Birth Announcements

 

Gallery

We are frequently given the order information prior to the birth so that we can provide a proof. We then complete the details of the new born immediately after the birth so that the announcements can be sent out promptly.

Bows are a sweet addition to the birth announcement and are very popular. However some parents prefer to have a picture of the new baby on the announcement.

Please contact us by phone or email if you would like to discuss your birth announcements.

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Card & Paper

The three choices for you to make are the colour, weight and texture for your writing paper and correspondence cards. We have one of the largest stocks of paper and card available. The weights of the card and paper are best shown through our sample packs. It really helps to feel and see them to understand the difference between the lighter and heavier weights as well as the textures and colours.

Colour: Our most popular ranges include a variety of whites, creams, blues and greys. Each of our standard stock has matching envelopes. However we are not limited to those, as brightly coloured papers and cards are available in a myriad of hues and we have one of the largest stocks of paper and card available on site. N.B. Other than our standard stock the coloured papers and card may not have matching envelopes.

Weight: Paper and card come in different weights. A4 letterhead used for printers tends to be 100gsm or 120gsm whereas writing paper ranges from 120gsm to 160gsm. The weight of the card and paper is best shown through our sample packs.

Texture: Some paper and card come in 3 choices of texture: wove (smooth), laid (rippled) and antique(rough) as shown below. When choosing a paper or card, please try writing on it with your usual pen. Some people find laid paper rather scratchy when using a fountain pen.

Finishes:

There are 3 paper and card textures available, wove (smooth), laid (rippled) and antique(rough) as shown below.

This is wove (smooth)

This is wove (smooth)

This is laid (rippled)

This is laid (rippled)

This is an antique (rough) finish

This is an antique (rough) finish


Ink Colour

We have some standard ink colours that are illustrated below. Bear in mind that computers do distort colour so we are happy to send you a colour chart for you to see them clearly .  We can also print any colour from a Pantone reference number and we will always try to obtain a good match of a colour you may want.  Please note that as inks are fairly transparent, colours will appear darker on darker surfaces. Thermographic embossing also (marginally) darkens ink colours.

Airforce Blue

Black

Bottle Green

Burgundy

Cossack Red

Deep Blue

Grey

Pink

Red

Royal Blue

Sepia

Violet


Print Method

Engraving and Die Stamping

engraved wedding invitationsengraving copper plate

Engraving is the process by which text or an image is first etched by machine or hand onto a copper or steel die. This die is then used to stamp the sheet, pushing the surface of the paper or card up, creating a raised image to the front. Intense pressure is used simultaneously with the application of ink, creating a raised image or text in the chosen ink colour.

This historical printing process was the first method used to create a raised image, and now has largely been replaced by thermography. However, due to the pressure used in the process of die-stamping (over a ton per square inch) fine lines are more genuinely reproduced than by thermography, so die stamping is often considered superior. The necessity of a metal die makes small runs relatively expensive compared with thermography. There is a varying visible indentation to the back of the sheet depending on the stock and machine minder.

Although dies are seldom made by hand anymore, Gee Brothers is one of a few remaining specialist printers offering a hand-engraving service for wedding invitations.

Damage of Die-Stamping
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Lithography / litho / offset Printing

flat printing press - GTO
Ink

Gee Brothers offers full lithographic print services using a variety of press sizes.

Lithography is the method used in most fine printing today. It creates a cleaner image than any other method of printing and the process that has enabled fine art to be reproduced authentically in full colour. It is based on the principle that oil does not mix with water, and the minimum of water, pressure and ink will create a perfect image. A plate has to be made for each colour used. These used to be metal, but to a large extent, these have been replaced by synthetic ones.

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Thermography (embossing)

Thermography

Thermography was created as an economical alternative to die stamping/engraving where the printed area is raised from the printed sheet. The thermography process is an add-on to lithography or letterpress and does not involve making a die. While the ink is still wet, a resin is applied to the printed sheet. The resin is then removed except where it has adhered to the wet ink. The sheet is then heated for a crucial period which is just enough to soften the resin without it melting over the edges of the image, although it always does to some extent. The finished result can be almost as good as die stamping to the tutored eye, and just as good to the untutored. Since there is no pressure exerted to the back of the sheet, there is no noticeable mark here.

Our thermography differs to other printers’; as we are always trying to emulate the fineness of die stamping. We encourage you to request a sample from us to discover just how good a result we are able to achieve.

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Foiling or block foiling

Foiling PressFoiling

Foiling is used to create an opaque image to a sheet, and is usually associated with metallic finishes, as gold and silver inks are never truly shiny or metallic in appearance, whereas foil creates a real metallic effect. A die is made from either your ready-to-print artwork or that created by Gee Brothers. Using heat and pressure, the die applies the foil to the card or paper, and depending on how much pressure is used, can result in the image being debossed, depending on the stock used. In some cases you might expect to see a pressure mark on the reverse side of the sheet.

