Thanks, Seattle Bride, for featuring our laser cut invitations in your recent issue! Gorgeous!
Unlike die cutting, laser allows for intricate, delicate, internal details. If you are in the market for these lacy pieces, be aware that many online retailers (and custom studios..poo!) offer laser-like designs, that are actually stocked or stamped-out imposters (like a doily) to help keep cost reduced. I get it, it’s trending and you want to jump on board for cheap, but don’t skimp….if you are looking for the “real deal”, you will pay a bit more for originality and authenticity, and won’t end up with an invitation that looks like it’s stamped out from a 1984 bridal stationery catalog. While laser may not be an option for the budget conscious, those that dig deep will enjoy the process and possibilities.
Creating a laser compatible design is more complex. You must work in the negative to make sure the shapes layer well together, are of workable area thickness, and don’t involve intersections that are unanchored and fall away. Each piece is then cut individually on the machine. Production cost depends on the amount of time on the table, which is based on the overall size and intricacy.
Although laser can achieve insane details, it does not always offer a pristine result….you are, after all, literally burning the paper, so expect to find a slightly darkened edge and char on back side (flare), which, if you embrace the artistic process, is part of it’s character (and also a tell-tale sign that you are not buying a doily). Flare can be reduced by using colored paper and also selecting a skilled facility that will carefully handle each one through production (again, you get what you pay for).
We created a few laser projects this season. Our latest was in partnership with local shop expert LaserMach. Owner Matt Ligot is a whiz when it comes to logistics and I highly recommend his quality. We are looking forward to more projects with him this year. Happy cutting!