This is a true black cardstock with a very hardly noticeable weave texture on one side. It is a nice weight for sturdiness, for tags, or albums or cards. It has a slight sheen but not glossy. This is a great paper. I haven't had a chance to die cut with it yet but I don't forsee any problems with that.
I love this Paper. For black it's not over powering and far from being a dull black. It looks wonderful on my altered albums. For a great weight and color I would recommend this cardstock.
I was really excited to get this because I've been working on a 2012 Disney Scrapbook for over a year and was getting bored with the products I was using. It's great.