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Awards & Recognition

Add a professional touch to the awards and recognition you create for your employees, children or students with certificate paper that stand out. Choose parchment, linen, laid or card stock paper with or without borders to enhance the look of these documents. Staples offers several types of paper and ribbons for creating awards and other documents for display.

Choosing a Type of Certificate Paper
Card stock is thicker than regular copy paper, which improves its durability and reduces bleeding. This type of paper is available in a variety of thicknesses, colors, and finishes to make the certificates stand out when displayed. Another option is parchment writing paper. Parchment is available in light colors, such as white, off-white or antique gold. Paper that's aged gives the document a vintage look. Use light-colored paper for certificates so each award's lettering is visible from a distance.

Textured linen paper adds a classic look and feel to certificates and awards. An additional choice is laid paper, which stands out with horizontal and vertical ribs that run across it. Most types of certificate papers, including textured, are compatible with inkjet and laser printers.

Using Paper with Borders
You can laminate certificates that have a border and displays it without a frame or holder. Paper borders are a nice touch for certificates. These decorative borders are available with plain, straight lines with thicknesses that vary, as well as more elaborate designs such as stars, ribbons, flowers, snowflakes and leaves. Some borders are made of shiny foil for visual appeal.

Why Use an Acid-Free Certificate Paper?
To create certificates that will be on display for years without turning yellow, fading or disintegrating, choose a paper with a neutral pH of 7 or a higher pH because they are acid-free. This paper lasts longer than others when exposed to light and air; archival paper is acid-free for this reason.

Should You Use Certificate Paper Kits?
Most certificate paper kits come with different types of paper as well as gold or silver foil seals or ribbons. The foil seals are usually either blank or embossed with emblems and meaningful words. Ribbons come in a variety of colors, including black, red, white and blue. Kits are available in packages of 25 or 30, so you can issue multiple awards at once or keep them on hand to reward employees, students and children for excellent work.

How Should You Display Certificate Paper?
Keep your trophies, diplomas, and degrees on display in certificate holders. Many have clear glass or plastic covers to protect documents from dirt, air, and other elements. These frames add a touch of style to borderless certificates. Choose award holders with wood, metal or plastic frames.

