Zazzle paper invitation quality
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).
RECYCLED - Smooth, 100lb cover-weight paper, non-glossy finish. Made with 100% post-consumer recycled content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Here's what the ENVIRONMENTAL paper looks like with no ink coverage.
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
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.
Here's what the paper looks like without ink coverage. You can see how yellow the FELT Cream is compared to the rest.
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
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.
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 shot in low light to demonstrate how glossy the LINEN Pearl is.
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.
All metallic paper has a bit of shimmer in it. This Metallic Ice color paper makes this black and white design much more glamorous.
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 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.
Columned paper - *NEW* paper style
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.
Compared to the LINEN Bright, I would say the the COLUMNED paper is a warm white.
Delicate paper - *NEW* paper options
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.
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.
Wedding announcement (save the date) cards
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Bachelorette party invitations
Bachelor party invitations
Children birthday party invitations
Adult birthday party invitations
Sweet Sixteen party invitations
Bar Mitzvah invitations
Baby shower invitations
Birth announcement cards
Anniversary party invitations
Holiday party invitations
Hanukkah party invitations