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We're glad you're visiting Monederosmart, and that's why we want you to know everything (really, everything) about the wonderful world of crafting, crafts and decoration. That's why we're going to talk about an amazing item that you can't miss on your desk: craft paper.

It is an incredible ally to create magical pieces that will delight children, teenagers, adults and anyone to whom we want to give a gift or sell an innovative creation. The infinite variety of models and designs will allow it to adapt to every circumstance that may arise.

But that's enough of this, we tell you that as you read on, you will find relevant information about craft paper, its uses, its scope, its types and the craft paper models that are at the top of the list of the most requested, best-selling and most outstanding. Don't miss yours!




The most important

  • Craft paper is the paper that we often use in crafts and decorations, thanks to its ease of use and creative and innovative designs to give life to all your projects. The models and combinations that exist are endless.
  • When purchasing craft paper you will notice that there are 2 types of paper you can get: a heavy version and a light version. Each of them has very particular characteristics that can be used in different ways to get the most out of them.
  • There are some fundamental data that you should know before purchasing craft paper, and they are the shade of the model you need, the extent of its printing, the size of the paper you have chosen and the extra features it may have.

The Best Craft Paper: Our Picks

Buying guide: What you need to know about craft paper

We already know which models may surprise us this year, but it's time to learn a little more about this wonderful type of paper that is the star of every event, every craft project, and which is the main ally of entrepreneurs, designers and creative innovators.

The number of projects that can be decorated or complemented with craft paper is infinite, all you need is imagination and supporting materials. (Photo: Freepik / Freepik)

What is craft paper and what are its advantages?

We know as craft paper that which is used for "crafting", a term used to refer to crafts, handicrafts and useful or decorative works made by hand with stationery materials. It can have different shapes and designs, but it is usually eye-catching and decorative.

Thanks to the variety of options you can find, you will also find designs to suit your every need, in all colours and thousands of combinations so that your creativity will never stagnate. Here we tell you a little about the advantages of having this item in your life.

Advantages
  • Diversity of colours
  • Different sizes
  • Can be used alone or together with others
  • The same set can have different designs
  • Will encourage creativity
Disadvantages
  • Can be a difficult decision as there is so much variety
  • Not all designs are double sided

Craft paper heavy or light - what to look out for?

Craft paper is the ideal paper for our crafts, but we can find different weights per square metre that will fulfil different functions. This characteristic is known as grammage and in craft paper it usually ranges from 30 to 280 grams. At this point we will tell you the differences between each of them.

Heavyweight. When we talk about heavy craft paper, we can refer to cardboard and other similar specifications, which usually range from 180 to 280 grams. This characteristic allows the texture to be both smooth and embossed, so it will have a medium or high firmness to make works such as boxes, cards and similar.

Its resistance will be high or medium, depending on the type of manufacture it has undergone. You can use it as it is or print on it, preferably with a laser printer. Although it can be used in some cases, it is not advisable to wrap items with this paper, as its flexibility will not be high enough.

Lightweight. Thin craft paper can be found in models such as cellophane, transfer and similar. This low grammage (30 to 50 grams) will make it an ideal choice for wrapping and lining objects, but it will not be strong enough to stand on its own for other types of work.

Its texture will be smooth although it may include patterned designs. Its strength will be medium to low, depending on its manufacturing process, and it is not suitable for traditional printing on it, due to the paper's lack of firmness and excessive flexibility.

Heavy Heavy Light
Texture Smooth or embossed Smooth
Grammage From 180 to 280 grams From 30 to 50 grams
Wrapping Not recommended Suitable
Firmness Medium or high Low
Resistance High or medium Medium or low
Printing Suitable Not suitable

Purchasing criteria

Craft paper is an inevitable option on our work table when creativity comes to mind. That is why we give you some information that you can take into account to find out which is the ideal model for your purchase.

  • Shade
  • Size
  • Print
  • Extra features

Shade

The shade of your paper will say a lot about the use you can make of it. Depending on this aspect, you will be able to use it for one type of occasion or many. Here are the 3 options you will find most often.

Glossy. These designs are the most preferred when it comes to notorious decoration. You can find gold, silver and other metallic colours that will catch everyone's attention. Use them for invitations to children's or elegant events, for gifts for children or teenagers and to announce an important event.

Opaque. This type of paper is ideal for gift wrapping and serious decorations, e.g. a senior's birthday, a graduation, a promotion celebration or a housewarming. It will also bring elegance and distinction to the whole ceremony. Neutral colour options are highly recommended in these cases.

Transparent. Transparency means that underneath there is something we want to be revealed, so you can use it as an accompaniment to your cheerful decorations and to wrap gifts that can be seen from the outside, such as mementos of your celebrations, gift exchanges and the like.

Craft paper can be found in individual versions, such as cardboard, or in larger quantities, such as rolls of paper. (Photo: lightfieldstudios / 123rf)

Stamping

When you buy any paper there are 2 options you will find: both sides will be coloured or printed in the same way or only one of them will have the design. We tell you when to use each of them.

One side. This type of paper is more economical, as only one of its sides has the colour and final design that we want to show. For this reason it is an ideal option for wrapping, creating gift bags, lining notebooks, boxes and notebooks; creating figures to be stuck on top of other paper, among other occasions.

Both sides. When your paper is printed on both sides, it's a pity that you can't see both sides. That's why you can create objects that open up or can be seen from various angles, such as boxes, envelopes, figures for air decorations, cards and more.

Size

The size of the paper you get will determine how long you can enjoy it, what kind of work you can include it in and how complicated it will be to handle. Take a look at the following sizes to see which one you will need.

Small. You can find really small papers in case you only need to make minimal decorations. Half letter (14 x 21 centimetres) and letter (21 x 27 centimetres) sizes will be ideal for this occasion, as you can cut out figures, lines or just work directly on them.

Medium. When you want to do a larger job, choose slightly larger sheets of paper. If the letter size is too small, you can find double letter sizes, which are 27 centimetres high and 43 centimetres long. With this you can wrap small gifts, create bags, boxes and a dozen invitation cards.

Large. You're likely to see craft paper rolls from 3 metres long and up, so you can select the one that best suits your needs. Although you can find rolls of thick paper, it will be easier to locate those of thin paper for wrapping. You can look for them when you make pieces for sale.

Extra features

In addition to all the features we have mentioned, some craft papers will have extra features that can be useful. Check to see if you need them, because if you don't, this can increase the cost.

Adhesive. This type of paper can be peeled off (or adhered to another paper under heat) to reveal a self-adhesive side. It will be ideal for when you need your paper to stick fully to an object, when you need to line some books or when you want to decorate with creative stickers.

Textured. This will not be a plain paper, but can have different textures or reliefs with specific figures or patterns, such as leaves, hearts, circles and the like. In this case, it may not be suitable for printing and may be a thick sheet, so it can be used to complement decorations.

(Featured image photo: Soorelis / Pixabay)

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