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Card stock paper is thicker than standard writing paper, but it's not as thick as poster board and cardboard. Use the paper for crafts, postcards, business and greeting cards and even homemade playing cards. Card stock is available in various sizes, colors, materials and finishes. Staples carries many types of card stock paper, including environmentally friendly options.

Finding the Right Card Stock Paper Weight and Size
The weight rating of card stock is determined by the weight of 500 sheets that measure 20 x 26 inches each. Since card stock sizes differ, the weights of different styles can vary. Light card stock weighs between 100 and 200 grams per meter.

Finding the right size paper depends on the project. Brands offer card stock paper in sizes that include 3 x 5 inches, 4 x 6 inches and 8.5 x 11 inches. Some sheets for home printers have perforations so you can easily separate them after printing. This is useful when you're designing postcards as well as business, greeting and playing cards. Since they are all smaller than a standard piece of paper, you can print multiples on one sheet. For businesses, medium weight card stock is smooth enough for printing brochures but durable enough for menus, booklet covers and file folders.

Choosing Different Colors of Card Stock Paper
For crafting projects, such as handmade scrapbook pages, classroom decor pieces and mini boxes, you can use any color. When printing on card stock, white is a good choice for ensuring that the ink colors you select will be vivid and not altered by the paper color. Most home printers can't print in white ink, so you will need to select a different color for printing on black card stock. You can also write by hand on black paper using brightly colored gel ink and other mediums. Card stock paper is available in all colors, such as shades of purple, yellow, red, green, blue, brown and orange.

What Are the Options for Card Stock Paper Finishes?
An important consideration is the paper's finish. Various coatings provide both protection and style. You can choose from several finishes, including aqueous, ultraviolet, glossy, matte and textured. Aqueous finishes are thin and transparent, with high to medium glosses to resist fingerprints and scuffing. For a very shiny look, consider ultraviolet coatings that are chemical and scratch-resistant and have hard finishes. Glossy card stock is ultra shiny, but it doesn't absorb ink well. Matte finishes have a coating that is dull, but protective. Textured card stock made with canvas or linen has a distinctive look and is excellent for formal use.

Should You Use Unfinished Card Stock Paper?
Card stock that doesn't have a finish is more permeable and absorbs ink better than coated paper. You can use unfinished stock card paper for hand-printed pieces, such as professional letterhead, envelopes and personal greeting cards.

