Are you finding paper weights to be confusing? Why is 80 lb. text lighter than 59 lb. cover?
The terms text and cover come from the paper manufacturing world. There are also other paper types that include index and bond, for instance, but we will stick to papers more commonly used for paper crafting here,
Lighter weight papers print easily and may be used to print information, and can also be layered onto a flat or folded card of a heavier weight. Heavier paper and specially coated paper may be more difficult for DIY printing, but make beautiful and sturdy flat card backs. Scrapbook pages, layered greeting cards and layered announcements may employ a combination of light, medium and heavyweight text and cover papers as well as embellishments. However, paper weights can be confusing. Here is a chart that reveals the mystery behind the math:
Extra heavy weights are similar to gift box weight or chipboard
These weights begin at 110-pound cover and above
*See Printing Guide