a bit flimsy, but even though it is C2S, writing on it hasn't been a problem - I don't know about Aus availability.
http://www.inkpresspaper.com/profiles.asp?PaperID=41

Both Canson and Hahnemühle do smooth matte fine art papers in the 220 gsm range, but I haven’t tried them for card stock.

I think, if you look, there will be a lot available in matte (mat, matt), but you will be lucky to find something with a gloss or semi-glossy surface on one side, except for Red River. Red River must get their stock from somewhere, because they don't make paper.

Brian A

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