A glossary of stationery terms

Card stock

Matte paper that comes in a variety of colors and weights.

Cotton fiber

Sturdy paper made entirely of cotton.

Deckle edge

Handmade paper with edges that appear torn.


Shiny, thin paper best used for envelopes.


Custom-designed, textured paper made of natural materials such as flowers, herbs or vegetables.


Lightweight paper similar to vellum but with a more textured finish.


Semi-rough paper that emulates the look of linen cloth.


Patterned paper that emulates the look of marble.


Cloudy, translucent paper that creates an otherworldly effect.


Lightweight, translucent paper often used as a top layer or overlay.


Delicate or translucent paper that is layered on top of another stock.

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