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Paper Weights

Paper weights can be very confusing. We would like to offer a very general understanding of paper weights. This is not technical, but we will associate common weights with everyday items you may come in contact with. Here at Cutcardstock, we deal with two basic weights: TEXT WEIGHT and COVER WEIGHT. These two identifiers are probably the most important factors when you are purchasing a sheet of paper for your project. Please note that 80# text weight is a paper weight and 80# Cover weight is a card stock; although they have the same number marking them, they are two completely different papers.

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    Weight Comparison Chart

     Bond Text Weight (Offset) Cover Weight Index Pts Caliper (inches) mm
    Metric
    grams/sq m
    Examples
    20 50 3.8 .0038 0.097 75.2 gsm All-purpose, copy paper
    24 60 4.8 .0048 0.12 90.3gsm Laser & Inkjet printing letterheads
    28 70 5.8 .0058 0.147 105.35 gsm Letter head, flyers, church bulletins
    29 73 6 .0060 0.152 109.11 gsm
    32 80 45 6.3 .0063 0.155 118 gsm Program Paper
    81 Program Paper
    40 100 56 7.3 .0073 0.185
    60 90 7.4 .0074 0.188
    65 8 .0078 0.198 176 gsm Post cards, folded invitations, flyers
    74 110 9 .0085 0.216 199.41 gsm
    80 9.5 .0092 0.234 216 gsm Post Cards, Invitations, business cards
    89 241 gsm
    92 250 gsm
    94 140 10.5 .010 0.25 252 gsm
    100 11 .011 0.289 270 gsm Invitations
    105 13 .013 0.33 285 gsm Invitations and Invitation backings
    110 298 gsm
    118 319 gsm
    120 15 .015 0.38 325 gsm
    130 352 gsm
    140 379 gsm
    160 433 gsm
    220 595 gsm
    236 639 gsm

    Downloadable paper weight chart

    Paper and Envelope Sizes

    Getting coordinating Card Stock, paper and envelopes for your project is an important first step to designing your invitation, program, or card.  For a quick look, be sure to consult our chart below. For more detailed information card stock and envelope sizing, browse our link for

    Getting more detailed information on Choosing the Correct Card Stock or Paper size.

    Getting more information on Envelope Sizes.

    Paper and Envelope Size Chart

    Type Envelope Size Enclosed Size Popular Use 
    A1 (4 Bar) 3.625" x 5.125"

    3.475" x 4.874"

    3" x 5"

    Response Cards, RSVP Cards

    Notecards

    A2 (5 1/2 Bar) 4.375" x 5.75" 4.25" x 5.5"

    Party Invitations, Annoucements

    Thank You Notes

    A4 4.25" x 6.25" 4" x 6" Save the Dates, Party announcements, Birth announcements
    A6 (6 Bar) 4.75" x 6.5"

    4.625" x 6.25"

    4.5" x 6.25"

    Invitations, Announcements, 

    Save The Dates

    A7 (Lee) 5.25" x 7.25"

    5" x 7"

    5.125" x 7"

    Very Popular for Wedding Invitations,

    Greeting Cards, Party Invitations, 

    Announcements, etc.

    A8 5.5" x 8.125" 5.125" x 7.75" Wedding Invitations
    A9 5.75" x 8.75" 5.5" x 8.5"

    Wedding Invitations, Other Invitations, 

    Greeting Cards

    No. 10 4.125" x 9.5" 4" x 9.25"

    Announcements, Party Invitations,

    Wedding Invitations, Business Sized Envelope