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9 Special Touches That Will Dress Up Your Stationery

An embellishment here or an adornment there—sometimes even the most unique invitations could benefit from a little something extra. Here, the most common ways to put a personal spin on your invitations.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner


What it is: A method that relies on heat to adhere foil to paper, resulting in gilded letters and shiny, metallic motifs. (Seen above!)


Use it: When you want to add a dash of glamour to your invites.


What it is: A printing method that creates a raised image on paper, sans ink.


Use it: Sparingly—it's called "blind" for a reason. While it adds a modern decorative touch to invites, the lack of color makes it hard to read anything more than a monogram or a date, so you wouldn't want to use this method for communicating all of your wedding's 411.


What it is: A paper is said to have a deckled effect when its edges are left ragged and feathery, not unlike the look of correspondence from centuries past. 


Use it: A paper with deckled edges looks very proper and quaint, and is ideally suited for formal events.


What it is: A technique in which a sharp piece of metal (called a "die") is used to slice designs into paper.


Use it: To give stationery a unique silhouette. If you want something other than the standard square or rectangle invitation, die-cut corners, for example, can add a scalloped effect around the edges.


What it is: The application of color (or foil) around the border of thick cardstock. 


Use it: To add a pop of color to stationery suites. The effect will be most visible with a highly saturated shade used on extra-thick (think 160-lb and up) cardstock.


What it is: Colored or patterned paper that is adhered to the inside of envelope flaps. 


Use it: To give your envelopes a little love—and your guests a nice surprise. A super-easy DIY, all it takes is a steady hand and a few tools (get our templates and instructions here). 


What it is: Your initials stylized into a unique design. A monogram can simply be the first letter of your last name or a grouping of letters that includes both your and his initials.  


Use it: To personalize stationery (and all paper goods) in a classic, timeless way.


What it is: A process of printing one color on top of another so that they overlap.


Use it: For a whimsical, yet modern, look.


What it is: A drop of hardened wax used to close envelopes.


Use it: To give formal stationery a nostalgic, old-world feel.

About the Author

Jaime Buerger

A senior editor at MSW, Jaime edits the planning section of the magazine and writes stories on flowers, home décor, stationery, and more. Since she started, she's learned the difference between buttercream and fondant, what the 4Cs of diamonds really measure, and how to properly address both the outer and inner envelopes of an invitation. She also eats more than her fair share of...


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