Perplexed about Printing?

Every day, we see brides-to-be who are on the verge of tears, because they've spent hours on their own trying to figure out what printing technique to use in printing their wedding invitations.

Is this you, too? If it is, we're here to help! Dreaming up your wedding invitation should be fun, not something to cry over.

With all the different ways to get a beautiful design onto paper, this can get confusing pretty quick, so that's why we've written up a guide for the different techniques available to you through Ann Elizabeth, and hopefully dry some tears (or avoid them all-together!) in the process.

Before we get to specifics, let's talk about a couple common mixups about printing that we clear up for folks all the time:

  • Many people see an image or text that looks "3D" and call it "Embossing." They don't know that there are many ways to achieve that effect-- some more budget-friendly than others. See the "Raised" table to see the difference between these options and how the look is achieved.
  • Most of our clients think that 8.5x11 is pretty much the only size of paper. Little do they know that most bulk printing is done on much larger sheets of paper that are then cut to size.
  • Many brides-to-be get anxiety over choosing ink colors, but luckily we have a solution! Thanks to the Pantone Matching System, you can flip through the Pantone Swatch Book, point to the exact color you've envisioned, and know that your ink will look just like what's in the book. Say "goodbye" to sweating over whether or not your green invitation will come out looking more like puke or the gorgeous tone of olive you planned on.

The tables below explain the basics of common printing techniques for wedding invitations. You'll find 3 sections of the table, organized by the "look" you're going for in your invitations: Raised, Impressed, or Flat.


So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed this post, and that we have shown your "wedding printing woes" the door.


Here's today's pinnable:


A Look We Love: On the edge with EDGE PAINTING!

First, I just have to say- I love doing these posts! Maybe it's because in preparing for them, I get to "revel in my print nerdery" and gawk at so many fabulous printed pieces. Today's topic is nothing short of that, too.

Now, if you're sitting here asking yourself, "What in the world is 'edge painting?"-- Don't worry! You're not alone, and I'm delighted to fill you in. Edge Painting is a technique where color is applied to the thinnest edges of paper to add visual interest. Folks have been known to do bold (or not so bold- both fantastic) pops of any color, metallic, or foil (which is actually called Foil Edging). Bella Figura has a post where they help you figure out which of those techniques is best for you. Check that out here. In a moment you'll see for yourself just how much oompf this adds to any printed piece. Love, love, LOVE it!

If you're interested in learning about how a printer goes about edge painting, Oh So Beautiful Paper has a great post about it. Read that here.

If you're not wanting details, just the goods, wait no longer! Enjoy for yourself the following potpourri of edge painted wonders: