If you're looking for a subtle image to accent your custom stationery, we recommend printing in a blind emboss like these images illustrate. Generally, we use a touch of pigment in a clear ink to help give the image a bit of shadow on the paper. The result is a beautiful bit of texture that allows your text to stand out, while giving the design a bit more depth. We don't recommend doing a blind or tinted emboss for text, as it is not reliably legible.
Our pale floral wedding invitation is one of our favorite designs as it is simple in color and yet has an intricate embossed background. To print this, we use a clear ink with just a speck of pigment to bring out the depth. Each time we print this design for a couple, we marvel at the result.
It's probably clear by now that we are big fans of designs that incorporate both elegance and a certain informality. Walker and Billy went for wedding invitations that perfectly melded these two approaches:
We really love these designs. The border is beautifully rendered in pale tinted ink and the different thicknesses set each separate card apart from the next. We also love how some of the pieces feature handwritten details that were provided by a family member: another great way to add some originality to your invitations. Neutra Caps font for the rest of the text adds a pleasant retro feel that complements the style of the border too.
We've printed a few London weddings featuring tinted letterpressed illustrations related to the British capital. So we thought we would add a new design that incorporates the New York skyline for all the Manhattan weddings we work on!
This design uses a really clear, sans serif font which perfectly complements the graphic silhouette of the NY skyline:
The use of a very pale tinted ink on the motif really intensifies the letterpress effect and makes the image appear almost like a shadow. The result is an invitation that is both classy and understated.
Once a couple have received their printed invitations, it's often time to start thinking about reception stationery. It's really nice for us to continue working with clients on their wedding programs, escort cards, menus and other pieces. We can draw out themes from the invitation to use across these items.
Our Under the Sea design with its vivid octopus motif works really well on these menus, table cards and escort cards:
We like how the wave illustration adds a slightly different look to the set.
At the other end of the spectrum, our subtle Pale Florals set allows for some really pretty additional pieces that feature blind embossing on the menu and escort card envelope:
Thinking about your reception stationery alongside your invitations is a great way to create a unified look across your whole wedding: from the anticipation of the event to the big day itself!
We designed this invitation set to represent a bouquet of flowers. Each card has a slightly different floral element which is subtly printed, using the palest of pale tinted ink.
The combination of fonts also adds an element of embellishment to the layout. And we adore how each card has a slightly different alignment for the florals.
Here's one more detail of the main invitation card which highlights the fine detail in the letterpress impression. This design can be printed in your choice of colored ink and we recommend opting for the pale silver-gray tint on the floral printing.
Last summer we printed a gorgeous wedding suite in summer green and cool gray. These two colors look lovely and fresh together and the design was accentuated with blind embossed motifs printed in the palest of pale green tint.
Here's a close-up detail of the tree illustration:
And here is a photograph of a few of the other items from the suite of cards: