How to Choose Business Card Paper

Business card paper contains ready-made business cards, perforated or glued with tape, which can be separated manually. As a rule, a sheet holds 8 to 10 business cards.

Business Cards

If you plan to create new business cards, take seriously choosing business card paper. There are many varieties of business card paper, the key characteristics and differences of the main ones are described below.

First of all, determine which printer you're going to use. For cards with plain design (text with black & white graphics) a monochrome laser printer will be fine. For color designs use an inkjet or color laser printer.
Note: Not any paper can be used in a laser printer. Avoid using glossy, textured and magnetic paper — it may damage a laser printer. With inkjet printers you can use any type of paper.

Let's see what kinds of business card paper can be, how they differ and what's the best way to use them.

Separation Methods

10 cards

There are different ways to hold business cards in place on the sheet, and they determine the look of the cards after they are separated.
Perforated cards have slightly rough edges after you separate them, however, they normally cost 50% less than smooth edge cards.
Cards with smooth edges look more professional. Such cards are cut in advance and placed on thin base paper or secured by sticky tape from the back. When you separate the cards, their edges are perfectly clean.

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Business cards can be glossy, matte, textured and regular. If you have a photo image on the card, use glossy paper. Such paper may cost twice as much as regular paper, but the quality will be brilliant on an inkjet printer.
Use textured paper to add unique look to your cards.
Note: Don't forget that glossy and textured cards are not compatible with laser printers!

Distance Between Cards

8 cards

If you want to print a card that has a background image that covers the entire card, choose the paper with gaps between cards (normally there'll be 8 cards per sheet). Business Card Composer will extend the background slightly over the card, to avoid positioning problems.

Pre-printed Cards

Some paper manufacturers (such as Paper Direct in the USA, Decadry or Sigel in Europe) produce cards with pre-printed background. If you plan to use such cards, consider the position of pre-printed graphics when creating your design.

PaperDirect Business Cards
Decadry Business Cards
Sigel Business Cards

Where To Buy Online?

You can buy business card paper stock in the Internet. See below where you can buy business card paper:

USA: [Staples] [Office Depot] [Amazon] [Avery]
Canada: [Grand & Toy]
Germany: [Viking]
France: [Office Depot]
Japan: [Office Depot]

Business Card Paper: Manufacturers

Letter size paper:

A4 size paper:

Valeriy Ryazanov
Last reviewed: April 2008