One of my favorite ways to add interest to any invitation is to cut it into an interesting shape. Depending on the intricacy of the piece to be cut, it may be done by die or laser. Die cuts are made from metal, then attached to presses. Our letterpress printer often adds a die to our forms for simple shapes or borders:
Or even more complex shapes, like this mountain die cut:
Or this shaped Lobster Rehearsal dinner invite (could be laser or die cut):
I'm also loving shaped state cards (who wants one for California?) Like this one we created for a Wisconsin wedding this summer:
Laser is suitable for complex artwork, where details must be cut from the center of the art. A computer file is translated into a digital rendering, then communicated to a laser to cut out the image specified. This can be used in metal, leather, and other materials, but we typically use paper for our invitations. (I would love to try this on leather!) This tiny window cut outs and other architectural details worked out great laser cut into this Chicago skyline invitation:
The inticate beauty of ceramic tile translates beautifully for a destination wedding:
What about you? Do you like the idea of a special cut shape in your wedding invite?