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We have printed traditional ‘at Homes’ for many years. However we now print all colour and style of invitations for the party you wish to throw. We can print the look for any season of the year and evoke an image of the type of party.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss your invitations and request samples.
The three choices for you to make are the colour, weight and texture for your writing paper and correspondence cards. We have one of the largest stocks of paper and card available. The weights of the card and paper are best shown through our sample packs. It really helps to feel and see them to understand the difference between the lighter and heavier weights as well as the textures and colours.
Colour: Our most popular ranges include a variety of whites, creams, blues and greys. Each of our standard stock has matching envelopes. However we are not limited to those, as brightly coloured papers and cards are available in a myriad of hues and we have one of the largest stocks of paper and card available on site. N.B. Other than our standard stock the coloured papers and card may not have matching envelopes.
Weight: Paper and card come in different weights. A4 letterhead used for printers tends to be 100gsm or 120gsm whereas writing paper ranges from 120gsm to 160gsm. The weight of the card and paper is best shown through our sample packs.
Texture: Some paper and card come in 3 choices of texture: wove (smooth), laid (rippled) and antique(rough) as shown below. When choosing a paper or card, please try writing on it with your usual pen. Some people find laid paper rather scratchy when using a fountain pen.
There are 3 paper and card textures available, wove (smooth), laid (rippled) and antique(rough) as shown below.
Envelopes are either thicker with a gummed diamond flap or those that are ‘peel and seal’. The wedding and party invitation stationery is always accompanied by gummed diamond flap envelopes. Our envelopes match the colours of the paper and card we have in stock. Envelopes can of course be made to your requirements but can be expensive.
We can line envelopes with coloured tissue or paper to match your invitation card or ink colour. This is done by hand. We can line any type of envelope, although the diamond-flap sort lends itself well to lining, as the opening is wide, giving the best visibility of the lining material. We have a wide range of coloured tissue to choose from however you may wish to provide your own tissue or paper for envelope lining.
Envelope Tissue Lining
We can line envelopes with coloured tissue or paper to match your invitation or ink colour. This is done by hand. We can line any type of envelope, although the diamond-flap sort lends itself well to lining, as the opening is wide, giving the best visibility of the lining material. We have a wide range of coloured tissue to choose from.
Our expert finishers can hand-tie from a wide selection of ribbon colours and textures. View our standard selection of stocked ribbon colours available in 10mm double-faced polyester “satin”. If you’d prefer to provide your own ribbon for tying, please contact us.
We have specialist calligraphers who can write the names on the invitations, placements and escort cards in beautiful script handwriting. This gives an elegant finish to your stationery.
Edging including gilding
Strictly speaking, gilding is the addition of gold foil to the side edge of a piece of paper or card. The thicker the stock, the more the gilt edge is noticeable when the sheets are separated. A bevelled edge gives maximum effect. As well as the traditional gold and silver, different colour metallic and non-metallic foils can be used.
This can be done in any Pantone® colour. Please contact us for a quotation.
We have some standard ink colours that are illustrated below. Bear in mind that computers do distort colour so we are happy to send you a colour chart for you to see them clearly . We can also print any colour from a Pantone reference number and we will always try to obtain a good match of a colour you may want. Please note that as inks are fairly transparent, colours will appear darker on darker surfaces. Thermographic embossing also (marginally) darkens ink colours.
Engraving is the process by which text or an image is first etched by machine or hand onto a copper or steel die. This die is then used to stamp the sheet, pushing the surface of the paper or card up, creating a raised image to the front. Intense pressure is used simultaneously with the application of ink, creating a raised image or text in the chosen ink colour.
This historical printing process was the first method used to create a raised image, and now has largely been replaced by thermography. However, due to the pressure used in the process of die-stamping (over a ton per square inch) fine lines are more genuinely reproduced than by thermography, so die stamping is often considered superior. The necessity of a metal die makes small runs relatively expensive compared with thermography. There is a varying visible indentation to the back of the sheet depending on the stock and machine minder.
Although dies are seldom made by hand anymore, Gee Brothers is one of a few remaining specialist printers offering a hand-engraving service for wedding invitations.
Lithography is the method used in most fine printing today. It creates a cleaner image than any other method of printing and the process that has enabled fine art to be reproduced authentically in full colour. It is based on the principle that oil does not mix with water, and the minimum of water, pressure and ink will create a perfect image. A plate has to be made for each colour used. These used to be metal, but to a large extent, these have been replaced by synthetic ones.
Created as an economical alternative to die stamping/engraving where the printed area is raised from the printed sheet. The thermography process is an add-on to lithography or letterpress and does not involve making a die. While the ink is still wet, a resin is applied to the printed sheet. The resin is then removed except where it has adhered to the wet ink. The sheet is then heated for a crucial period which is just enough to soften the resin without it melting over the edges of the image, although it always does to some extent. The finished result can be almost as good as die stamping to the tutored eye, and just as good to the untutored. Since there is no pressure exerted to the back of the sheet, there is no noticeable mark here.
Our thermography differs to other printers’; as we are always trying to emulate the fineness of die stamping. We encourage you to request a sample from us to discover just how good a result we are able to achieve.
Create depth and texture with letterpress printing. For the very best results ask for our soft-finish card by G.F. Smith, available in a range of stocked card colours. This type of card lends itself extremely well to the letterpress process as it allows for the pressure mark (debossing) that has become so popular.
Foiling or block foiling
Foiling is used to create an opaque image to a sheet, and is usually associated with metallic finishes, as gold and silver inks are never truly shiny or metallic in appearance, whereas foil creates a real metallic effect. A die is made from either your ready-to-print artwork or that created by Gee Brothers. Using heat and pressure, the die applies the foil to the card or paper, and depending on how much pressure is used, can result in the image being debossed, depending on the stock used. In some cases you might expect to see a pressure mark on the reverse side of the sheet.
Blind embossing is the process by which text or an image is stamped using a metal die, pushing the surface of the paper or card up, creating a raised image to the front. Although very similar to engraving/die-stamping the blind-embossing process is done without any ink. This way of embossing is popular on wedding stationery and is often used to emboss the initials to the cover of wedding invitations, menus and service sheets. It can be applied to almost any type of stationery.