Choosing The Perfect Paper for Your Next Printing Project

Choosing The Perfect Paper for Your Next Printing Project

The possibilities of a printing project are endless, but not every paper is suitable for every project. For example, business cards are not printed on thin paper like what’s used in printers. Instead, they’re printed on thick, cardstock-like paper to make them durable and long-lasting.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paper for Your Next Printing Project:

Step 1: What Are You Printing? 

The first step to choosing the perfect paper for your next printing project is knowing what you’re going to be printing. Is it a menu, flyers, business cards, a calendar, etc.? Depending on your project, you will need different types of paper. So, before you select your paper, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Does this project need to be durable/last a long time? 
  • Will my project be kept outside? 
  • Do I want it to be glossy or have a matte finish? Should it be printed on paper, or is it more suited to a vinyl sheet or foam board? 

Step 2: Choosing Your Paper 

Now that you know what needs your printing project has, you can start to narrow down the type of paper you want to use. Here are some examples of the kinds of paper we use for the printed products at Prima Printing: 


12PT cardstock with optional glossy UV on both sides 

Business Cards 

  • Silk: 16PT cardstock with an added silk laminate to both sides  
  • Triple Thick: 34PT cardstock 
  • Suede: 16PT card stock laminated on both sides with 1.5mil scuff resistant, soft velvet laminate, for a thickness of 19PT 


8.5x11 text weight paper with an option to upgrade the cover to thicker stock and/or add gloss coating 


8.5x11 premium 70# high-quality white paper stock 

CD Inserts 

4.875x4.875 12PT glossy card stock with UV gloss coating 

Greeting Cards 

Semi-matte finish heavyweight cardstock 

Sell Sheets 

8.5x11 on 100# gloss text 

There are also options for embossed projects, metallic foil, and much more, so don’t be afraid to ask about these for your next printing project! 

As you can see, many options suit many different printing projects. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding how creative you can get with what you’re printing! At Prima Printing, we offer a wide selection of printing options, as well as knowledgeable staff who can help you make the best choice. So whatever your next printing project is, trust Prima to help you make sure it’s perfect! Contact us here.

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