What Are the Environmentally Friendly Options for Card Stock Paper?
Some card stock contains 30- to 100-percent post-consumer waste. You can also choose card stock that's recyclable.
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Staples® Card Stock
Item: SS992807
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  • 110 lb.
  • Variety of colors available
  • Smooth surface provides excellent print results
As low as 15.49 $15.49
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Neenah Bright White Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm 250 Sheets/Pack (91904/ 92904)
Item: 496791 / Model : 91904/92904
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  • Bright White card stock. 96 brightness rating
  • 65 lb./ 176 gsm for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
17.29 $17.29
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Domtar Bright White Cover Stock, LETTER-Size, 96 US Brightness, 67 lb., 8 1/2" x 11", 250 Sheets/Pack
Item: 759119 / Model : 82880
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  • Bright white stock paper for signs, posters, notices and other uses
  • 67# stock for long-lasting durability
  • 8-1/2"W x 11"L
11.49 $11.49
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Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm, Gamma Green, 250 Sheets/Pack (22741)
Item: 495483 / Model : 22741
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  • Gamma Green card stock for creative and durable projects
  • 65 lb./ 176 gsm for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
16.29 $16.29
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Staples® Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Blue, 250/Pack (21101)
Staples® Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Blue, 250/Pack (21101)
Item: 862248 / Model : 21101
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  • Bright blue paper for vibrant report and presentation covers
  • Made from heavyweight 65-pound card stock for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
14.49 $14.49
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Pacon® Array Card Stock, 8.5" x 11", Assorted Lively, 250 Sheets
Item: 826173 / Model : 101199
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  • 65-lb for report covers, flyers, postcards and art projects
  • Use in printers, copiers or typewriters
  • 8 1/2" x 11" acid-free sheets
22.99 $22.99
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Staples Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Red, 250/Pack
Item: 862156 / Model : 21104
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  • Bright red paper for vibrant report and presentation covers
  • Made from heavyweight 65-pound card stock for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
14.49 $14.49
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Exact Vellum Bristol Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 67 lb./163 gsm, Ivory, 250 Sheets/Pack (WAU82351)
Item: 812254 / Model : WAU82361
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  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
  • 67 lb. for sturdy and versatile projects
  • 92 brightness rating for impressive color printing
15.99 $15.99
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Exact Index, 8.5" x 11",110 lb., Smooth Finish, White, 250 Sheets/Pack (40411)
Item: 958751 / Model : WAU40411
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  • White card stock with a smooth texture for impressive and durable projects
  • 110 lb. Index to create business cards, postcards and more
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
19.49 $19.49
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Staples Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Yellow, 250/Pack
Item: 862159 / Model : 21107
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  • Bright yellow paper for vibrant report and presentation covers
  • Made from heavyweight 65-pound card stock for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
14.49 $14.49
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Hammermill® Premium Color Copy Cover Paper, 80lb, 8.5" x 11", 100 Bright, White, 250/Ream
Item: 517336 / Model : 120023
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  • Sturdy, heavyweight cover stock coordinates with Color Copy Paper (HAM102467), sold separately
  • 100 US/ 115 International
  • Certain to create a vivid first impression
16.49 $16.49
250/Ream
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Staples Brights, 65lb. Colored Paper, Assorted, 400/Pack
Item: 578342 / Model : 25496
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  • Pink, purple, orange, light yellow and green cover stock for exciting projects
  • 67 lb. Paper weight
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
26.99 $26.99
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Staples Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Green, 250/Pack
Item: 862157 / Model : 21103
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  • Bright light green paper for vibrant report and presentation covers
  • Made from heavyweight 65-pound card stock for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
14.49 $14.49
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Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm, Blast-Off Blue, 250 Sheets/Pack (21911)
Item: 958659 / Model : WAU21911
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  • Blast-Off Blue card stock for creative and durable projects
  • 65 lb./ 176 gsm for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
19.99 $19.99
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Domtar EarthChoice® Colors Index Paper, 8.5" x 11", Britewhite, 250/PK (81038)
Item: 758881 / Model : 81038
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  • Brite white index paper for printing and copying in laser and inkjet devices
  • 110 pound stock provides strength and durability
  • Sheets measure 8.5" x 11"
12.49 $12.49
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Pacon® Reminiscence Card Stock Paper, 65 Lbs. Assorted Bright Colors, 8 1/2"H x 11"W, 50 Sheets/Pk (09131)
Item: 2676392 / Model : 109131
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  • Pacon Reminiscence™ Card Stock.
  • Acid-free Reminiscence™ card stock adds sparkle or shine to your report covers, flyers, postcards and art projects. Laser printer compatible (glitter colors can also be used in inkjet printers).
  • Brand: Pacon
7.29 $7.29
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Astroparche Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65lb., Natural, 250 Sheets/Pack (26428/27428)
Item: 485378 / Model : 26428/27428
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  • Natural color parchment card stock for a classic and refined look
  • 65 lb. for sturdy and durable projects
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
17.29 $17.29
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Staples Brights Colored Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", Bright Orange, 250/Pack
Item: 862158 / Model : 21108
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  • Bright orange paper for vibrant report and presentation covers
  • Made from heavyweight 65-pound card stock for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for standard-sized printing
14.49 $14.49
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Hammermill® Color Copy Digital Cover Stock, White, 11 x 17", 250 Sheets
Item: 958849 / Model : HAM120037A
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  • Paper weight: 80 lb.
  • 98/110+ US/Euro brightness rating
  • Certain to create a vivid first impression
36.19 $36.19
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JAM Paper® Vellum Bristol Legal Cardstock, 8.5 x 14, 67lb Blue, 50/pack (16928441)
Item: 1589456 / Model : 16928441
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  • Blue card stock for scrapbooking and creating posters
  • Paper Weight: 67 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 8.5"W x 14"L
29.99 $29.99
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Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm, "Happy" 5-Color Assortment, 250 Sheets/Pack (21004/ 22004)
Item: 507447 / Model : 21004/22004
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  • Happy Assortment: Cosmic Orange, Solar Yellow, Terra Green, Venus Violet and Fireball Fuchsia card stock for creative projects
  • 65 lb./ 176 gsm for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
20.39 $20.39
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Astrobrights Colored Cardstock Holiday Edition, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb/176 gsm, Bright White, 80 Sheets (91399)
Item: 24338737 / Model : 91399
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  • Bright White cardstock for crisp and festive projects
  • 65 lb./ 176 gsm for durability
  • 8.5" x 11" for easy printing
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