15 Ways to Find the Perfect Kraft Paper

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Trying to find the perfect kraft paper can make any graphic designer feel a bit like Goldilocks. This one’s too light, this one’s too dark – you get the picture. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours looking at paper samples and you’re still haven’t found the perfect one. Sound familiar? At Parse & Parcel, we get more questions about kraft paper than other type of paper out there. So we dove dive deep into The Swatchbox and put together this guide to help designers find the perfect kraft paper.

FIND THE PERFECT KRAFT PAPER

Finding just the right kraft paper is important in conveying the proper tone and messaging of a brand. Kraft papers are a natural choice for visually communicating a message of sustainability or environmental friendliness.  Other qualities kraft papers convey are organic, natural, healthy, pure and authentic. Their versatility makes them a great choice for design with a minimal or deconstructed aesthetic, or paired with a foil stamp for a hint of unexpected luxury. The good news is that there are plenty of kraft papers to choose from, the secret is finding the perfect one for your project.

For the sake of argument, this guide refers to papers that fall into the category of kraft papers manufactured for commercial printing. The color offering is narrowed to the traditional brown kraft color palette. Where certified digital paper options are available, it’s noted below the specific color and by basis weight. Note that most of these papers will work fine for most digital printing applications, even though they are not “certified digital,” that certification is usually designated for digital production color presses (ex. HP Indigo). I have used a few of these kraft papers for digital printing very successfully even though they are not “certified” digital. The best way to know if the sheet you found is the perfect kraft paper for your project is to check with your printer and have them test some samples first.

MATCHING KRAFT ENVELOPES

Also included in this guide are matching envelopes. Everyone loves kraft envelopes – myself included (kraft is one of the colors in P&P’s identity). So, I have also included the available manufactured envelope sizes. Note that all of the papers and envelopes listed are available through the individual mill’s websites – if you can’t find them locally through a paper merchant. Just be aware that minimum order quantities of envelopes will vary by website (ex. some mills offer envelope quantities of 50, while other mill sites have a 250 or 500 minimum quantity on envelopes).

Here are 15 ways to find the perfect kraft paper for your next print project. If you find this guide helpful make sure to join our mailing list – it’s where we share our best tips when it comes to finding the perfect paper.

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  1. CTI Glama Kraft Grey/Grey 90% PCW– 68T 95T
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, #10, 6.5” Square
  2. CTI Glama Kraft Brown/Grey 90% PCW– 68T 108T
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, #10, 6.5” Square
  3. CTI Glama Kraft Brown/Brown 90% PCW– 129C
  4. French Speckletone Kraft 30% PCW– 28W/70T 80C 100C 140C
    Envelopes: A1, A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” Squar,e 6” x 9”
  5. French Speckletone Oatmeal 30% PCW– 28W/70T 80C
    Envelopes: A1, A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” Square, 6” x 9”, 9” x 12”
  6. French Kraft-Tone Parcel Wrap Kraft – 70T 100C
    Envelopes: A1, A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” Square, 6” x 9”
  7. French Kraft-Tone Paper Bag Kraft – 70T 100C
    Envelopes: A1, A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” Square, 6” x 9”
  8. French Kraft-Tone Brown Box Kraft – 70T 100C
    Envelopes: A1, A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” Square, 6” x 9”
  9. Mohawk Via Vellum Flax 30% PCW– 70T 65C 80C
    Envelopes: A2, #10, 5 ½ Bar
  10. Mohawk Via Vellum Jute 30% PCW– 70T 65C
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, #10
  11. Mohawk Via Vellum Kraft 30% PCW – 70T 80C
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, A9, 4 Bar, Monarch, #10, 5 ½ Square, 6” x 9”
  12. Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Straw 50% PCW FSC – 80T 80C 110C
    Digital: 110C
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, #10, 6” x 9”
  13. Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Jute 50% PCW FSC – 80T 80C 110DTC
    Envelopes: A2, A6, A7, #10
  14. Neenah Environment Smooth Desert Storm 30% PCW FSC – 24W 80T 80C 100C 120C 130C;
    Digital:  80T 100C
    Envelopes: #10, #9, Monarch, 9” x 12”, 10” x 13” A1, A2, A6, A7, A8, A9, 4 Bar, 5 ½ Bar, 6 Bar
    Square Envelopes: 5, 5 ½, 6, 6 ½, 7, 7 ½, 8, 8 1/2
  15. Neenah Environment Raw Grocer Kraft 30% PCW FSC – 70T 80C 100C 120C 130C;
    Digital: 100C
    Envelopes: #10, #9, Monarch, 9” x 12”, 10” x 13” A1, A2, A6, A7, A8, A9, 4 Bar, 5 ½ Bar, 6 Bar
    Square Envelopes: 5, 5 ½, 6, 6 ½, 7, 7 ½, 8, 8 1/2

4 Comments

  1. Sarah Cowan On October 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Great detective work! Kraft paper can be especially frustrating when you think you have found the perfect thing only to get a sample and find it’s a different (read not very nice) colour on the back! So, thank you for including the backs in this too.

    For UK peeps can I add Paperback paper to your list? I love their Kraft paper, which comes in loads of colours. Almond is a particular favourite – not too yellow, not too brown. I think Goldilocks would approve! :-)

    • Jill DiNicolantonio On October 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm Reply

      Thanks for the info Sarah, I hope our UK friends will check out your recommendation. It was also mentioned that Gmund Heidi in the Soft Kraft shade is nice option for letterpress printing.

  2. victoria shepherd On October 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Very timely- thank you!

    • Jill DiNicolantonio On October 17, 2016 at 3:12 pm Reply

      You are welcome – hope it helps make finding that perfect kraft paper easier! 😉

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