Card is a thicker alternative to paper and is suitable for a range of applications where standard paper would be too flimsy. With a range of colours and sizes to choose from Cromwell stocks quality card from brands such as Papago and Decadry.

What is card?

Card is a form of paper that is thicker and sturdier than standard sheets of paper. When paper get over a certain gsm (grams per square metre) then it is considered card this is typically around the 200gsm mark.

Why card?

Card has greater rigidity and durability than standard paper, and as a result can be used for more durable applications, such as document and brochure covers as well as greetings and business cards.

Types of card

160gsm - A thick paper, almost considered card it bridges the gap between the two and can be used for fliers and brochures.

170gsm - Glossy versions of this weight are typically used in items like calendars etc.

200gsm - Thin card used in items like document covers.

250gsm - Thicker card used in items like greetings cards and brochure covers.

300gsm - Thick card, ideal for business cards, in and book covers.

Considerations when choosing card

GSM - different thicknesses of card are ideal for different applications. For instance, thick card makes for sturdy items like business cards as it has little bend, whilst the thinner end of the spectrum has a little more flexibility.

Size - Like paper, card comes in a range of sizes. Typically most offices use A4, but certain industries like printers may require sizes such as A3 and above. Selecting the right size to your application is key to getting the results you desire.

Finish - Some card has a smoother satin style or glossy finish. Selecting the correct finish will depend on the finish your application requires.


Can I print on card using an everyday inkjet printer?

Yes, you can. Although it is advisable beforehand to check the specification on your printer to ensure it can handle various thicknesses, failure to do this could potentially damage your printer internally so be sure to check the printer's documentation or check with a professional before printing.