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
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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: edge gilding 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, edge gilding is perhaps the ultimate print-finishing technique. We use edge gilding for a variety of applications such as playing cards, pads, business cards and invitations.

Design Considerations

Edge gilding is at its most effective when it’s at its most visible: 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 Edge Gilding service for your next project get in contact with us today to discuss what we can do for you.