Types of Paper

Binder's Board or Book Board

Binder's Board is a cardboard used by bookbinders to make covers for books. It is what puts the hard in a hard bound book. Like paper, binder's board has a grain. Folding or bending your materials with the grain will create crisp, even folds and prevent cracking

Box Board

This board is not corrugated, commonly called as paperboard. It is thin and lightweight and usually used to carry a single item (such as cereal, shoes, a toy). It does not have the wavy middle layer to add box strength

Card Stock

is a paper that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than boxboards. Card stock is often used for business cards, postcards, playing cards, catalogue covers, scrapbooking, and other uses which require higher durability than regular paper. Cardstock is the most popular type of crafting paper.

Printer Paper

Printer paper or Copy paper is often what we think of as “paper.” This is the white paper you load into your printer or copier.. Yes, it’s simple and unassuming, but you’d be surprised at what you can use it for! The fact that it is easy to print on also makes it a versatile option for crafting, as not all papers can be printed upon. It’s so easy to print your own design or pattern on a piece of copy paper. The downsides to copy paper are the lack of luster (it’s matte, with no shine or sheen) and it’s not useful for anything that needs to be very light and fluttering or, conversely, very stiff and unwavering. It works really well for origami and folded paper art

Paper thickness and GSM

What is Paper GSM? When choosing paper for print work is always quite a big dilemma what cardstock weight and thikness to pick for business cards, wedding invitations, envelopes or postcards. If talking about paper weight mostly GSM term is used. GSM is a relative dimension that means how many grams will weight one square meter size paper sheet (Grams per Square Meter). It is very convenient to use one acceptable dimension so that everyone understands what is being discussed about, but using the units of GSM and combing paper thicknesses can be easily mistaken. Because GSM does not define the thickness of the paper. At first sight, everything may look very simple – heavier cardstock sheet should be made by using thicker paper. But that is not always true. Everything belongs on paper density. Cardstock papers are produced from different fibers and in different ways, so the thickness of same grammar sheet can vary greatly