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Zazzle paper invitation quality

Updated on September 24, 2014

Zazzle invitation paper quality (what those invite paper really look like)

For those of you who are wondering about Zazzle's invitation paper quality, here is a photographic description of what they really look like. I did my best to capture all different types of paper colors and textures. All invitation cards come with their own white envelopes with a square flap, as shown in the photo on the left.

Note: 09/03/2013 - Zazzle just added more invitation paper choices. Scroll down and see the new ones.

Invitation paper types

With the new paper additions, Zazzle now offers 18 different paper types.

BASIC - Smooth, 110lb cover-weight paper with a coated satin, non-glossy finish front. The back is also smooth and non-glossy. Contains 50% recycled content (10% post-consumer and 40% pre-consumer waste).

Color: White

RECYCLED - Smooth, 100lb cover-weight paper, non-glossy finish. Made with 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Color: White

ENVIRONMENTAL - Smooth, this paper used to be grouped under RECYCLED paper. There's no official Zazzle description, but from what I see, it probably is 100lb cover-weight paper with non-glossy, non-coated finish.

Color: N/A

FELT - Textured, 100lb cover-weight felt paper, an embossed finish that feels just like fine art paper, non-glossy, non-coated finish.

Color: Bright, Warm, Cream

LINEN - Textured, 90lb text weight, an elegant paper made with beautiful linen texture of embossed lines

Color: White, Warm, Bright, Pearl

METALLIC - Smooth, 110lb cover-weight with a bit of shimmer. It has a smooth and slightly reflective texture.

Color: Champagne, Silver, Gold, Ice

COLUMNED - Textured, a sustainable cotton blended paper featuring horizontal columns texture, (not vertical columns as written in Zazzle's description) and a matte finish. 110lb cover-weight. 25% cotton, 50% post-consumer content.

Color: N/A

LAID - Textured, designed to harken back to the first hand-made papers, this paper features a laid watermark and matte finish. This luxury paper is great for creating invitations and announcements with an ageless, bespoke look and feel. 80lb cover-weight. 30% post-consumer content.

Color: Ivory, Speckled*

(*Note: word is that Speckled will be phased out and will not be available anymore, sorry Speckled fans.)

DELICATE - Smooth, there's no official Zazzle description, but from what I see, it is thin, not even of cardstock cover-weight, it had a coated finish.

Color: Champagne

GROOVED - Textured, again there's no official Zazzle description. It used to be grouped under DELICATED and it is as thin as DELICATED paper. It has textured, vertical lines and it has an un-coated finish.

Color: White

Basic paper

A modern save the date card with full ink coverage printed on zazzle basic paper.
A modern save the date card with full ink coverage printed on zazzle basic paper.

Basic paper gives you the best value for your money. 110lb is nice and thick. The satin finish front is smooth but will not impart fingerprints. This is desirable for crisp photo invitations. Both the front and back are writable, though I would advise letting ink dry thoroughly to prevent smudging. Even though this is call "Basic" paper, the quality is substantial.

Recycle paper

An oak tree design save the date card with full ink coverage printed on zazzle Recycle paper.
An oak tree design save the date card with full ink coverage printed on zazzle Recycle paper.

Recycle paper is an eco friendly choice. For 100% post consumer recycled content, the paper is nice and bright. At 100lb, Recycle paper is a tad thinner that the Basic paper. The paper is smooth and writable on both sides.

Basic vs Recycle paper

Both the Basic and Recycle paper are not glossy. Basic paper reflect more light because it has a satin finish.

Photos shot in low light to demonstrate paper texture. The Recycle paper (design with tree) is more matte than the Basic paper.

Environmental paper - *NEW* paper type

environmental 01
environmental 01

When I first ordered this paper, it was grouped under RECYCLE paper. Now this ENVIRONMENTAL paper is classified as its own. The paper has a natural brown color like cardboard or craft paper. Despite its appearance, the paper is very smooth. It doesn't look glossy and appears un-coated. Note that my light background color simply disappeared when printed on ENVIRONMENTAL paper. Unless your design has darker colors then the paper's natural brown color, it might not show up.

ENVIRONMENTAL 02
ENVIRONMENTAL 02

Here's what the ENVIRONMENTAL paper looks like with no ink coverage.

