A little more information on the different printing techniques you can have:
Engraving Engraving is when letters and designs are cut or etched into a copper plate. The plate is then inked. The paper is forced against the plate with tremendous pressure, drawing the ink from the depressed areas. This produces the characteristic indented or bruised impression on the back of the paper.
Choose this option if you'd like your invitation to be formal, traditional and you have a slightly higher budget.
Thermo Print Thermo printing is when freshly printed inks are dusted with a powder compound. After the excess powder on the non-printing areas is removed by vacuum, the sheet passes under a heater, which fuses the ink and powdered compound. The printing swells or raises to simulate the look of engraving.
Choose this option if you'd like your invitation to be formal, with raised ink and you have a normal budget.
Lithography (Flat Print) Flat printing is technically known as Offset/Lithography and involves printing directly onto the page in spot colours or full colour printing. It is recognised by clean edges and smooth print.
Choose this option if you'd like your invitation to be more modern, with lots of colour and you have a more modest budget.
Blind Embossing Blind Embossing is similar to the Engraving process, but without ink. The plate is pressed into the paper creating a raised look to the text or design. As blind embossing requires thicker lines to produce a clear impression in the paper.
Choose this option for monograms, motifs and front covers and you have a slightly higher budget.
Foiling A brass plate is made up for this job and makes a great keepsake for the bridge and groom. It is pressed down onto foil over card with great pressure leaving a bebossed design in foil. Foils come in many colours; metallic and matt.
Choose this option if you'd like your invitation to be modern, fun and you have a normal-high budget.
Choosing the right typeface for your stationery is important as it says something about the person you are. We offer a wide range to choose from whether you are looking for something elegant and simple, classic and traditional, cool and quirky or contemporary.
Anyone who is familiar with choosing a paint colour for their walls will understand that there are thousands of ink colours to choose from and this is the same for stationery. These are of course available to you but to make it simple, there is a smaller range of colours shown here that are very popular.
Papers and Cards
Harmsworth Fine Stationery has its own signature boards which are of the finest quality in the classic white or cream. For those of you wanting the more contemporary look, there is a bright and colourful range to choose from that come in various weights with optional finishes.
Please do get in touch here if you have a specific colour in mind for either your ink or card type.
Envelope tissue linings
Accessorise your wedding invitations with our beautiful envelope tissue linings to add that special touch. There is a wide range available from the romantic soft colours to the jazzy bright ones! There are many options available if you wish to have something different, please enquire.
Motifs and Monograms
A motif is often sourced especially for the client to ensure it is original and personal to them. However we offer many designs from our albums that are popular and expanding all the time.
Monograms are the joining of two or more letters. This can either be used for an individual’s initials or the combination of a couple’s initials. It forms a unique symbol for stationery and if used on a wedding Invitation, it can form the theme for your wedding set.
The Harmsworth Fine Stationery Calligraphy Service is very popular for those who feel they need a professional hand. Whether it is to address wedding envelopes, name the invitations or a one-off piece that someone needs for a loved-one.