// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // The Art of Engraving

Timeless. Elegant. Hand Crafted; three attributes of engraving. An engraved wedding invitation is a piece of art in and of itself. When an engraved invitation arrives in the mail, it delivers with it a sense of timelessness, elegance and hand craftsmanship. Just as the design has been etched into a copper plate, the impression the invitation gives is etched in the mind of your guests.

Engraving has been around for centuries. The method has withstood the test of time because of the crispness and detail it gives to paper. The process begins when a design is etched into a metal plate (often copper). Ink is poured over the plate and quickly wiped off. Thus only  the ink is left behind in the etching of the plate. The paper is hand fed through the press and 4,000 pounds of pressure are applied from beneath. The paper is forced into the lines of the design and the raised ink is left on the paper. A beautifully intricate image is revealed.

Each invitation is individually fed through the press. The backside of an engraved invitation has a small indention, or bruise, that is left over from the pressure applied. The bruising, a hallmark of engraving, is like the fingerprint of an artist left on an original painting. Sometimes a subtle halo surrounds the image on the front side, particularly when using dark papers. But there is no other print process that will give you the same crispness and boldness that engraving will give. Engraving and letterpress, a similar method, are the only methods that can be used on thicker card stock that cannot go through a modern printer.

 At If It’s Paper, we proudly represent several companies that have a rich engraving history including Arzberger, Crane and William Arthur. Their attention to detail rivals our passion for paper, paper that is as wonderful to receive as it is to send.