Edge painting has a rich history—for centuries, master bookbinders gilded the edges of books with gold, to show a richness. Today, we hand-paint the outside edges of our cotton paper to highlight an existing color in your letterpress invitations or to introduce an entirely new color. Think subdued invitation with neon edging, or black letterpress with classic gold edging (wow). Edge in any letterpress ink color we offer, plus metallic gold, metallic silver, and metallic bronze. There is an additional charge for this customization. Custom colors are also available for an additional cost. Please note that we are unable to edge paint folded pieces and our coasters.
Foil edging gives a wonderfully smooth, radiant, shiny, luscious, reflective, awe-inspiring (should we go on?) surface to the edges of important pieces in your wedding suite. You can choose your foil edging from any of our foil stamping colors below. We can edge your letterpress invitations in gold or silver, but we can also do hot pink! Greens! Coppers! Blues! We can foil edge anything except folded pieces, die-cut pieces and coasters. Foil edging is more expensive than edge painting, but we’re kind of obsessed with it right now and think it’s well worth it. There is an additional cost for this customization.
Design tips for edge painting & foil edging
- The difference between edge painting and foil edging. We do offer edge painting in metallic gold, metallic silver, and metallic bronze. This edge painting has a little shimmer to it, but it’s still somewhat subdued and rather matte. If you are looking for something more dramatic, with a shiny metallic gleam to it, consider foil edging. Keep in mind that foil edging is more expensive than edge painting.
- Edge painting is most visible in medium to dark colors. You’ll see your edge painting better on our thicker 2-ply paper versus our 1-ply paper.
- Adding an edge is a great way to introduce a new color: add a 2nd (or 3rd! or 4th!) color to your invitation set by including a new hue on the edges of your invitations and other cards. If you’re trying to keep overall costs down, adding an edge to a 1-color invitation is a great embellishment option.
- See edge painting in action! Check out some great edge painted wedding invitations on our blog.