Looking for great quality greeting card paper? Red River Paper has it! Red River Paper has over 50 years of experience and supplies over 30 different types of quality inkjet papers at their plant in Texas. Finding the right specialty inkjet paper on their website is easy. Simply shop by:
- Printer (Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark)
- Photo Subject (portraits, black and white, HDR, landscapes, etc.)
- Paper size (ranging from 4×6 to wide format, 44″ rolls and pre-scored greeting cards)
- Project/Industry (proof sheets, portfolios, books, calendars, etc.)
You can sample their inkjet printer papers by purchasing their affordable Inkjet Photo Paper Sample Kits which has free ground shipping (to USA/no PO Boxes):
- Inkjet Photo & Fine Art Sample (16 of their most popular photo and fine art inkjet papers)
- Greeting Card Sample Kit (pre-scored inkjet greeting card papers, envelopes plus setup instructions)
- Scrapbookers Sample Kit (2 sheets each of 9 different premium digital scrapbook papers)
- Wide Format Sample Kit (2 sheets of 13×19 photo-weight inkjet papers)
At an additional cost, you can choose from their Add-On Samples where you can try inkjet photo paper and fine art sample papers:
- Specialty Media sampler (2 sheets of super-weight, canvas and double-sided papers)
- Lightweight Inkjet Media Sampler (2 sheets of light and middle-weight photo inkjet papers)
I chose to start with samples of their inkjet greeting card paper to try out on my (discontinued) Epson Stylus Photo R1900 I purchased refurbished on Epson’s website years ago. It took 4 days from ordering to receiving which is not bad considering I live on Oahu.
Here are pictures of the packaging and its contents:
In the next set of pictures, I found a photo of fall leaves from Pexels and printed it on each greeting card paper next to natural sunlight. They have not been edited except resized and I did not use Gloss Optimizer on the glossy greeting cards. Red River Paper has ICC profiles you can download and install for your printer and each paper.
Similar to 96lb Pecos Gloss Magna except much thinner and flimsier. Glossy on one side, matte on the other.
The thinnest and flimsiest of the bunch, matte on both sides.
Thin and flimsy, texture feels similar to 60lb Polar Matte C1S
Similar to 60lb Polar Matte C1S and 60lb Premium Matte Plus in smoothness, but thinner.
Thin and flimsy, canvas texture on one side.
Thin and flimsy with a linen texture.
The sturdiest card of the sample kit. Glossy on one side, matte on the other.
Thin and flimsy, smooth, coated on one side, matte on the other.
Thin and flimsy, smooth.
This paper has a slight warmth in color if the 64lb Aurora White is too white for you.
Slightly thicker than 47lb Premium Matte. Artwork can be printed on both sides.
Flimsy, texture feels nice and reminds me of school photos. It has the same finish on both sides.
Overall, I like the quality of the papers. The images printed very nicely compared to printing on random card stock. I had no trouble installing the ICC profiles Red River Paper provides and their instructions were helpful.
In my next post, I’ll talk about what program I used to create the greeting cards and share a tutorial.
Do you use Red River Paper for your projects? What are your favorite products?