Reported By Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

You’ve probably never heard of Sultane. But, by the time you finish reading this article, I guarantee you’re going to want some!

Sultane is a brand new French paper manufacturer. They have come out with two releases so far. Both releases are of beautiful, thick, double-sided paper. All of the paper comes in two sizes, the 12×12 that we are used to here in the U.S. and a smaller 7.5×12 size and is sold together in a collection. As the website says (rough translations from the French) Sultane’s paper, “was born of a simple idea: offer quality paper with high weight and of the highest quality. A pack to offer more for the same price!”

Personally, I think that their designs are fresh and innovative. I love the colors and I know I’m going to overuse this word, but the quality is amazing. It’s almost cardstock weight, but with a more glossy and flexible finish. The paper cuts beautifully (a big plus for anyone using a die cut machine or punches) without any of the usual hairy pulp edges. And, I really like that the paper is double-sided. It makes it easy to use for mini-books, cards or altered items – where both sides may show – and allows me many more options while scrapping.

Sultane’s first collection is called “Duo Deco” and consists of bright colors and bold patterns. I particularly like the undulating tone on tone colors in some of the papers. Here are some layouts I created with this collection:

Sultane’s second collection (to be released this month) is called “I Dream of Flowers.” It is a lovely and romantic, monochromatic collection of reddish browns and pinks. Here are some layouts I created with this collection:

Sultane’s website is top notch. You can see some truly stunning work from the design team there. I particularly love the work by Andrea Gomoll and Graziella Carteron. Amazing stuff!

Because I am on the design team for Sultane, I have a little treat for you! You can win some of their fabulous paper simply by leaving a comment here at Craft Critique. Tell me what you like about Sultane (and be sure to include your e-mail). I’ll be posting a randomly drawn winner on my blog: Balzer Designs next Wednesday (February 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day).

If you are interested in purchasing some Sultane for yourself, you can do so through many online retailers. A complete list can be found here.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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50 Responses to Sultane

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    Cheryl February 6, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    I have never seen the sultane paper. It sure looks interesting from what your critique article says. I would love the chance to own some. Thank you.
    Cheryl Sims

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    Scrapbook Mama February 6, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    hmm I never heard of Sultane before but the colors really call my attention and like the fact that you said the paper is thick that is something I look for in paper because I like to play around allot w/what I could do w/the pages. Thks for the review 🙂


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    Sequana February 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Beautiful paper that you won’t see everywhere. I really love it.

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    scrappin{jewlz} February 7, 2008 at 1:13 am #

    Beautiful papers! I do a lot of acrylic albums and am always looking for nice double sided cardstock. I would love to win some papers!


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    Allison February 7, 2008 at 2:18 am #

    Those geometrics (esp. the circles and stars) are super…it would be neat for some masculine layouts!

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    Melanie February 7, 2008 at 3:57 am #

    I have never heard of Sultane either but i love the “I dream of Flowers” range. Your layouts are gorgeous.

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    Melanie February 7, 2008 at 3:58 am #

    Sorry my email address is

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    Marlies February 7, 2008 at 4:15 am #

    These papers look wonderful. Colorful without being ‘too sweet’. And them being double sided is great!
    Thanks for pointing them out. 🙂

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    jill February 7, 2008 at 6:01 am #

    Love getting the scoop on a new to me company. The colors are perfect and look fun to work with. Double sided is a bonus!

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    Linda February 7, 2008 at 6:58 am #

    I love the layouts shown on their website. Double sided paper is so awesome to use whether making cards or scrapbooking.
    Linda Peterson

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    Debby February 7, 2008 at 7:02 am #

    I do love how you have made this line of paper really pop. You are very artistic. I’ve never heard of Sultane paper, but I certainly would like to try some of it. I don’t know if I can make it do what you did, but I would certainly give it a try. I really like the colors. Will you be at CHA?

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    Sarah February 7, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    i’m very happy you love sultane’s papers !
    Thanks very much ! And a big thanks to Julie and Craft Critique !
    Good luck !

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    Alison Molumby February 7, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    I’m a paper junkie, so I’m very excited to see and feel this stuff! I love the colors and patterns.

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    a.l. clark February 7, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    I love the coloring in this paper and the patterns are fantastic. I do love being able to use double-side paper, much more versatile.


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    Rachael February 7, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    I’ve seen Dina W. use this paper and it’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Great article and love your work as always!! 🙂

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    susanwood February 7, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Double sided, that’s a plus…I like the bright colors..and the layouts are great …thanks for the chance.


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    Patty W February 7, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    I’ve never heard of Sultane either. But I like the examples that you have posted. Love the colors and designs.

    Thanks for the chance!

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    Anonymous February 7, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Well I LOVE double sided paper so that’s a biggie for me. Would love to win and be able to try out this new paper!
    Mary Puskar

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    Shelli February 7, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Absolutely beautiful colors, and you did such a wonderful job with them! Love the layouts. Thick paper is always a plus for me- but can be hard to find. So glad this paper is available now!

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    Mandiannie February 7, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    Wow! Another paper company that has some wonderful looking paper. Never heard of it before, but it has intrigued me to check it out.

