Starry eyed for Stardreams

Stardream Metallics offer so many shades to be adored.  These jewel toned metallics are almost dreamy! Once in a while we have to say goodbye to some of our favorite beauties, but it is very uncommon when it comes to this vast line of metallics.

30 plus Shades of Colorful Metallic Papers

More than 30 beautiful metallic shades

Our latest farewell is a sweet good bye to Serpentine, Malachite and the original shade of Lapis Lazuli.  Don’t be alarmed, Lapis Lazuli is still present, it just received a slight face lift and we are calling it the NEW Lapis Lazuli.  Also, we at paper-papers are saying good-bye to Emerald for a time.  We might be swayed to grab it back up if the demand is high, but as for now, we are letting Emerald rest in peace. (updated 8/2013 ==> Emerald has been revived and now active again – some other colors have be discontinued, View current post Cordenon makes new friends)

This beautiful italian line of metallic papers is laser friendly but does not play nice with inkjet printers.  Be sure to know your output  when planning a project and printing on Stardream, dry toner options work well along with other professional processes.  Wonderful 81 Text and 105 Cover make creative projects pop with quality and  brilliance.

We stock folio paper, cut paper and lots of envelopes…check out our broad range of product offerings from the very popular metallic choice, Stardream Metallics!

Cougar Paper – Paper Weight Chart

Cougar by Domtar is one of our most popular selling paper and envelopes.  It has proven over the years to be a quality product at a reasonable cost.  Additionally, Cougar has transformed itself to be more than an offset printing sheet.  As it keeps up with paper trends and market demands, it is offering varying weights and finishes. If you are trying to find the Classic Cougar Sheet yet find yourself a little overwhelmed, see the grid below.  This is a simple grid to assist with weight, finish, opacity, brightness and bulk factor (caliper). (Note that Cougar envelopes are converted from Cougar Text 24/60 or 28/70).

Cougar White = 98 brightness — Cougar Natural = 75 brightness
COUGAR TEXT
Basis Weight (Text)
GSM
Opacity
Caliper
Super Smooth
Smooth
Vellum
24/60
89
93
4.2
4.6
5.2
28/70
104
94
4.7
5.2
6.0
32/80
118
96
5.3
5.9
6.8
40/100
148
97
6.7
7.5
8.6
COUGAR COVER
Basis Weight (Cover)
GSM
Opacity
Caliper
Super Smooth
Smooth
Vellum
65
176
98
8.1
8.8
80
216
99
10.1
10.9
100
270
99
13
13.9
130
351
100
16.2
17.6 Avg
Cougar is a registered trademark of Domtar Paper (Grid data is responsibly posted but not guaranteed )

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Euro Flap Envelopes

We are stocking the lovely EURO FLAP envelope in this universal White and Natural.  Our envelopes are converted from Brockway 32/80 Felt Finish Papers and present themselves as a rich, quality product.   The White shade is not a bright color but more of a milky white.  Paper is on our floor to match these envelopes exactly.  Hit our live chat if you have any trouble finding the matching paper or card stock.

Some of our older Euro Flaps are now moved to this new stock. Be sure to view all of the Brockway items and their corresponding envelopes.

Cougar Opaque Announcement Envelopes

Cougar A-Size envelopes are offered in a variety of sizes along with two shades and two finishes.  With such a vast arrangement to stock, we are not offering the 32/80 Text (118 gsm).  We recommend using 28/70 (104 gsm) as this is offered in all sizes and is only slightly different.  Cougar envelopes are and have been a popular product for years and offered great quality at reasonable prices.

If you were using 32/80 smooth finish, transitioning to 28/70 vellum finish has an average caliper difference that is minimal. Actually, when looking up the average caliper, these have the same results, 28/70 vellum average caliper 6.0 and 32/80 smooth average caliper 5.9 – This is only addressing the ‘bulk’ factor – but possibly that may have been your only concern. You can view all the Cougar Envelopes we offer with one simple click. Also, before switching grades, view our paper weight chart for Cougar Paper to best determine your project needs.

If you are considering a grade transition and your project requires smooth finish, yet thicker, we are suggesting Neenah Classic Crest Solar White or Natural.  We do offer all A-Sizes with 32/80 smooth finish.

