Foil printing is very popular and is the way to go if you want to add a touch of glamour to your invitations, note cards, business cards, or other printed materials.
So what are the options for foil printing? There are some different types of foil printing and colors to choose from.
Foil stamping is a process that uses a sheet of metallic foil that is applied to the surface of the paper using a hot stamping machine. The design is etched into a metal die which is heated and presses the foil into the surface of the paper, bonding the foil to the paper.
Foils for the stamping process come in a range of colors with the standards being gold, silver and copper. You can also special order other metals such as rose gold or red.
Because of the process of the custom made die, stamped foil is a more expensive option than digital foil.
Digital foil uses digital printing, eliminating the need for creating a metal die. The design is printed digitally using a polymer clear coat and the foil is applied. The result is a shiny look similar to the stamped foil, but with a slightly raised texture and a soft touch coating on the paper. Currently, we only offer gold and silver with digital foil.
Colored papers can be used with both types of foil application. To achieve a clean and accurate print, we recommend printing on a smooth surface paper as opposed to a textured paper stock for both foil processes.
Wedding invitations by NooneyArt Designs, all illustrations by Wendy Nooney.
When you spend money on a beautiful invitation suite, there are some factors you should consider before mailing that can save you time and money, and could also save your invitations from being damaged.
Hand Canceling Postage
If you have square or bulky envelopes, you should ask to have your invitations hand cancelled. This means that a postal worker will actually hand stamp your envelope postage rather than running it through a machine and risk it being wrinkled, smudged or torn. Some post offices will allow you to hand cancel your own invitations. Check with your local post office to see if they charge an additional fee for hand cancelling as it varies from location to location.
Before purchasing stamps for your invitations, you should check the weight with your local post office. They will usually charge more for envelopes that are rigid, bulky or square.
The US Postal Service offers stamps in a variety of designs that would be appropriate for weddings, but there are also other options for your postage that can add a little extra flair to your invitations. Websites such as PhotoStamps.com allow you to upload your own images to create custom postage to match your invitation design or theme.
Using vintage stamps is another creative way of dressing up your envelopes. Unused stamps never lose their value and there are so many different themes you can choose from, but there are some things to consider when using vintage postage. You will need to make sure that you have the appropriate amount of postage to send the invitation. Since the postage rate will most likely require multiple stamps on one envelope, you will need to plan the space and make sure the stamps do not cover up the address information. There are many places online to find vintage stamps, but you need to make sure that the stamps have not been previously used or they won't be accepted by the post office.
We hope these helpful tips will help to make your invitation mailing go smoothly!
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