Common Card Stock Weights and How to Use Them

Choosing the right weight for your project can impact its durability, convey quality, and influence the first impression your intended audience has of your project.

Here are some of the most common cardstock weights and their typical uses:

65lb

Common Uses:

  • Light-weight business cards
  • Greeting cards
  • Postcards
  • Book covers
  • Posters
  • Tickets
  • Crafts
 

80lb

Common Uses:

  • Standard-weight business cards
  • Posters
  • Greeting cards
  • Invitations
  • Table Tents
  • Folders
  • Tickets
  • Crafts
 

100lb

Common Uses:

  • Business cards
  • Flat cards
  • Invitations
  • Posters
  • Folders
  • Tickets
  • Crafts
  • Gift tags
  • Greeting cards

110lb

Common Uses:

  • Business cards
  • Awards
  • Certificates
  • Report covers
  • Menus
  • Price lists
  • Crafts
  • Gift tags
  • Invitations

10 pt

Common Uses:

  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • Trade show materials
  • Media kits
  • Menus
  • Calendars
  • Event programs
  • Lookbooks
  • Crafts
  • Certificates
  • Awards
  • Report covers
 

12 pt

Common Uses:

  • Business cards
  • Postcards
  • Gift tags
  • Pocket folders
  • Report covers
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Media kits
  • Crafts
  • Presentation materials
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