At optimalprint, we offer two types of cards - silk (with an option glossy finish) and matt:
Silk card. Thick, 350 grams card with a smooth, silky surface. Excellent for vivid colours and photos. Photos won`t be as glossy as on photo paper.
A glossy finish can be added to the front/outside of silk cards, making colours and photos really vibrant.
Matt card. Thick, 300 grams card, more textured, brighter white, with a matte look. Great for more formal occasions, for simple, elegant designs and for text-based cards. The ink is absorbed into the cardstock, making it easier to write on this paper by hand. A glossy finish cannot be added. We don't recommend this card for photos.
Always consider your design, colours and style of the occasion when choosing card-type and coating.