The designs in our Social Stationery Gallery have all been created utilizing our Custom Design Elements. As part of our Custom Wedding Portfolio, the Custom Design Elements offer an endless collection of motifs, ink colors, unique typefaces and extraordinary embellishments that can be used outside the confines of wedding stationery. Working with one of exclusive retailers and selecting your favorite design elements a la carte, you can create a gorgeous Dauphine Press stationery wardrobe that you can use every day…one that is every bit as special as your wedding suite.
Our Custom Social Stationery gallery includes announcement cards, such as baby and moving announcements, invitations for social events like birthdays and showers and calling cards. Use our seamless custom design process to pair your favorite print techniques like letterpress printing or foil stamping with our distinct embellishments, which include exclusive envelope liners, duplexed papers and even edge painting. We make it easy for you to create a piece worth celebrating every day.
The Custom Wedding Portfolio Design Library encompasses a carefully curated assortment of design elements chosen by our award-winning designers so you can create the wedding stationery of your dreams. The Design Library is a tool for inspiration, presenting countless options from ink colors, motifs and embellishments like foil, painted edges, pocket folds and exclusive envelope liners. From your choices, our designers will create a peerless invitation unique to your vision.
Letterpress printing gives a beautiful, three-dimensional impression in paper unsurpassed by any other print method. In letterpress printing we ink a raised surface that is pressed into soft cotton paper. The amount of impression can be varied, though we normally use a great deal of impression when printing wedding invitations and special announcements. Our printing is done on 50-year-old printing presses — subtle irregularities are inherent in the process. No two pieces are entirely identical, and letterpress printing is not an exact science. Subtle variations in inking, color, impression and position are to be expected.
Foil stamping adds an exquisite sparkle to any invitation suite. The designs in our albums featuring foil stamping are available only in the sizes and foil placement combinations shown. However, you may change the variable content as needed to create a custom design (i.e. a response card with foil can be converted in to an announcement or save the date of that same size). The letterpress + foil pricing grids are based on the designs shown in our albums. For custom sizes and designs not shown in the album, please contact an exclusive retailer for a quote.
Painted edges are available for any card printed on our premium letterpress paper, with or without rounded corners. We recommend 236 lb. cover premium letterpress paper for best results. All jobs that have painted edges will be shipped with a complimentary protective tissue insert to protect edging from offsetting onto other printed pieces during mailing. Please note that edge painting is a hand-applied process and is subject to slight variations in ink color.
This process requires a medium to heavy line weight or graphic to create a distinctive impression. Please avoid designs with fine details for blind letterpress. Contact an exclusive retailer if you would like to know whether or not a graphic will reproduce well using blind letterpress. Pricing a design with a blind hit is easy -- it's just like a second press run! For example, if you are looking at a design with black plus a blind hit, you just look at 2-color letterpress pricing.
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