Notecard Thickness

Yesterday I was quite pleased to find plain white 3 x 5 notecards at Walmart for 46 cents a pack (quantity 100). They were brighter white than my previous notecard purchase, which also pleased me greatly.

However, I was most distraught to discover how flimsy the cards are. The cards are "Oxford Essentials". I think my previous purchase may have been a different brand (Mead, perhaps?). I always assumed, wrongly, that notecards are notecards are notecards.

Sometimes I just don't feel like printing out my own hPDA forms on cardstock, then cutting them. Many times a blank card is all I require. The Levenger notecard is most definitely superior, but I'm not ready to shell out the big bucks for them.

Are there any inexpensive, heavy-weight, blank white notecards out there? HELP!


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I can recommend contacting a print shop... we have tons of scraps and I have probably 1000 cards I cut down from scraps here at work. (Instead of recycling them...)

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Oxford Classic White


I have a stack of Oxford Classic White cards (40150-SP is written above the barcode, 78787 40150 is the barcode itself). They seem reasonably sturdy. It feels comparable to some sheet stock I bought in pastel colors a while back (Hammermill assortment of some kind).

These blank cards would likely have been bought from Staples, OfficeMax, or Office Depot in a bundle of 300 or 500. In that kind of bulk they're pretty cheap.


Make them yourself ?

I was dissatisfied with the print quality from my inkjet onto standard index cards, so I bought a ream of decent quality cover/card stock and chopped it down to index card size.

It is a bit of labor (if you do the chopping yourself) or cost (if the print shop chops), but I am sufficiently pleased with the result to stick with it.

When you do your price checking, consider that a 500 sheet ream of letter size stock will yield 2000 (4-up) or 2500 (two column, 3 landscape, 2 portrait) index cards.

(Additional Note): I checked cover/card stock prices and such and (re)discovered it usually comes in packs of 250 sheets, so that is 1000 or 1250 cards. Have fun !!

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Mead vs Oxford vs Levenger

In some informal testing of 3x5 cards from Mead and Oxford, I found the Meads to have a smoother surface and to take fountain ink fairly well without excessive feathering. The Oxford cards tended to feather, even making inkjet printing a little fuzzy. The Levenger cards are really nice, with very smooth surfaces and quite fountain pen ink friendly. But, I think you'd have to let them dry longer because of their smooth surfaces. I didn't test the thickness though.


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B. Banzai

Variation within a brand

I found Oxford cards to vary in smoothness and feathering. Some versions are better than others. For example, the plain Oxford cards were a little rougher than some portrait ruled padded cards from Oxford. By padded, I mean that the cards were bound together at the narrow edge by a glue binding like a notepad. The padded cards were quite smooth and were the only ones I've found with horizontal rules in a portrait orientation, rather than the landscape orientation of most ruled cards. Oxford also had grid ruled cards, which I haven't seen in Mead either. Levenger has index cards designed for the portrait orientation.

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
B. Banzai