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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.

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FOIL STAMPING 

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.

BLIND EMBOSSING

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.

DECKLED EDGES

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.

DIE-CUTTING

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.

EDGE PAINTING / FOIL EDGING

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.

LINERS

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). 

MONOGRAM

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.

OVERPRINTING

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.

WAX SEALS

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

 

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

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