Posted Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:26AM
i'm trying to help a friend out with some business card ordering issues. he needs to know what the weight is to a 15pt card stock. I don't know how to convert that. any thoughts?
Posted Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:31PM
Google showed both 350 gsm and 160 lb.
Posted Wed Apr 4, 2007 8:55PM
I am a printer.
A standard 15pt cardstock is 350 gsm (grams per square inch). You said you don't know how to convert that....convert it to what?
That is a very standard weight for a business cards. You shouldn't need to worry past that unless you are doing something very original.
Hope that helps out
Posted Wed Apr 4, 2007 9:30PM
Paper that is rated by points is generally coated(glossy) stock. It will be .015" thick. When you speak of weight of stock, that is how non-coated stock is typically rated; such as linen, laid, or index. Index cards for example are around 110#. As a very rough comparison, 15pt will be 2-3 times a standard index card in thickness and stiffness.
The two ratings really cannot be converted because the density of the stock comes into play. For example, vellum bristol is only 67#, but is actually thicker than index which is 110#. Basically the vellum is 'fluffed up' more, and the index is a very hard, dense stock.
Coated stock would fall into the extremely dense category - the coating on it makes it very solid so the weight would be quite high but it would not be a good comparison for thickness or for stiffness.
Might be more info than you are looking for, robmfrye (abov) is correct in stating that 15pt is a very common, good grade stock for business cards. Your printer should also be able to show you a sample of the stock if that would help.