Felt paper

Elegant save the date cards printed on Zazzle cream color Felt paper
Elegant save the date cards printed on Zazzle cream color Felt paper

This textured 100lb cream paper will make your invitations look more expensive than they are. The tactile quality is great for formal affairs such as weddings.

Script fonts with delicate strokes look sharp even though the paper surface is not smooth. Both sides are easily writable.

Felt Paper - *NEW* Additional paper choices

Felt paper 01
Felt paper 01

The FELT paper now comes in Bright, Warm and Cream. The FELT Cream remains the yellow-est and FELT Warm gives you a warmer color.

Felt paper 02
Felt paper 02

Here's what the paper looks like without ink coverage. You can see how yellow the FELT Cream is compared to the rest.

Linen paper

A lace design save the date cards printed on zazzle linen paper.
A lace design save the date cards printed on zazzle linen paper.

At 90lb, this paper is thinner than Basic paper, but the laid lined texture is elegant.

Again, script fonts with delicate strokes look sharp even on textured paper. Both sides are easily writable.

Felt vs Linen paper

Linen Paper - *NEW* Details to additional paper colors

Linen paper choices
Linen paper choices

I selected a flower design printed on 4 different LINEN paper.

My original design has red flowers against a mint green background. The colors closest to the original is LINEN White. The LINEN Bright makes it a little more blue and both the LINEN Warm and LINEN Pearl adds just a little yellow/warm tone to it.

Linen paper 03
Linen paper 03

The new LINEN paper all have the same texture--laid lines that resemble the fabric. The LINEN Warm is notably more yellow than the rest. All have a non-glossy feel except for LINEN Pearl, which has a reflective sheen that makes any design even more luxurious.

Linen paper 04
Linen paper 04

LINEN paper shot in low light to demonstrate how glossy the LINEN Pearl is.

Metallic paper

Metallic paper is worth the upgrade for festive and special occasions. At 110lb, this paper is thick. The shimmer is very suitable for holiday cards or any type of glamorous affairs. The colors from left to right are: Champagne, Silver, Gold, and Ice. Champagne is a warm white. Silver could look steel gray depending on the lighting situation. Gold is quite dark, almost like bronze. Ice is a bit more white than Champagne.

Metallic: Ice

Black and white scroll design save the date card printed on zazzle metallic ice paper
Black and white scroll design save the date card printed on zazzle metallic ice paper

All metallic paper has a bit of shimmer in it. This Metallic Ice color paper makes this black and white design much more glamorous.

Metallic: Champagne

Festive red scroll save the date card printed on Zazzle metallic champagne color paper
Festive red scroll save the date card printed on Zazzle metallic champagne color paper

This particular design has heavy ink coverage. The red color looks much more festive on this metallic Champagne paper. The Champagne color shows through the non ink covered area.

Metallic: Ice vs Champagne

Champagne has a warmer, golden tone while Ice is a bit whiter in color.

Metallic papers shown in both light and heavy ink coverage, shot in low light conditions.

Laid paper - *NEW* paper options

Laid paper 01
Laid paper 01

LAID paper has horizontal rough texture, suitable for organic looking artwork. It comes in IVORY and SPECKLED colors. The SPECKLED was available when I ordered it, but now Zazzle discontinued it. The only notable difference is the color. IVORY as the name implies has a yellower tone. The SPECKLED has a warm tone and small flecks of imperfections. However those flecks are not quite obvious.

Laid paper 02
Laid paper 02
Laid paper 03
Laid paper 03

Columned paper - *NEW* paper style

Columned paper 01
Columned paper 01

The COLUMNED paper is a class of its own. It has horizontal line texture just like LAID paper, but it's more uniform and less organic looking. I photographed the COLUMNED paper with the LINEN paper to compare the difference.

COLUMNED paper 02
COLUMNED paper 02

Compared to the LINEN Bright, I would say the the COLUMNED paper is a warm white.

Delicate paper - *NEW* paper options

DELICATE 01
DELICATE 01

DELICATE paper is exacted like the name implies, thin, easy to wrinkle and need to be handled with care. It comes in two styles: Champagne and Grooved White. Again at the time of ordering I was able to get Grooved White, but it seems no longer available now. Just like COLUMNED paper it has textured lines, only it goes vertically instead of horizontal.

