Black Kraft

Popular for packaging gifts, jewelry and electronics, black kraft paper features a dark glossy color on both sides of the material. Made from recycled materials, black kraft is a high end eco-friendly option and is popular for its sleek look and durability.

  • Eco-friendly
  • Tear resistant
  • Matte black finish


Made from recycled materials, black kraft paper is a sleek, lightweight and eco-friendly material that features a glossy dark color on both the front and back side. Although its most popular use is for picture backings in the picture framing industry, black kraft is also favored for gift, jewelry and electronics packaging as it is still as durable and tear-resistant as natural kraft paper while offering a more sophisticated and high end look.The glossy finish offers an optimal surface for printing. However, the dark color tends to skew the printing output making colors appear muted and faded. It is recommended to lay white ink before printing on black craft to maintain color vibrancy and consistency.

Cardboard Thickness

kraft paper weight chart

Paperboard Thickness and Grammage Conversion Table

Basestock Properties (Units) Nominal Basis Weight (GSM) Caliper (Inches) Thickness (Microns) Commonly Used For
12pt 250gsm 0.012” 305μ Bags
14pt 275gsm 0.014” 356μ Takeout Boxes, Cups
16pt 300gsm 0.016” 406μ Heavy duty bags, Takeout Box
18pt 350gsm 0.018” 456μ All box packaging
24pt 400gsm 0.024” 610μ Heavy duty boxes
28pt 527gsm 0.028” 710μ Very heavy duty boxes

Color Appearance On Black Kraft Paper

Ink Colors on Black Kraft

Ink Colors on Black Kraft

Printing on black kraft paperboard changes the appearance of colors making them look much more muted and faded.

Colors on Black Kraft with White Ink Behind

Colors on Black Kraft with White Ink Behind

A white ink base can be laid on black kraft paper before printing to help colors remain more vibrant, while still maintaining the textured look of kraft.

Ink Colors on Black Kraft

White Ink On Black Kraft

White ink on black kraft paper is an impactful way of creating a stark contrast between colors and textures.