Transparent and gold invitations – Pantone’s 2018 colour prediction

As promised, today I am going to talk to you about a new wedding invitation set I have been busy working on. I’m going to cover why I used Pantone’s colour trend predictions for 2018, a new kind of printing technique (it looks great AND saves you a little bit of money as you don’t need to use foiling) and a short little guide to wax sealing.

So here is the finished product:

This design has been a long time in the making. I wanted to create something super special, with lots of fancy techniques but in an understated way. I’ve now got tonnes of new printing knowledge (I’ll talk a bit more about it below) and spent a lot of money in testing, but I think its paid off. I hope you do too.

Let’s talk about colours!

We all know Pantone’s colour for 2017 was Greenery. Well next year metallics are going to be up there, along with super vibrant colours (goodbye pastels) and “iridescent hues”.

I have always wanted to do something purely gold, but those of you who know me will know I am not a glitzy kinda gal and the idea of covering myself in tonnes of gold glitter just isn’t quite my thing. I wanted something a bit more understated. I’m a firm believer that a splash of metallic in any wedding theme instantly adds a touch of luxury.

About the design

If you have been reading my blog from the beginning, you will know that I am obsessed with textures. So that’s where this idea first started. I wanted the gold painted texture to be the hero that tied this piece together throughout the entire set with understated simple typography to pull it all through. Adding the transparent element creates an interactive feel, using the gold texture to hold under the transparent paper to be able to easily read the white typography. It’s a very tactile piece, a bit touchy, feely, I guess.

As I’m always saying, your wedding stationery is the first glimpse of what’s to come and can be followed through to your big day too, so it should be special. That’s definitely what I have tried to achieve with this collection.

The printing:

Since I launched Betty Lou Design, I have been looking for a printer who is prepared to print pantones. In stationery, the print runs just aren’t large enough to warrant the expense, so it’s safe to say I got a lot of shut downs. They just weren’t interesting in helping. Then, TA DA! I found a printer who is experimenting with digitally printing gold and white! DIGITALLY! I didn’t even know this existed.

What I found super interesting is that you can use the digital gold to even give a shimmer to a normal colour. Suddenly we are creating almost metallic pantone type colours but not having to print with a litho printer. Trust me, this is a good thing!

The best thing, is you can take a gold textured image, that usually wouldn’t print as vibrantly as you want it to and add hints of the digital gold ink to it so that it gives that pearlescent shimmer. It’s genius! I was in my element! I can’t tell you how many more ideas I have now. WATCH THIS SPACE!

The finishing touches:

I knew straight away that transparent envelopes were a MUST! The paper choices you make are so important. It can really change a design’s feel and your envelopes can do the same.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you will see I have just started using wax seals. What a beautiful way to seal your envelopes and you can even have your new married name initial as the stamp.

Everyone does wax sealing differently and it depends on the final finish you are looking for.

But here’s my little how-to guide: 

  1. Light your wax wick and allow the wax to start melting. Once the wax is more fluid tilt your wax at a 45degree angle so that wax can drip down. Any further and you won’t be able to control the flow of hot wax.
  2. Start by creating your drop in the middle and then work in a small circular motion to create your circle. Don’t make the circle too large as the wax spreads when you push the stamp down.
  3. Allow the wax to cool ever so slightly for a few seconds and then push the stamp in to your wax.
  4. Hold the stamp still for 20-30seconds and then remove. This is kind of a trial and error process so you will be able to work out what’s best for you.

Until next week

Nicki x

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