Edge Gilding

A most luxurious print finishing technique, edge-gilding is the application of a metal leaf or foil to the edge of a paper-based item.

edge gilding example
rose uniacke custom playing cards gold and silver
Gilt Edged Business Cards
edge gilding example
rose uniacke custom playing cards gold and silver
Gilt Edged Business Cards for Jewellery Designer Annie Mackay
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The Height of Luxury

The origin of edge gilding is in book binding. The edges of the most precious books had gold leaf applied, partly for aesthetic and partly for practical reasons. The aesthetics are clear to see: it looks amazing and impresses upon the reader that they are handling something that is very precious.

Perhaps less known are the practical reasons. The thin layer of metal sealed the edges of the paper, protecting the page edges, making them impervious to damp and dust.

Still rightly associated with luxury, gilding is perhaps the ultimate print-finishing technique. We use it for a variety of applications such as business cards, playing cards, pads and wedding invitations.

Edge Gilding for Business Cards

We can make your business cards extra special with gilding. By selecting the right artboard and combining it with one of the other creative finishes we offer – like hot foiling or embossing and debossing – your business cards will truly have the “WOW” factor and really make an impact that will be remembered with prospective clients and customers alike.

Design Considerations

Edge gilding is at its most effective when it’s at its most visible: business cards, pads, playing cards and book edges being good examples. It can also give good visual impact on individual cards such as invitations and the thicker the card stock, the more visible it will be.

We recommend card stock of no less than 1000 microns for individual cards.

If you would like to use our gilding service for your next project get in contact with us today to discuss what we can do for you.