Foiling Die

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Letterpress

letterpress

Create depth and texture with letterpress printing. For the very best results ask for our soft-finish card by G.F. Smith, available in a range of stocked card colours. This type of card lends itself extremely well to the letterpress process as it allows for the pressure mark (debossing) that has become so popular.

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A history of letterpress

Letterpress was the very first method of printing, first used in this country by William Caxton in 15th Century. Lead type of varying sizes would be painstakingly lined up within a chase, letter by letter. Thankfully, computer-to-plate technology now allows us to make a die from almost any artwork. Traditionally, perfect letterpress printing would have been made using as little pressure as possible to create a perfectly flat image to either side of the sheet. Nowadays, a debossing effect to the printed area is in high demand.

Frequently used terms

Press - lithography

Offset

Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred or “offset” from a plate to a blanket, then to the printing surface (paper or card). When used in combination with the lithographic process described above, the offset technique employs a flat image carrier (printing plate) on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film, keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

Ink

Spot colour

In offset printing, a spot colour is any colour generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. Printers worldwide use the term spot colour to mean any colour generated by a non-standard offset ink; such as metallic, fluorescent, varnish, or custom hand-mixed colours (Pantone for example).

Pantone Book

Pantone® (Pantone Colour Matching System or PMS)

The Pantone Colour Matching System is a standardized colour reproduction system created by Pantone®. By standardizing the colours, printers and designers in different locations can all refer to the same colours, without direct contact with one another. The Pantone system also allows for special colours to be produced, such as metallics and fluorescents.

CMYK

Full colour

Full-colour printing is the reproduction of an image or text in colour. For example, any colour photograph can be printed out of four basic colours – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. By layering these colours using precise registration, the layers of colour make up the final finished result.


Adornments

Blind Embossing

Blind Embossing
Blind embossing is the process by which text or an image is stamped using a metal die, pushing the surface of the paper or card up, creating a raised image to the front. Although very similar to engraving/die-stamping the blind-embossing process is done without any ink. This way of embossing is popular on wedding stationery and is often used to emboss the initials to the cover of wedding invitations, menus and service sheets. It can be applied to almost any type of stationery. To discuss your ideas please contact us.

Borders

borders
Adding a border to your invitation or stationery will add a coloured frame to enhance the printing.

Edging including gilding

Gilding

Strictly speaking, gilding is the addition of gold foil to the side edge of a piece of paper or card. The thicker the stock, the more the gilt edge is noticeable when the sheets are separated. A bevelled edge gives maximum effect. As well as the traditional gold and silver, different colour metallic and non-metallic foils can be used.

Gilding

Colour edging

This can be done in any Pantone® colour. Please contact us for a quotation.

Stock Items

We stock a range of pre-edged cards in gold and silver.

Motifs

motifs
We can print or foil a motif if you want to add something to the top of your paper or invitation that is specific to you.

Panel Sinking

panel-sinking
This gives a subtle and stylish border to your invitation or card.


Finishes

Calligraphy

We have specialist calligraphers who can write the names on the invitations, placements and escort cards in beautiful script handwriting. This gives an elegant finish to your stationery.

Traditional Calligraphy Styles

Modern Calligraphy Styles

Envelope Tissue Lining (Hand finished)

Tissue Lined Envelopes

We can line envelopes with coloured tissue or paper to match your invitation or ink colour. This is done by hand. We can line any type of envelope, although the diamond-flap sort lends itself well to lining, as the opening is wide, giving the best visibility of the lining material. We have a wide range of coloured tissue to choose from.

Provide your own lining material

If you wish to provide your own tissue or paper for envelope lining, please contact us.

Italian Bordering

Italian Bordering

Italian bordering came about to add a very fine “coloured” edge to the top surface of a piece of paper or card. As guillotining is not an accurate process, cutting through a printed border precisely to achieve a border of about a millimetre, especially on thick card, is a real challenge, and you run the risk of ruining the order. Adding a border by hand skilfully is a way round this. It is not perfect either, but really enhances the look of a job.

We can now italian-border in any Pantone colour. Please visit us to view our Pantone swatch.

Ribbon Tying

Ribbon Tying

Our expert finishers can hand-tie from a wide selection of ribbon colours and textures. View our standard selection of stocked ribbon colours available in 10mm double-faced polyester “satin”. If you’d prefer to provide your own ribbon for tying, please contact us.


Envelopes

Envelopes are either thicker with a gummed diamond flap or those that are ‘peel and seal’. The wedding and party invitation stationery is always accompanied by gummed diamond flap envelopes. Our envelopes match the colours of the paper and card we have in stock. Envelopes can of course be made to your requirements but can be expensive.

We can line envelopes with coloured tissue to match your invitation colour. This is done by hand. We can line any type of envelope, although the diamond-flap sort lends itself well to lining, as the opening is wide, giving the best visibility of the lining material. We have a wide range of coloured tissue to choose from however you may wish to provide your own tissue or paper for envelope lining.bespoke-envelopes-with-tissue-lining

Envelopes

Enclosure types

Diamond flapDiamond flap
Straight flapPeel & Seal