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. Edge in any letterpress ink color we offer, plus metallic gold, metallic silver, and metallic bronze. Custom colors are also available for an additional cost. Please note that we are unable to edge paint folded pieces, die cut pieces or 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 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.
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.
- Edge painting is most visible in medium to dark colors. You’ll see your edge painting better on our thicker 2-ply and 3-ply papers 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.
- See edge painting in action! Check out some great edge painted wedding invitations on our blog.