If your style is classic, traditional and elegant, an engraved invitation might be the perfect fit. This week we’re showcasing a few of our favorite engraved designs from Arzberger, an invitation design and print studio that exudes traditional, southern charm.
If you aren’t familiar with the process of engraving, here’s how the pros at Arzberger describe it…
Engraving is an art which has endured for centuries because of its singular appearance and lasting impression. An engraved piece requires a metal plate that has been etched with copy or other artwork. The plate is carefully positioned in the engraving press, and the fountain is filled with ink. Before each stamping, ink is spread over the die and quickly wiped off, leaving only the etched portion filled with ink. Each piece of paper is hand-fed into the press, where it is stamped with at least 4,000 pounds of pressure from above into the plate below. The resulting image is raised and highly detailed, with a visible impression (bruise) on the back of the paper. This is considered a mark of quality, and differentiates engraving from other processes. When multiple colors are used in the artwork, the same paper must make additional passes through the press requiring exact registration at each stamping. Engraving ink, in comparison to printing ink, is dense and opaque, enabling crispness in even the tiniest details. These opaque inks work well on dark papers, giving exceptionally dramatic and distinctive results. When running your fingers across an engraved piece, the raised ink will have a matte feel.
Arzberger’s style focuses on beautiful envelope liners, fonts and papers as well as fine details including gilded and beveled edges, rounded corners and burnished crests.
Here are a few of our favorites…
Parfumerie + Opal Bevel
We love the subtle pearlized, opal edge on this traditional invitation. It has a classic, bridal feel without being over the top.
Adding a fun marble envelope liner is a great way to jazz up an invitation. We also LOVE the thick textured paper and silver edging.
Evan + Patrick
Gold edge paint compliments this ivory and navy color palette for a timeless look.
As always, happy planning!