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Announce Your Special Event With Elegance

Metallic Save-the-Date Cards for weddings and other special occasions are an eye-catching way to announce your special day. A memorable event deserves a memorable announcement, and metallic printing creates a colorful shine that stands out in a beautiful way.

These premium save-the-date cards have a shimmering touch of elegance and can be sent months in advance—ahead of invitations. Give guests plenty of advance notice to block off their calendars and make any necessary travel plans. They’ll appreciate the heads up!

Dazzle With Colors That Shine

When printing metallic save-the-date cards, silver foil is layered beneath any CMYK color to make it glimmer. Imagine adding colorful shine to the words or artwork on your save-the-date. It’s instantly eye-catching.

You can use multiple colors in foil and even add gradients. Spot UV coating is another option that makes your artwork stand out even more. It draws focus to any part of your design with a high gloss coat.

Great for Any Special Occasion

Save the date cards aren’t just for weddings. If you’re planning any event that requires guests to travel, metallic save-the-date cards really pop out:

  • Anniversaries
  • Baby showers
  • Birthdays
  • Company or product launches
  • Corporate parties
  • Engagements
  • Graduations

Sending save-the-date cards isn’t a replacement for formal invitations, which should be sent about 6 weeks before the event. Don’t forget!

Q & A

When should I send save-the-date cards?

As a general rule of thumb, the more people traveling, the longer the advance notice. If your event is local with some guests traveling from out of town, mailing 4 to 6 months in advance is appropriate. If your event involves the entire guest list to travel, like a destination wedding, sending save-the-dates 9 to 12 months in advance is a good choice.

What’s “printing turnaround”?

“Printing turnaround” is the number of days we need to produce your order. We can print metallic save-the-date cards in 6 business days.

When will my order arrive?

To find out when your custom save-the-dates will arrive, type your ZIP code after selecting “Estimate Shipping Cost and Delivery Date” in our online calculator.

Metallic Printing File Preparation Guidelines

What should I keep in mind while creating the metallic design?

Use these design guidelines to create an effective metallic design:

  • Font size should be above 12 points.
  • Use Sans Serif fonts for readability.
  • The metallic shine is most evident in lighter colors. It will be less obvious in darker colors.
  • The mask and CMYK design file should match one another. Make sure each layer’s respective elements align with the other version of the design.

How should I prepare my file for metallic printing?

You need to submit a file with two layers. For metallic printing orders: the standard CMYK layer and the silver foil mask layer.

The mask layer should show where the metallic printing will be applied. Mark the metallic area with 100% K or black and then render the non-metallic parts in white.

For example, the images below show that the logo in black will be metallic, while the white background is the non-metallic section.

A normal CMYK layer


A layer for silver foil


The final printed product

Spot UV File Preparation Guidelines

What are the best design practices for spot UV printing?

  • Limit the text’s font size to a minimum of 7 or 8 points.
  • Border and stroke should be above 1.5 points.
  • Place a 1/16” gap between spot UV and metallic or foil printing areas. The spot UV areas cannot overlap with the metallic or foil printing sections.

How should I prepare my file for spot UV printing?

Your regular color file should come with a spot UV template layer that shows where to apply the spot UV printing.

Apply 100% K to the section that will have spot UV.

Color all other areas without spot UV as white.

A normal CMYK layer


A layer for spot UV


The final printed product
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