Our Capabilities

Many of the bespoke projects we take on at Gilding & Beveling are either unique, or specifically tailored to the exacting standards of our customers. We are capable of combining many different print and binding processes in order to make truly memorable products.

No two days at Gilding & Beveling are the same and the sheer variety of different projects going through the workshop is a true sight to behold! With many of the bespoke projects we work on, we will often be challenged to try out certain processes on entirely new papers or stocks. It is this trial and error nature of the work we do here that results in completely unique products.

We are always keen to rise to the challenge of these new combinations and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible through traditional and modern printing and finishing.

If you are looking for something just that extra bit special, please do Contact Us with a little information about what you are after and one of our team will be in contact to discuss your inquiry in more detail.

Below, please see a full list of all of our capabilities:

Our Capabilities

Gilding & Beveling offers full design services, as well as manufacturing services. If you have a concept in mind, all you need to do to get started with us is reach out, explain your idea and provide us with the wording for your invitations and accessories. From there, we will be able to work through the design process together. Our design capabilities are further enhanced by our deep understanding of the different specialty processes involved in manufacturing totally custom invitations. Our designers don’t just design based on appearances. They also design with the manufacturing processes being used in mind so that they print perfectly.
This type of flat printing can be done in a single color or in full vibrant color. It is the most economic printing option, but there are many limitations as to what papers can be digitally printed. Digital printing can be done on text weight and writing weight paper, as well as certain thinner cardstocks. However, digital prints can be mounted to additional sheets to increase the total thickness. Digital printing can be enhanced by incorporating a specialty printing process like letterpress, foil stamping or engraving over your design for beautiful and interesting results.
Letterpress printing is done with matte pigment inks, and colors are selected via the Pantone Matching System (PMS). This allows you to choose any color you like, and to match letterpress printing to paper stocks or any other element you would like to match. Letterpress printing involves pressing a custom die into paper stock so that you can feel the depth of the impression. This printing process is very tactile. Each color will require an additional die, setup and press run so adding another color will increase the cost.
Foil Stamping is done with metallic or glossy foils and there are only a select number of colors available. This is not to say the selection is small, but it does mean that you cannot always get an exact match to a specific color. Foil stamping involves pressing a custom die that has been heated to 200-300 degrees into paper stock, acrylic or other materials so that you can feel the depth of the impression. This printing process is very tactile. Each color will require an additional die, setup and press run so adding another color will increase the cost.
Engraving, also known as die stamping or intaglio printing, is the most traditional form of printing for wedding invitations and stationery. Engraving is done with matte pigment inks, and colors are selected via the Pantone Matching System (PMS). This allows you to choose any color you like, and to match letterpress printing to paper stocks or any other element you would like to match. Engraving can also be done in select metallic colors including, but not limited to, gold, silver, copper and rose gold. Engraved printing involves applying tons of pressure to a paper stock and squeezing it into a custom die. The result is that the engraved printing is raised. This printing process is very tactile. Engraving produces the finest detail possible, making it perfect for script fonts and detailed designs. It is not well suited for heavy coverage. Each color will require an additional die, setup and press run so adding another color will increase the cost.
At Gilding & Beveling, there is no limit to the thickness of a particular paper stock. While most paper stocks come in a variety of weights, some of them only have a thickest weight of 100# cover or similar. We can mount any paper stock up to your desired thickness, up to ¼” or even thicker if you would like. It is entirely up to you. This service generally also requires that the pieces be edge painted or gilded. Alternatively, you might want to have a different paper stock on the back of a piece than you do on the front. We can mount any two paper stocks together to create this effect. Another reason why you might want to mount paper stocks together is to create a layered effect. We can mount cards to one another precisely in order to create a border when viewed from the front. Keep in mind that these are just the ideas we have come up with. If you have anything else in mind, just let us know and we are sure we can help you out.
Edge finishing is where we started our business and it is where we continue to do by far the best work in the marketplace. Other companies may offer their edge finishing services, but their work generally pales in comparison. Edge painting is done with matte pigment inks, and colors are selected via the Pantone Matching System (PMS). This allows you to choose any color you like, and to match edge painting to paper stocks, engraved printing or letterpress printing colors, or any other element you would like to match. Edge painting can also be done in select metallic colors including, but not limited to, gold, silver, copper and rose gold. Edge painting can be done on pieces with square corners or round corners. It can also be done on circles, ovals and various shapes of diecut invitations. Not all shapes are possible, so potential designs should be sent to service@gildingandbeveling.com for review while you are still in the planning phase of your project.
Edge finishing is where we started our business and it is where we continue to do by far the best work in the marketplace. Other companies may offer their edge finishing services, but their work generally pales in comparison. Edge gilding is done with gloss or metallic foils and there are only a select number of colors available. This is not to say the selection is small, but it does mean that you cannot always get an exact match to a specific color. However, edge gilding can always match foil stamping exactly. Edge gilding can be done on pieces with square corners or round corners. It can also be done on circles, ovals and certain shapes of diecut invitations. Not all shapes are possible, so potential designs should be sent to service@gildingandbeveling.com for review while you are still in the planning phase of your project.
The premier edge finishing service we offer is also our namesake. Edge beveling is done by cutting the edge of your cards at a 45 degree angle. The edges can be left with a plain bevel, but generally our edge painting or edge gilding services are applied to the newly angled edge. This allows the finish that is applied to the edge to be visible even when looking at the card directly from a frontal view. Edge painting is done with matte pigment inks, and colors are selected via the Pantone Matching System (PMS). This allows you to choose any color you like, and to match edge painting to paper stocks, engraved printing or letterpress printing colors, or any other element you would like to match. Edge painting can also be done in select metallic colors including, but not limited to, gold, silver, copper and rose gold. Edge gilding is done with gloss or metallic foils and there are only a select number of colors available. This is not to say the selection is small, but it does mean that you cannot always get an exact match to a specific color. However, edge gilding can always match foil stamping exactly. Beveled edge painting and beveled edge gilding can be done on pieces with square corners or round corners.
Diecutting is the process of cutting an exact shape out of a material. A die is made to your exact specifications and each piece that is diecut is exactly the same. There are two primary uses of diecutting. The first is to cut a card into a specific shape or to cut a shape out of a card. This can be done on either thin or very thick cards. The second is to cut and score custom envelopes. This allows to make envelopes out of materials that do not have standard envelopes available. It also allows us to make envelopes out of cardstock rather than out of text weight stock, which is what most standard envelopes are made of. Custom envelopes are a great way to really make invitations stand out in a crowd.
Using only the finest materials available, Gilding & Beveling manufactures custom folios to house your invitation suite. Whether you choose to use faux leather or Japanese silk, there are tons of options for colors as well as the composition of your folio. If you are interested in having folios made, please reach out to one of our salespeople directly at service@gildingandbeveling.com.
Envelopes can be lined with custom envelope liners that are printed with any of our printing techniques including digital printing, letterpress, foil stamping and engraving, or a combination of them. We can also line envelopes with all kinds of different specialty paper stocks. If you have an envelope liner in mind, point us in the right direction of the manufacturer and we will arrange to order them in at the correct size and weight for your project.
Once your invitations are completed, the envelopes will need to be addressed with your client’s guest addresses. Depending on the composition of the invitation, this may need to be done in any of a variety of ways. On standard envelopes, the best plan is usually to go with digital calligraphy. However, once you start moving into custom envelopes and boxes, the guest addressing can get more complicated. We are experts at coming up with elegant solutions as to how these complex packages should be addressed with compromising their beauty.