Mohawk VIA stock transitions and recommendations

Mohawk VIA Vellum MARIGOLD was discontinued 2012 by Mohawk Paper.  We recommend VIA Vellum Sunflower as a nice option. View all Mohawk VIA paper and envelopes

A2 and A7 MARIGOLD Envelopes are no longer stocked,

we recommend A2 SUNFLOWER Envelopes and A7 SUNFLOWER Envelopes

 

Are you looking for VIA TAN Envelopes?  These have been discontinued, but our site recommendation would be Basis LIGHT BROWN

Booklet and Catalog Envelopes

Booklet and Catalog Envelopes

Over the years one comes across a product that seems to have many identifiers and can cause much confusion when trying to buy or discuss a purchasing need. Catalog and Booklet envelopes seem to fall within this class of confusing terms. Open end, open side, catalog, booklet, large envelopes… these are a few of the terms thrown around when looking at this larger constructed envelope.  I suppose to cause even more confusion, technically these styles do not require ‘large’ construction, they can start at somewhat smaller dimensions.

Catalog envelopes start at sizes 6×9, although if you include the scarf or coin envelope, it can be quite small sizes available. Booklet envelopes can start at dimensions close to 4×6 with many custom envelopes being converted with booklet styles – the dimensions vary with many options to purchase or convert.

Before proceeding further, it is best to identify the most common factors that classify the term catalog or booklet envelopes.

Catalog envelopes

Catalog envelopes are open end, meaning shortest side has the flap, also center seam is the most common, yet catalogs are also converted with side seam construction. Either way, one seam instead of two.

Booklet envelopes are constructed with two side seams and open side, meaning longest side has the flap.

Booklet envelope

 

Both these products are found in varying colors, basis weights and gumming options. The most universal of both would be white wove and kraft with these being common amongst general mailings of catalogs, annual reports, journals and other popular inserts.

More explanation and sizes are explained within our individual listings or additional information pages on our site. Also stay current with other envelope sizes by viewing our envelope size chart or by shopping envelopes smaller to larger.

 

A1 / 4-BAR Envelopes

A1 Envelopes which are technically listed among Baronial Envelopes and properly named a 4-BAR Envelope. A1 is a common name but not technical. 4BAR is the industry name and we use A1 along side as to correspond to other A-SIZE envelopes offered on our site.

The dimensions of A1/4BAR envelopes is a North American standard amongst envelope converters. If you want a square flap, you would generally order as “4-Bar Square Flap” and if you need a pointed flap, this is specifically a 4-Bar Envelope. We at Paper-Papers use the term interchangeably since the dimensions are the same and the photo next to the products, along with the description, will describe the flap or envelope style.

This envelope is the smallest member of our Announcement Envelopes, many times referred to as Response Envelopes, 4Bar Envelopes or Wallet Envelopes. Noting this to be the smallest announcement envelope allowed by the Postal service, many designers choose this size as a popular option for “replies” (RSVP) of formal invites.

A1 & 4 BAR (same size) – Envelope Dimensions:

  • Inches: 3.625 x 5.125 (3-5/8 x 5-1/8)
  • CM: 9.2075 x 13.0175
  • MM: 92.075 x 130.175

A1 ENVELOPE DIMENSIONS

Enclosure choice is not as strict as the actual dimensions. Truly finalized by the designer, the enclosure simply needs to be dimensions smaller than the envelope itself. A general rule of thumb is allowing .25 inches in height and width. As many creative hearts already know, the bulkier the enclosure, the more room necessary to properly insert, close and seal. Listed below is suggested enclosure dimensions to assist toward a successful creation!

Suggested enclosure dimension:

  • Inches: 3.375 x 4.875
  • CM: 8.5725 x 12.3825
  • MM: 85.725 x 123.825

View our hundreds of 4-Bar / A1 Envelope options or continue your research by reviewing a list of popular Envelopes and understanding their sizes.

Holiday Hours – 2012

Warehouse Hours During this 2012 Holiday Season…

November 22, Thanksgiving Day – CLOSED
November 23 – OPEN with limited hours/limited Staff **

December 24, Christmas Eve – CLOSED
December 25, Christmas Day – CLOSED

December 31, New Years Eve – OPEN with limited hours/limited Staff **
January 1, New Years Day – CLOSED

**Fedex Ground and Express Service will pickup from our warehouse on these days.

Please checkout the shipping companies calendar to help determine possible shipment delays.

UPS Holiday Calendar – (pdf)

FedEx Holiday Calendar – (pdf)