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    wendipooh13 February 7, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    I love your review of the new paper line!!! and your examples are sooo fun and fresh LOVE your style!!! can’t wait to see more from them!!! thanks for the info

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    Carrie February 7, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    I have never seen this paper in person, but from the website it looks very simple and “easy to use” in layouts! Some patterned paper is so busy/high contrast that it distracts from the photos. Not the case here. Very beautiful!

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    Carrie February 7, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    I also forgot my e-mail address – 🙂

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    Carrie February 7, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    I love what you say about the quality of the paper…that it is a heavier weight, that it will cut w/o hairy edges. I had never heard of it either and I can’t wait until it is more readily available. I LOVE that it is two sided…
    Thanks for introducing us to it.

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    Annelies February 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    I didn’t hear of Sultane before, but I like what I see. It’s a very original style of papers! The design team already made beautiful pages, and I can’t wait till I can start with them.
    scrapannelies at yahoo dot com

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    ScrapFairy February 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    i have never heard of the line befire but wowo i really like it, the colors are very sutle, not to bright. Love the star paper, so cute.

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    Linda SS February 7, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you for introducing me to Sultane and getting me excited to get my hands on some. I like that it is double-sided & weighty.

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    Cindy Vernon February 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    Wow, this paper is lovely, I like that it’s so thick and double sided.

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    Jingle February 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    This is quite different than a lot of what is out there right now! Very fun and vibrant designs! I love it! Thanks for the tip!

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    ouyangdan February 7, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    those colors are awesome! are the stars theirs too? i have a total love affair w/ stars! i like that the colors pop! all these layouts are fabulous!

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    Anita February 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    I have never seen sultane paper. But if the samples you showed are what they are like, I will definitely be going on-line to see if there’s something I need to order!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win some!

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    Cathy M February 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    This paper is new to me. The review is wonderful and just love the pages with the sultane paper. Count me in on this sweet candy.
    Thanks for a chance.

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    Angel W February 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    Love these papers!!!

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    Mary Leeson February 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Love with what you did with the monochromatic colors in “Sarah” with the Sultane paper. Would love to see where it will be sold here in the usa.

    Just found your blog…am loving it expecially since my sons LOVE the theatre and have NY in their dreams…can’t wait to show them your blog! Bless~

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    Lorie W. February 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    The papers look beautiful. Can’t wait to get some.

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    arlsmom aka Lynda February 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    I love the look of these papers, but have never actually seen the Sultane papers in person. I would love to and will continue to look for them in our LSS!
    Thank you for the review!

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    Karen Reichel February 7, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    Wow, love those layouts! Your description of the paper is wonderful! Love that it work well in the die-cutters! Thanks for sharing!

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    kathysue February 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Thanks for the introduction to an awesome looking papers. I am always looking for interesting doublesided paper to create wonderful cards.


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    NicoleL February 7, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    I have never used sultane paper before, looks good and I’d love to try it out!! Thanks for the chance!
    Nicole L.

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    CAKVD February 7, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    I’ve never heard of it before, but now I want it!!! I love the colors and the fact that I’ve never seen paper like this before….it is so unique. I gotta have it!
    Cheryl KVD

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    Katie February 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Well, I love double sided paper so that to me is a big plus. I have never heard of them before but I really like the Deco Duo…especially the stars. Thanks for sharing! Katie

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    Christy February 8, 2008 at 1:44 am #

    Oh wow — I’ve never heard of this company either and you’re right their papers are absolutely gorgeous!! I really like the colors — the previews are amazing. You know where you can find me. 😉 But here is my e-mail:

    aquarubymom AT gmail DOT com

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    Sandi February 8, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    What I am excited about is that they aren’t the “same ‘ole, same ‘ole”! They look WAY COOL, and sound like awesome quality!!! VERY exciting!!!!!!!

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    Lynn Anne February 8, 2008 at 5:23 am #

    HUMM, I think what intrigues me most is (aside from the clean-cut-edge thing!) that it’s double sided AND kinda glossy. I can’t think of another paper I have offhand that’s both!

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    StaceyM February 8, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    Well you know I love what you did with the designs on your layouts. You really did the paper justice and showcased it well!!! (as usual!) I love the subtle change of colors in the paper collections and the fact that they are double sided and heavy weight says a lot!

    Thanks for the awesome review of this new company! I would have never heard of them otherwise!

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    Stacey February 8, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    Love your layouts and that paper looks really neat! Looks a lot different than anything I have seen before.

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    mamakven February 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    great lo’s!! i love the smooth edges and prints!


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    irene February 10, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    So glad I found your site here- was googling CHA updates- and will definately be back next week. I am somewhat a newbie- and will appreciate learning about products and new updates. The Sultrane papers are devine. They have a high quality look- and the designs and colors are fanastic. Glad to hear they are heavyweight and doublesided- will be looking for them! Thanks again for the great site!

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    Scrapin'Sue February 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    I must get my hands on the “I Dream of Flowers” paper from Sultane! I love scrapping with those types of reddish-pink tones. I love heavyweight paper and if I win I will give some to Carol since she “fondles” her paper:)

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    Unazukin December 21, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    Anyone know where can I get these lovely papers from an online retailer?