Class Library Invitations 101: Folds, Papers, Printing Techniques & More

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  • Title:Invitations 101: Folds, Papers, Printing Techniques & More
  • Category:Planning & Logistics
  • Level:All
  • Instructor:Steve Paster
  • Length:30 min
  • Posted:10/16/2010
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Think of an invitation as an ambassador, sent ahead to announce the occasion or represent the company. It is the prelude to the upcoming experiences at the event. If done well the invitation creates excitement, anticipation and sells seats/journal space. It is also an opportunity for things to go wrong. This class aims not only to explain print production techniques, terminology and timelines but also demystify the invitation design and ordering process.

After taking this class, you will be comfortable with client consultations; communicating the event brand as well as matching the invitation theme to the event designer’s vision will also be discussed.

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Creative Services

Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand print techniques and the costs associated with each technique.
    2. Have the ability to differentiate types of stamping, including embossing, debossing, letterpress and engraving.
    3. Have the ability to recognize different types of papers available for different print techniques.
    4. Understand the nuances of working with the post office.

Table of Contents

Watch the Full Class Without Chapter Breaks
Invitations 101-Full Class Video 29:21
Invitations 101: Folds, Papers, Printing Techniques & More
Introduction 1:36
Cards and Folds 2:05
Envelopes 2:00
Colors 1:40
Printing Techniques 4:15
Stamping Techniques 3:54
All About Paper 2:41
Techniques for Added WOW! 2:10
Working with Invitation Vendors 6:11
Working with the Post Office 3:12
Trends in the Invitation Industry 2:00
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