paper + envelope guide

What type of paper should I use?

All our templates are set up on US Letter (for residents of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, the Philippines and Chile) or A4 (for the rest of the world). For best results, print your files on a heavy cardstock, also known as cover paper at 325gsm (120 lb.). We recommend cardstock that is at least 218gsm (80lb.).

MATTE PAPER: An uncoated, non-glossy paper that absorbs ink very well and dries quickly. Colour is not as vibrant and is fingerprint resistant.

GLOSS PAPER: A coated, shiny paper gives colours more vibrancy when printed. Glaring and fingerprints may be a problem.

SEMI-GLOSS PAPER: Very similar to gloss paper, prints vibrant colours but with less glare.

NATURAL (eco-friendly): This paper choice is for the environmentally conscious. The paper is certified by ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Its smooth natural texture takes ink very well.

We highly recommend you print a sample to make sure you are happy with the artwork during proofing and before printing the whole lot. Every effort has been made to represent the true colours, but it may vary from screen to screen and printer to printer. 

Our files are designed for home printing and will work at most local printers. Our files may not be compatible with all software used by printers, so we cannot guarantee our PDF file will work at all print houses. Please contact us to arrange for an alternative file.


What size envelopes should I buy?
For our US and Canada customers:
For the 5 x 7cards, we recommend the A7 envelope (5 1/4 x 7 1/4") for a perfect fit or alternately, the A8 envelope (5 1/2 x 8 1/8") which is a little bit bigger. For our 3.5 x 5" RSVP cards, we recommend the A1 envelope also known as 4Bar (3 5/8 x 5 1/8") or alternately, the A2 envelope (4 3/8 x 5 3/4").

For our Australia and EU customers:
If you are unable to get hold of A7 envelopes (5 1/4 x 7 1/4") in your country, for the 5 x 7" (127mm x 177.8mm) invite, you can purchase the C5 envelope which is 162mm x 229mm and for the RSVP 3.5 x 5" card (127mm x 88.9mm), a C6 envelope size 114mm x 162mm would be ideal.