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Paper types for crafting

I found the Jennifer Maker blog today.

Her page on the best types of paper for different crafts goes into a lot of useful detail and is worth a read, but I found her summary table useful as a quick reference guide.

Type Paper Weights Paper Colors Best Crafts
Copy Paper Medium: 20–24 lb. (75-90 gsm) Whites, pastels, brights Origami, Folded Paper Crafts, Quilling
Patterned Paper Medium: 20–60 lb. (75-90 gsm) Colored patterns Scrapbooking, cards
Card Stock Thick: 80–100 lb. (218–271 gsm) Any color 3-D crafts, boxes, bags, cards, cut-outs, models
Cardboard Very Thick: 50lb.+ (130+ gsm) Gray, brown, colors 3-D crafts, sculptures, models, cards
Kraft Paper Thick: 80–100 lb. (218–271 gsm) Gray, brown, colors Patterns, budget-friendly and school crafts
Textured Paper Medium/Thick: 24–80 lb. (90–218 gsm) Any color 3-D crafts, cards, scrapbooking
Metallic Paper Thick: 80–115 lb. (210–280 gsm) Metallic/pearlescent colors Rolled flowers, 3-D sculptures, models, cards
Gloss Paper Medium/Thick: 24–80 lb. (90–218 gsm) Any color Cards, crafts that mimic something shiny
Marbled Paper Medium: 80 lb. (218 gsm) Swirled colors Bookmaking, scrapbooking, cards, invitations
Crepe Paper Thin/Medium: 15–72 lb. 60-180 gsm Virtually any color Paper flowers, pom-poms, butterflies, paper sculptures, piñatas, wedding decor, wreaths, bouquets, and appliqué
Vellum Thin/Medium: 17 lb. – 48 lb. (60–118 gsm) Whites, golds, silvers, some colors Cards, invitations, scrapbooking, transferring images
Watercolor Paper Medium/Thick: 90–300 lb. (245+ gsm) Natural white, bright white Paper flowers and plants, pinwheels, lanterns, illustrations, paintings
Rag Paper Medium/Thick: 90–300 lb. (245+ gsm) White, off-white, pastels Paper flowers and plants, long-lasting things
Adhesive Paper Medium: 20 lb., 60 lb. (75, 90 gsm) White, clear, colors Stickers, signs, labels
Foil Paper Medium/Thick: 30 lbs, 45 lb., 60 lb. Metallic colors 3-D crafts, embossing, relief crafts
Rice Paper Thin: 40-100 gsm White, colors Decoupage, lanterns, origami
Tissue Paper Very Thin: 20–24 gsm Colors Pom-poms, tassels, piñatas, lanterns, overlays