What Weight Is Cardstock?

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Card stock is a heavy type of paper. It is sometimes referred to as "cover paper." Card stock comes in a wide variety of colors, weights, grades, and thicknesses, depending on the consumer's needs.

Card stock is often used for greeting cards and postcards.
Card stock is often used for greeting cards and postcards. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Weight

Pound (lb.) is the measurement of weight for paper. The pound rating describes how much 500 sheets of a particular type of paper, when cut to its basis size, will weigh.

The pound measures the weight of paper
The pound measures the weight of paper (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Thickness

Point (pt.) is the measurement used to describe the thickness of card stock in thousandths of an inch. For example, a piece of 8-point card stock has a thickness of .008 inches in thickness.

An 8pt card stock is .008 in thickness
An 8pt card stock is .008 in thickness (Image: Linjerry/iStock/Getty Images)

Grade

Grade is the term for the type of finish that is on the card stock. Varieties include metallic, textured, parchment, embossed, velum, and linen.

Paper comes in many finishes such as metallic.
Paper comes in many finishes such as metallic. (Image: ferlistockphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Ranges

Card stock ranges from 60 to 130 pound in weight and 8 to 12 point in thickness.

Card stock ranges from 60 to 130 pound.
Card stock ranges from 60 to 130 pound. (Image: Anton Chuvashev/Hemera/Getty Images)

Considerations

When choosing the weight of a card stock a consumer should consider the project for which the paper will be used. Will the card stock be folded? What weight of card stock can the printer being used handle effectively? If the card stock will be mailed, will its weight add extra postage?

Postage will change based on carad stock weight.
Postage will change based on carad stock weight. (Image: merznatalia/iStock/Getty Images)

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