The Champagne has a warmer tone and a slight shimmer. Depending on what design you put on and what occasion it is for, it is very pretty and it makes quite an impression.

DELICATE 02
DELICATE 02
DELICATE 03
DELICATE 03

At the time Zazzle has no information on the thickness of DELICATE paper. Base on my observation it is not a card stock. Since it is significantly thinner than all the other invitation paper, users could use these DELICATE invitations with a backer (glue it on a thick card stock). That will give it some weight and also the layered look is definitely decadent.

If you like the shimmery look but want something thicker, go for the LINEN Pearl or METALLIC Champagne.

To customize invitation cards as shown in photos

Please visit FidesDesign. You may also design your own now that you know what Zazzle's invitation paper looks like.

Browse more invitation designs on Zazzle for

Wedding announcement (save the date) cards

Bridal shower invitations

Wedding invitations

Wedding response cards

Wedding flat thank you cards

Bachelorette party invitations

Bachelor party invitations

Children birthday party invitations

Adult birthday party invitations

Sweet Sixteen party invitations

Bar Mitzvah invitations

Quinceanera invitations

Baby shower invitations

Birth announcement cards

Anniversary party invitations

Graduation invitations

Holiday party invitations

Hanukkah party invitations

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      therge 3 years ago

      Such a helpful article!!! Thank you for the quality photos. This really aided my decision for paper type for my zazzle invitations. Excellent work!

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      FidesDesign 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, as I have illustrated above, the Basic paper does have a satin finish. A photo on Recycle paper would be just as sharp, it would just have a matte, un-coated feel.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had invites printed in basic, but was not happy with the satin finish. I expected it not to have a sheen, as in nice card stock with no texture. From what you've said, recycled may be my best choice for a redo, but I wanted to ask how a photo would look on recycled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      FidesDesign 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Basic Paper is best for photo invitations.

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      wrapitup4me 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful article. I love the way you actually show the qualities of the different kinds of papers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Which one is best for photo invitations?

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      SmokeybonesJr 4 years ago

      Very nice and very helpful! Thank You!

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      Ana 4 years ago

      Very interesting styles! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I ordered my wedding invitations from Zazzle. BEWARE: Even though you pay full price for their printing, they print your stuff with their website all over it. Ridiculous!! I was so embarrassed to find that my RSVP Cards and custom postage was printed with Zazzle advertising. I didn't have enough time to send it back. And even if I did, I would have had to start all over again with a different printer as they weren't going to fix the problem. They thought it was perfectly acceptable.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      wow, thanks so much for posting all of those images of the paper. That really helps figure out which one is best for each project.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, very informative!

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      expressduck 5 years ago

      Great lens, very useful information on a subject that is hard to get to grips with from the Zazzle website alone. Thanks!

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Very nice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this post! I've designed my wedding invitations on Zazzle and am using the champagne metallic paper. However, the zazzle invites only come with a plain white envelope. I would love to find a champagne colored metallic envelope that matches the color of my invitation. Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow this is very very important post! Thank you! I started doing now very old aged special vintage wedding invitations and I was wondering about the paper many times! Thank you! The Zazzle had to do this long time ago!!!! This is my last vintage wedding invitation: http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_flowers_love_heart_w... and perhaps the best paper for it would be champagne metallic. THANK YOU! JINAIJI

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      dmboyce 5 years ago

      This is such a great lens to refer to. I have it bookmarked and look at it often when I get a special request!

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      allpetscherished 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I've referred this to my customers who ask about paper quality. Super helpful!

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      StudioElysee 5 years ago

      This is very helpful indeed. Thanks for this lens. Bookmarked for future reference!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you, most helpful and a great go to resource.

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      BunnyBoiler 5 years ago

      Wow very informative and helpful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fabulous job on this lens. I found your information and photos very helpful.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I never knew zazzle had so many nice paper options, I'll have to give them a look the next time I need custom invitations.

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens! So helpful. And doesn't the red look gorgeous!

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      webgrrlbiz 5 years ago

      What a great and valuable lens.. thank you so much for doing this!

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      sunnymars 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for putting this together :)

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Great lens! Gives a good look & feel of the invitation paper types from zazzle. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      MaryMelindaAnderson 6 years ago

      Very good information. I haven't done many invitations yet but this will be very helpful in the future. Thanks.

