I’m back at Oh So Beautiful Paper again filling in for the lovely Nole while she’s taking care of some things, and since budget is on everyone’s minds nowadays, I figured I’d give you a heads up about my newest post there. Today I’m tackling how to have beautiful invitation envelopes without breaking the bank. I’ve covered some of this on the Inspired Bride before, though it’s been a while and you might not find it unless you go digging! Check out the full post.
Image from Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings.
Great post. I am definitely with you about the fonts!
I had a question about the flower graphic and return address that’s been printed directly on the envelope. Is this screen-printed (ie. gocco?) or run through a home desktop printer?
I’ve tried running envelopes through my printer but am never completely satisfied with the image quality — it just never comes out that crisp (may have to do with the fact that most envelopes aren’t designed with proper coating for ink to properly adhere to surface?). I don’t know if your envelopes have the same issue from up close, but from the looks of the photo they do look perfect!
Thanks for any tips.
Hey SK –
Way back in the day, I actually worked at a invitation shop where we did computer calligraphy. It really does depend on the printer and the paper, I’ve found – but most higher end home printer models work well. Unfortunately, yes, a lot of papers bleed a little, which is why the wrap labels are a good option – you can use a thinner paper with less bleed and it will still look good because it’s a layer rather than the main material. On these envelopes, the flower graphic was letterpressed. The labels are a separate piece of paper that was printed on.