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Featured Paper Mill Brand: ASPIRE Petallics®

Some projects are so special that they call for a little extra shimmer and shine. There are a few ways to achieve this aesthetic, but the easiest way is to add some sparkle with a magnificent mica-coated sheet of ASPIRE Petallics® paper. Boasting a bevy of beautiful colors and available in a range of weight and sizes, this pretty paper is sure to make your art, crafts and other paper projects look more magical.

A Sparkly Start

Driven by design trends and a surge in customer interest, CTI developed the ASPIRE Petallics line in the early 2000s. By using and combining different shades of mica – a type of iridescent mineral – CTI Paper was able to produce matching colored flakes that coat the paper, creating a unique metallic or pearlescent look.

A combination of the words “petals” and “metallics”, ASPIRE Petallics papers draw their color inspiration from indigenous North American metals and plants and feature a dual-sided mica-coated metallic finish.The impressive array of vibrant shades are named primarily for the plant or metal they were inspired by:

ASPIRE Petallics papers are available in smooth and vellum finishes, and are one of the few metallic papers that offer a bit of texture, with select colors available in a elegant subtle linen finish.

ASPIRE Petallic’s luminous appearance has made these papers a popular choice for a number of applications, from wedding suites and welcome packages to photo frames at Disney World. The subtle shimmer adds a high-quality look and feel to any creative project, as well as a hint of fun that can be emphasized depending on the purpose of your project and the color you select.

Petallics papers are perfect for:

  • Announcements
  • Annual reports
  • Birth announcements
  • Booklets
  • Brochure covers
  • Brochures
  • Business cards
  • Business proposals
  • Calendars
  • Card making
  • Catalogs
  • Communications
  • Covers
  • Direct mail
  • Eco-friendly works
  • Embellishments
  • Envelope presentations
  • Envelope stuffers
  • Event materials
  • Flyers
  • Folders
  • Gift tags
  • Graphic design Projects
  • Greeting cards
  • Holiday cards
  • Identity kits
  • Inserts
  • Invitations
  • Marketing materials
  • Menus
  • Newsletters
  • Packaging
  • Paper crafts
  • Personal correspondence
  • Pocket folders
  • Post cards
  • Promotional inserts
  • Raffle tickets
  • Report covers
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sell sheets
  • Stationery
  • Wedding stationery
  • Wedding suites

Printing on ASPIRE Petallics

Determined to create a paper with the perfect amount of shimmer that wouldn’t limit printing applications, CTI Paper designed ASPIRE Petallics papers to be completely non-porous and non-absorbent, ensuring that they are capable of running on a number of printers.

Initially only usable with print processes that dry ink through oxidization (such as laser printing), CTI Papers have since developed ASPIRE Petallics papers that are compatible with inkjet printers – good news for crafters and designers who print at home! Now, ASPIRE Petallics papers are well-suited to a variety of printing methods and print finishing techniques, including:

Print Method or Technique
Black & White Copiers
Color Copiers
Color Copy
DI Printers
Digital Press
Foil Stamping
HP Indigo
InkjetMost; may require additional drying time.
Kodak NexPress
Laser Printers
Xerox iGen

Glittery & Environmentally Green

ASPIRE Petallics are not just another pretty paper. These stocks have more to offer than their gorgeous gleam: a Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) certified company, CTI utilizes green manufacturing processes wherever possible. As such, the Petallics line of premium papers, cardstocks and envelopes is manufactured with the environment in mind:

  • Manufactured using 100% wind power
  • Uses Green-e certified wind power
  • 100% carbon-neutral
  • Elemental chlorine free
  • Acid & lignin free
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified
  • SFI Certified (Pearl items)
  • Select products made with 30% post consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber

Make it Memorable with Metallics

Don’t be afraid to incorporate bright, sparkly colors to your work! Metallic papers aren’t limited to special occasions like weddings – these papers lend a luminous quality to any print, pamphlet or photograph. With an elegant and ethereal air, the subtle sheen of a well-made metallic sheet of paper can make any project that much more memorable.

ASPIRE Petallics is available as cardstock, paper, notecards and envelopes.

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Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.