Some diploma and degree holders have thick covers that you can flip open for display and close for storing. Most frames use wood, cardboard or plastic backings with metal clips to secure the certificate inside the holder and a wall hook to hang it. They often can display the document horizontally or vertically. Staples carries a wide selection of awards and recognition items, as well as great office supplies and school supplies.
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Geographics Linen Certificate Covers, 12-1/2" x 9-3/4", 6/Pack, Navy
Item : 488435 / Model : GEO45332
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  • Holds 11" x 8 1/2", 10" x 8" or A4 documents and certificates
  • Present award certificates in these distinctive document covers
  • 80 lb linen stock
16.89 $16.89
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Great Papers® Channel Gold Foil Border Certificate
Item : 431947 / Model : 963007
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  • 80 lb. text ivory with channel gold foil border
  • 11" x 8.5"
  • Laser and inkjet compatible
10.49 $10.49
15/Pack
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Premium Award Certificates, Gold
Item : 487916 / Model : 36004-S
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  • Printed on 80-lb. paper
  • Perfect for recognizing employees, students and coworkers
  • 8 1/2" x 11", 15/Pack
7.99 $7.99
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Great Papers® Achievement Certificate, 18/Pack
Item : 766723 / Model : 20104237
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  • 11" x 8-1/2"
  • 1-3/4" embossed seal
  • 65 lb. parchment paper witih gold metallic border
13.99 $13.99
18/Pack
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Gartner Studios Certificate Multi Pack
Item : 1480354 / Model : 74933
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  • Size: 8.5" x 11"
  • Custom Print: Yes
  • Features: Great for Awards, Recognition, and Acknowledgement that are Sure to become Keepsakes
5.69 $5.69
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Gartner Studios Border Pattern Certificate
Item : 1480363 / Model : 74929
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  • Certificate Type: Foil Certificates
  • Color: Blue & White
  • Size: 8.5" x 11"
5.69 $5.69
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Great Papers­­® Golden Scroll Frame Foil Certificate
Item : 720603 / Model : 2011859
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  • Golden Scroll Frame Foil Certificate
  • 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 12 certificates
8.99 $8.99
12/Pack
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Geographics® Premium Kensington Graduation Certificate, 8 1/2" x 11", Blue/Gold, 15/Pack (48673)
Item : 2090732 / Model : 48673
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  • Blank format lets you quickly create personalized awards
  • Online design center offers collection of templates for easy customization
  • Perfect for recognizing special achievements, awards, diplomas and more
7.99 $7.99
15/Pack
LUX Certificate Holders 50/Pack, Blue with Gold Foil (L185DDBLU100F50)
Item : 24161778 / Model : L185DDBLU100F50
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  • Dimensions: 9 1/2"L x 12"W
  • Sold 50 per box
  • Comes in Blue with Gold Foil
52.29 $52.29
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Great Papers® Ivory Faux-Parchment Certificate, 50/Pack
Item : 231931 / Model : 2014030
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  • 8.5"X11"
  • These ivory faux-parchment papers are acid-free and lignin-free so they will not yellow or show any discoloration over time.
  • These attractive awards can be pre-printed or printed with your inkjet or laser for added convenience and efficiency
8.99 $8.99
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Great Papers® Gold Twinkle Certificate, 50/Pack
Item : 231934 / Model : 2014025
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  • These papers are acid-free and lignin-free so they will not yellow or show any discoloration over time.
  • These attractive awards can be pre-printed or printed with your inkjet or laser for added convenience and efficiency
  • Compatible with most laser and inkjet printers
12.49 $12.49
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Great Papers® Gold Star Burst Foil Certificate Seals, 48/Pack
Item : 119156 / Model : 903418
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  • Not meant for inkjet or laser printers
  • Deep embossed design with the words Superior Excellence
  • 60 lb label stock
7.79 $7.79
48/Pack
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Southworth Foil Enhanced Parchment Certificates, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb., Parchment Finish, Ivory, 15/Pack (CT1R)
Item : 709122 / Model : CT1R
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  • Premium certificates for exceptional achievements
  • Ivory 24 lb. cardstock certificates with foil enhanced blue scallop border for impressive awards
  • 8.5" x 11"
12.49 $12.49
15/Pack
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Great Papers® Gold Foil Seal, 50/pack
Item : 460773 / Model : 901200
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  • 1"
  • 50 seals
  • Self-adhesive
5.99 $5.99
50/pack
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JAM Paper® Round Circle Label Sticker Seals, 2.5 inch diameter, White, 120/pack (2147615066)
Item : 369613 / Model : 2147615066
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  • Size: 2 1/2"
  • Pack quantity: 120/pack
  • Material: Paper
15.99 $15.99
120/Pack
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Geographics® Traditional Graduation Award Certificate, 8 1/2" x 11", Assorted, 40/Pack (48669)
Item : 2090730 / Model : 48669
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  • Traditional award certificate is perfect for recognizing special achievements, promotions and more
  • Size: 8 1/2"H x 11"W
  • Color: Assorted
14.99 $14.99
40/Pack
JAM Paper® Round Circle Label Sticker Seals, 1 2/3 inch diameter, White, 120/pack (3147612193)
Item : 369642 / Model : 3147612193
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  • Size: 1.6"
  • Pack quantity: 120/pack
  • Material: Paper
12.5 $12.50
120/Pack
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Great Papers® Certificate of Excellence, 18/Pack
Item : 496008 / Model : 930600PK3
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  • 8.5"x11" sheet size
  • Fill-In Certificate
  • Gold Foil and Embossed
13.99 $13.99
18/Pack
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Gartner Studios, Gold Glitter Seals, 24 Count, Gold, 7 x 2.625", (18550)
Item : 2465608 / Model : 18550
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  • Seals, Add the perfect finishing touch to any envelope
  • Color : Gold
  • Dimensions : 7" x 2.625"
3.99 $3.99
24/Pack
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Great Papers® Appreciation Stock Foil Certificate, 11" x 8.5", 6/Pack (93000)
Item : 2676227 / Model : 930000
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  • Stock certificate ready to fill in.
  • Dimensions: 11 inches x 8.5 inches
  • 6 sheets
11.99 $11.99
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Geographics® Premium Graduation Certificate Holder, 9 1/2" x 12", Black, 10/Pack (47836)
Item : 2090736 / Model : 47836
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  • Premium certificate holder is perfect for presenting certificates, documents, awards and more
  • Size: 9 1/2"H x 12"W
  • Color: Black, Cover stock: Linen
8.29 $8.29
10/Pack
Geographics® Certificate/Document Cover, 12 1/2" x 9 3/4", Gray Metallic, 6/Pack (47400)
Item : GEO47400 / Model : 47400
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  • 80 lb. linen stock certificate or document cover with gold foil stamp and die-cut slots. 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 cover for 8 1/2 x 11, 8 x 10 and A4 size inserts.
  • Premium document holders are perfect for certificates, photos, diplomas and more. 80-lb. linen textured cover stock with elegant foil stamped border. Die-cut slots hold 8-1/2 x 11, 8 x 10 or A4 size materials.
  • Brand: Geographics®
18.49 $18.49
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LUX Certificate Holders 50/Pack, Dark Blue Linen (EL185DDBLU10050)
Item : 24161793 / Model : EL185DDBLU10050
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  • Dimensions: 9 1/2"L x 12"W
  • Sold 50 per box
  • Comes in Dark Blue Linen
35.69 $35.69
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Geographics® Optima Printable Certificate With Seals; 8 1/2"x11", 25/Pack, Gold
Item : 1029536 / Model : 39451S
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  • Printed on 60-lb. parchment paper
  • Gold with golden seal
  • No slots
8.79 $8.79
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