Luxury Invitation Touches 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Painted Edges, Thick Soft Paper and Letterpress

When you’re searching for luxury invitations and just haven’t found one with the right touch of color, consider painting the edges of the paper. It’s done by hand by people who love stationery and creating those unique touches. The process is simple, but tricky. All you need is an ink roller and a steady hand. No machinery required. Although, if you want silver or gold foil leaf on your edges, it may get a little more complicated.

Green invitation edge paintingWater Color Technique with Letterpress Text and Green Painted Edge
Creating water color designs on thick cotton paper has improved thanks to innovations in digital printing on thicker papers. These invitations were printed digitally from the original design, with the addition of letterpressed text and a dark green paper backer. The painted edge in a fresh spring green was the final touch. The goal was to create a whimsical water color invitation based on a children’s book set in a garden.

Coral edge paintingCoral Painted Edge Stationery
A wedding invitation created with antique gold ink script font and a touch of color added to the edge. When you want a hint of pink but not too much!

Gold edge paintingGold Painted Edge Stationery
For this luxury wedding invitation we created for a ceremony held in Rome, Italy, the couple wanted something as lavish as their event. We used museum board (4-ply museum board-it’s twice as thick as the 220LB paper) and created a dimpled texture with a letterpress. The invitation was topped off with a copper foil stamp with a custom crest with the couple’s initials.

Red edge paintingRed Ink Stationery Edge
This invitation was inspired by a wine bottle and a red, white and black wedding theme. The red painted edge gave it the touch it needed to pull the invitation set together, and was tied together in the end with a deep red belly band.

Silver foil edge gildingSilver Foil Gilded Edge
Why stop at a regular painted edge when you can have actual shiny foil gleaming at the edge of your invitation? This beauty was done in shiny silver foil, but foil options come in many colors, from gold to blue to fuschia!

Lilac edge paintingLilac Painted Stationery Edge

Hot pink edge paintingHot Pink Stationery Edge

Painted edges can add $175+ to the price of average wedding invitation set per piece. For a perfectly elegant luxury wedding invitation, consider using a nice calligraphy font printed in letterpress on a formal size invitation of (6X9) and for a touch of color, paint the edges. For something truly special, carry that theme throughout the set and paint the edges of the RSVP card and all the other inserts. To go over the top, you can use the painted edge color as the envelope liner or use the same color as the RSVP return envelope.

To create your own painted edge invitation set, contact us and one of our designers will be happy to discuss a project with you.

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