What Are the Different Kinds of Paper?
Business cards generally come in a few different types of coatings, and each have distinct qualities and some have very distinct disadvantages. Below are the three most common types of paper used for printing business cards at home. All of these papers can be purchased online, and many kinds of paper are available at your local office supply stores. Even art and craft supply stores carry an impressive selection of specialty paper these days.
*Glossy Photo Paper: Glossy paper offers some of the most brilliant, eye-catching colors when used. However, because glossy paper is prone to damage from humidity, as well as sticking to itself, it doesn't always make for the best business cards. However, if your card has artwork on the front, you could always reprint your vital information on the back, or even the inside if you plan on making a foldover business card.
*Textured Paper: Textured paper offers a unique look and feel to your cards and holds up very well against humidity. This paper comes in different kinds of textures, from patterned to a more "organic" homemade paper feel – some are rougher and some are fairly smooth. These cards are also usually made out of a heavier stock of paper, which helps them to resist bending and wrinkling, but generally tends to cost quite a bit more than glossy or regular paper.
Regular, Heavy Paper: This matte finish paper is the traditional standby. While it doesn't add anything to your card, it offers the advantage of being reasonably priced, as well as fairly resistant to humidity.
Both textured and regular paper come in a wide variety of colors, which is a fantastic way to get your cards noticed. However, be aware of the fact that colored paper is significantly more expensive per sheet than white or off-white paper, so if you are concerned about your budget you may wish to skip this option.
* Please note: Glossy and textured papers are not compatible with laser printers, so if you wish to use these kinds of papers you must use an inkjet printer.