Paper Weights & Types

Paper Weights Simplified

Paper weights are confusing! Here at Waveline Direct, we deal with two basic weights: TEXT WEIGHT and COVER WEIGHT. Please note that 80# text weight is a paper weight and 80# Cover weight is a card stock; although they have the same number marking them, they are two completely different papers.


65 lb Cover Weight is used in cases where you would need a lighter weight card stock.  It is heavy enough to be used for post cards.  Paper punching, die cutting and folding is easy to do on 65 lb card stock.  Printing on this light weight card stock is easily done in most home printers. 

80 lb Cover Weight is our most commonly used card stock.  It is a medium weight card stock that will go through almost any type of printer.  The 80 lb card stock is the most common weight of card stock, and is used for DIY invitations, card making, scrapbooking, flyers, post cards, die-cutting, menus, craft projects, program, and business cards.  

100 lb cover weight begins to get into the heavier weight card stock.  The card stock weighing in at 100 lb cover is often used for flyers, signs, invitations, and invitation backings.  


  •  20 bond/50 lb paper is commonly used as copy and printer paper.  It is inexpensive and it would not be a good idea to use this paper for wedding programs, brochures and any other type of printing in which you want to make a statement.
  •  24/60 lb text weight paper could also be used for copy paper.  It is commonly used for inkjet and laser printing. It is great for flyers, newsletters, letterhead, and everyday printing. Our Astrobright papers are a fun 60# paper for getting your flyers and posters noticed!
  • 28/70 lb text weight paper is a bit more substantial than more common copy paper.  This paper is often used for brochures, tri-folds, converting a better envelope, menus and church bulletin papers. Super smooth Cougar White papers are a favorite among our customers!
  • 32/80 lb text weight is a thicker paper that is used for wedding programs, menus, fine brochures, and more.


Text Weight

60#...Letterhead, flyers, sell sheets, brochures

70#...Newsletters, letterhead, flyers, sell sheets, brochures, softcover books

80#...Magazines, newsletters, letterhead, flyers, sell sheets, brochures, softcover books

Cover Weight

80#,,,Postcards, posters, book covers, invitations, business cards, table tent cards

100#...Pocket Folders, posters, invitations, table tent cards, rack cards


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