Can someone explain these different paper coatings?

by DIY wedding planner on December 17, 2012

I’m designing my own wedding invitations and am ordering them through I don’t want the paper to be glossy. So besides UV coating, my other options are:

10 pt Sand Embossed
10 pt Embossed Linen
10 pt Ivory
9 pt PP Synthetic
10 pt Cross-hatch Embossed

If someone could explain what each of these are or just tell me which would look best for a wedding invitation?


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Winston December 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

They are self explanatory.

You’d probably want the Embossed Linen.

Embossed is paper that is slightly ripply (has a texture under the finger) as opposed to paper that is smooth like a phone book page.


R.F. December 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

Embossed paper is where there are raised patterns on the paper instead of it being smooth.
So the different embossed papers have different patterns on them.

Sand embossed is probably small raised random bumps so it looks like sand is on it.
Embossed linen is suppose to look like cloth with parallel lines.
Embossed cross-hatch looks like criss-cross stitching.

Ivory is suppose to be super white color, but with no other description, it’s probably just flat paper.
Synthetic paper is made with synthetic poly fibers instead of natural wood fibers. Synthetic paper is more durable.

Of these options, the embossed linen probably looks best for a wedding invitation.

My advice since paper manufacturers vary on the different embossed patterns, is to ask for a paper sample. All paper manufacturers should have them and usually send them out free. That way you can actually see and feel what the paper stock looks like.


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