So… You’re here because the page title is “Things you should know” and you’re probably sitting there like “what do you mean “Things I should know”… what more do I need to know… I know what I like isn’t that enough? Well, yes and no. You should know what you like, but you should also know some key terms that are and will be used when discussing the design, style, and finish of your stationery. I’ve compiled a few terms that are used regularly and that are fun to know so that when discussing your design with me or another stationer everybody will understand what’s being said.
Types of Print:
The Beautiful and Original style of Printing (dates back to the 1400’s), letterpress can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. Usually printed on white or ecru paper in one or two colors (occasionally foil stamped); this timeless craft is perfectly executed by those who are well experienced and trained. To have the elegance of letterpress can be on the expensive side of custom stationery but the end result is well worth it.
Offset (Flat Printing)
Offset printing is the New-Aged upgrade to letterpress. Introduced in the 50’s, it has gone from simple monotone colors to the high end, digital color displays that you see today. Digital offset printing is best if you intend to use photographs in your stationery and with so many different paper options available, why not?
Foil stamping is when a hot metal die (usually copper) is pressed into a piece of foil that is adhered to the piece of paper. Foil stamping can be on the expensive side due to the cost of the foil and the cost of the custom made copper die that is required to print in foil. The finished product is beautiful and truly one of a kind.
Introduced in the 1700’s Engraving is when the paper itself is pressed up to a hot metal plate and the ink is inside the grooves of the plate. The end result is raised letters that you can feel and an elegant finish like none other. Due to the custom hot metal plate that is used to make the print, Engraving is the most expensive form of printing yet one of the most beautiful.
Embossing is when the paper is pressed between two hot metal plates to create a raised effect on the paper. Debossing is when an image is stamped into the paper without ink or foil so the image looks indented. For more formal occasions embossing is the way to go, but if you’re on the more modern side and like to throw convention to the wind, give debossing a look.
There are your standard invitation sizes & then there are your Custom invitation sizes. Below you’ll see a few of the more standard invitation sizes however, we do design custom sized stationery for our custom styled clients. No two weddings or events are ever the same however, envelopes come in some pretty “regular” sizes & sometimes it’s just more cost effective to have invitations that fit.
Standard sizes for Invitations:
- A7: 5″x7″
- A6: 4.5″ x 6.25″
- A2: 4.25″ x 5.5″
- Imperial: 8.25 x 6.25 (bigger looks more regal)
*Take note— if you have a custom size that you want & an envelope is not already available. Envelopes can be made just for you, be sure to ask for it when having your design consultation.
There are some common folds that you’ll come across while searching for the perfect stationery… here’s a few of them. Just so you know we also do die cutting, and custom folds/embellishments for your occasion.
- French Fold
- Half Fold (Most Common)
- Broadside (Most Common)
- Gate Fold
- Iron Cross
- Pocket Folds