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Impressive way to show off the paper from Zazzle. Really liked this.

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      teeloft 6 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of photos to depict the product = great for readers. :)

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Excellent. Thank you!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These look great. Blessed by a Zazzle Angel. Add your lens to the plexo that bet fits on

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      ChocolatteDesigns 6 years ago

      Great referrence!! Thanks!

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      FidesDesign 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The metallic paper is writable, though I would suggest letting ink dry completely before handling.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for this great resource!! Does anyone know if metallic paper is writable?

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      Thanks very much for the excellent photos of Zazzle's invitation paper selection. I often have customers ask about the paper and will begin sending them here to see your examples! Very nice.

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      Heard_Zazzle 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! A great resource for anyone buying or selling Zazzle invitations. Going to Tweet it, too.

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      I am ordering wedding invitations on Zazzle and this has been very helpful! Thanks!

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      myshelle01 6 years ago

      This has been most helpful to me I create on Zazzle

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      We do not do invitations, but did check Zazzle's mouse pad and magnet quality by buying one of each. They make good products, as per our small sample.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I love zazzle. I didn't realise that they had so many types of paper. Great idea for a lens. I'll post your lens on The Squidvertiser under "My zazzle Lens Is ... "

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      MelsMark 6 years ago

      great lens, and so helpful!

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      slotowngal 6 years ago

      Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for! Our daughter is getting married in May, and we are doing her invitations on Zazzle. :-)

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      LakeEffects 6 years ago

      Wonderful descriptions of the papers! Very helpful to see the different kinds of examples you have, too!

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      brainlint 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!!! Much better description than you get at Zazzle, and love the actual photos!

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      cslentz 6 years ago

      Love it! I design wedding invites on Zazzle, and this answers questions I didn't even know I had. :)

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      biglnet 6 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative. Have lensrolled to my wedding lenses.

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      BluePlanetBoutique 6 years ago

      Great lens with very useful information. Thanks a lot for taking the time to create it!

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      MalibuItalian 6 years ago

      What a WONDERFUL and helpful lens!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together - Thumbs up to you!!

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      FidesDesign 6 years ago

      Thank you for all your kinds words, I hope this will help when deciding paper types for holiday greetings and invitations as well.

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      ArtformTheHeart 6 years ago

      Super lens!! You've done very well indeed photographing the papers and it gives a really good indication of the quality.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful information, thank you!

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      JetBlackStudio 6 years ago

      This lens is great! If I was going to get some invitations off Zazzle this info would help me greatly in choosing what I got. More people should make these material reviews so everyone can get a better idea of what quality zazzle products are, great job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Useful info, thanks. People who are shopping for invites may be able to make use of a coupon code I have - Emmaandpete3, which gets you 10% off all orders at Zazzle.com of $50 or more :)

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Great info! I lensrolled to several of my Zazzle lenses.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      This is super. lensrolled to my Zazzle 101 lens : )

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      blitzenbaby 7 years ago

      Very helpful, thanks for all the hard work you put into it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens. Will refer customers to if they ask about the quality. Nice photos and invitations. Lensrolled and favorited.

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Very helpful lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for all your excellent photos and information. Very helpful and will refer customers with questions about paper here. Fantastic!

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      Melissa A Benson 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Very Helpful! Thanks so much for doing this!

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      FidesDesign 7 years ago

      This lens is updated 07/12/2010 with new photos of recent papers.

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      Thanks for this...it's very helpful for customers with question. Will be lensrolling.

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      SanguinLover 7 years ago

      Thanx so much for this lens. It helps out a lot! will be referring customers here for a peek when needed.great job =)

      Gothic Business at Zazzle (among others lol )

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      FidesDesign 7 years ago

      I've updated some of the descriptions because Zazzle no longer gloss coat any of the invite papers. I don't have photos of this newer invite prints but will update if I have some in the future.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this is awesome! thank you so much for this...I learned a lot!

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      dmboyce 7 years ago

      This is great! Thanks for putting this together - Dale (Dale's Designs on Zazzle)

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      PopcornSalt 7 years ago

      Great resource you've created for anyone buying paper products from Zazzle!