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Red River Pecos River Gloss Cards 230gsm

An ultra smooth, gloss printable inkjet card. It's high gloss finish and bright white tone makes for excellent contrast and image detail.

Sample of this paper available in: Red River Cards Sample Pack
5 by 7in 50 Card Box (sku: PRRG_8450) $67.00
5 by 7in 100 Card Box (sku: PRRG_8451) $99.00
Matching Envelopes (100 Pack) (sku: PRREW_100PK) $39.00
Matching Clearbags (100 Pack) (sku: CB_B75PC) $25.00


This is the most popular inkjet printable card stock that Red River sell - and it's easy to see why. Pecos River Gloss Cards have an ultra smooth surface with a high gloss resin-coated finish that really makes colours and blacks alike pop.

This card boasts a wide colour gamut and it's cool, bright white tone gives vivid contrast and crisp detail, making it the perfect choice for photographic and graphic images. Pecos River Gloss has an uncoated smooth matte back which is suitable for basic printed text, or a handwritten message, on the inside of your card. The cast coated resin finish is acid free and makes for a robust surface texture.

Red River cards come pre-scored for an effortless fold and the 230gsm medium weight card stock feeds easily into most printers.

(N.B. Accessories are only available in 100 packs).


  • Size Unfolded: 178 x 254mm (7"x10")
  • Size Folded: 127 x 178mm (5"x7")
  • Matching Envelopes: 132 x185mm
  • Matching Clearbags: 151 x 197mm (5.94" x 7.75" - our Large size)
    (generous fit for a single card/envelope, designed to also fit sets)

Images on cards by Laurie Excell

Construction - Resin Coated


Resin Coated

Substrate - Alpha Cellulose<br>(acid free)


Alpha Cellulose
(acid free)

Paper Weight - 230 gsm

Paper Weight

230 gsm

Surface Texture - Gloss

Surface Texture


White Tone - Cool White

White Tone

Cool White

Optical Brighteners? - Yes

Optical Brighteners?


Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

  • Construction
    Resin Coated

    Papers are constructed in two main ways:

    Resin Coated papers are the modern approach. These use less fibre and replace the fibre with resin (a nice name for plastic). This means these papers are cheap, strong and robust, but tend to be less attractive to the touch and accept less ink. They tend to have a clinical appearance and it's hard to write on the back of them. They tend to be popular in the consumer and wedding/portrait markets.

    Fibre Based papers are traditional papers made without plastic, using only plant fibres. These tend to accept more ink and have a more attractive appearance, and these are the papers most of our customers favour.

  • Substrate
    Alpha Cellulose

    What is the paper base made from?

    Possibilities include:

    • Wood Pulp - the most common and cheapest
    • Alpha Cellulose - the best part of wood pulp, separated. Generally tested as archival as cotton etc
    • Cotton - the most common fine art paper fibre
    • Bamboo - an ecologically friendly alternative to cotton
    • Mulberry & more - many other plant fibres can be used to make archival paper
  • Coating

    These days almost all papers are microporous coated - meaning they'll accept inks from both dye based and pigment printers well.

    In years past, some papers had a swellable coating - designed to give a greater life to prints with dye based inks but this approach has fallen out of favour.

  • Paper Weight
    230 gsm

    In 'gsm' - grams per square metre.

    Not, technically, the same as paper thickness, but obviously correlated. The heft of the paper. European art papers are traditionally generally around the 300gsm mark. Asian papers historically tended to be lighter, 100 to 200 gsm.

    Papers with a higher GSM tend to have more opacity, i.e. you see less through them.

  • Surface Texture

    What is the surface texture of the paper?

    We divide this into six groups. We go by the appearance of the actual paper and not what the manufacturer might label the box with!

    • Matte - smooth and texture
    • Gloss - semi, gloss, and high gloss
    • Double Sided - special case papers that are printable to full quality on both sides.
  • White Tone
    Cool White

    What is the white tone of the paper?

    • Cool White - a paper with a distinctly cool (blue) tone
    • Bright White - A paper that is brighter than non brightened papers, but not overly cool
    • White - a natural clean white tone for an art paper - most Photo Rag papers fall here
    • Warm - a distinctly warmer, creamier paper
    • Pearlescent - a distinct warm grey tone (generally found only with metallic papers)
  • Compatible Inks
    Pigment Inks (use photo black)
    Dye Based Inks

    What ink type (dye and/or pigments) can you use with the paper?

    Also, if using pigment inks and you have a choice, should you use the Matte Black or Photo Black ink?

  • Acid Free?

    Is this paper acid free?

    Acid in paper leads to earlier yellowing and the paper will also become brittle more quickly. Thus for a paper to be archival, it needs to be acid free.

    Papers which are not acid free are generally best used for proofing (test printing), and shorter term purposes. That is, they are not considered to be a fine art level product, or suitable for print sales into the art or professional photography markets.

    This does not, of course, mean these papers will vanish or discolour overnight - they generally still have life-spans suitable for commercial work and above or on par with e.g. typical photo chemistry papers. They are thus suitable to markets like signage, or the decor market (e.g. print sales for kiddies bedrooms, for example) - but should be avoided if you're trying to sell your work as a serious art level product.

    In general, papers made from cotton are naturally acid free, which is one reason they are often favoured. Other fibres, like Kozo, are also naturally acid free. High grade wood pulp papers can also be made to be acid free, however, if the lignin/acid is removed from the pulp.

  • Optical Brighteners?

    Does the paper contain chemicals in it to brighten its appearance?

    More on this here.

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