The way invitations look and feel in person matters. Charley Paper Company uses the highest quality papers and printing techniques for our invitations. In fact, we use better quality, thicker and heavier paper for our standard invitations than any major invitation retailer. We are also one of only a few invitation retails to offer flat printed 100% cotton paper.
Some big box stationery stores offer dozens of paper choices. We have taken out the guess work by offering only two types of the highest quality matte papers. As stationers, we think matte papers are the classiest and provide the best printing results. Other stationers offer gloss (like you see on photographs), sheen (sparkles that quickly veer towards cheesy), or texture (lines pressed into the paper). We got rid of those options, because we don't think they look as good, and they do not print as well. Instead, we just have the best matte, uncoated, thick, velvety cotton paper. It has a very slight bumpy texture, as opposed to being extremely flat and smooth like printer paper, and is a pure, soft, neutral white.
There are two metrics to measure how "thick" paper is: it's actual thickness, and it's weight. Paper thickness is measured in "points," (one point = 0.35 millimeters) and weight is measured in pounds, and is the actual weight of a reem of 500 sheets of the paper. When purchasing stationery from Charley Paper Co, the only thing you have to decide is whether you want to use our thick (19pt) or extra-thick (38pt) paper. The extra thick is more expensive, but both feel very luxurious and are much thicker than everyday paper, and many papers offered by our competitors.
We are one of only a few stationers to offer 100% cotton paper for digital printing, and our 100% cotton paper is thicker and heavier than the competitors'. Everyone else uses either wood pulp or synthetic materials for their papers. Cotton paper is sought out by paper connoisseurs as the height of luxury, and has been valued for centuries for its soft, velvety texture. It also provides superior printing results, allowing for crisp lines (especially useful for those thin calligraphy swirls) and bright, saturated, and true colors.
With a lot of things in life, the best is not necessarily the most eco-friendly, but that is not the case with cotton papers. Cotton paper is tree free. No forests are cut down to make it. Instead, it is made from cotton linter - tiny cotton fibers leftover from the textile industry, which would otherwise be thrown out. In addition, because cotton is naturally white, fewer chemicals, water, and energy have to be used in processing it. Cotton also creates a brighter, purer white paper than could ever be achieved by bleaching and dying wood pulp. Our paper is also archival, acid-free, and chlorine free. You can learn more about our Savoy cotton paper at the manufacturer's website.
Our printing is done by a professional, artisan printing company who uses commercial HP Indigo printers. The ink is archival and fade resistant, and works beautifully on our cotton paper. This printing process results in a flat surface on the paper, and allows for an endless spectrum of colors with very high resolution. You will never be able to see "dots" or pixels in our printed pieces, no matter how closely you look. People refer to this printing process as "digital" "flat" or "giclee" - the terms are interchangeable.
We would love to send you a sample so that you can experience the quality of our paper and printing first hand. We're sure you won't be disappointed.
Our envelopes are also the highest quality. We sought out the most elegant Euro-flap envelopes, which have a deep triangular flap, for our invitation suites. Our envelopes are matte and completely opaque, even the white ones. They have a smooth surface that is perfect for calligraphy ink and easy to write on.
We have paired each invitation suite with an envelope color we think goes well with the design, but you may choose any color envelopes to go with your suite, whether you change the colors on the original piece or not (at no extra charge.) We have about 75 colors, and will do our best to match exactly what you're looking for. We also include complimentary extra envelopes with each order - about 20% more than the number of invitation suites - to account for those inevitable addressing mistakes.