Copperleaf Invitation Mailer

If you or I make a bad investment decision, it most likely will feel like the end of the world to us, but the rest of society will continue to hum along just fine. Yet for those whose job it is to decide where money must go to support the crucial utilities and government services around us, it’s another story.

Wanting to entice these guardians of our infrastructure into attending a workshop on value-based decision making, (and hopefully into using their C55 software), Copperleaf Technologies sent them an invitation as intriguing as their potential clients’ jobs are important.

Designed by Wian Branding and brought to life by Hemlock Printers, the invitation is actually a suite of four cards tucked inside an attractive folder, each piece reinforcing the Copperleaf name with exquisite copper-foil-stamped artwork.

Let’s start with that luscious mini-folder. Held closed with a small latch that tucks inside a die-cut slit on the opposing cover, it was printed black on the outside and warm copper inside, all on a 100 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Stipple Cover sheet – that stippling adding a subtle dimensional look. The iron-cross style fold holds the cards in place inside.

Copperleaf invitation mailer - PaperSpecs

What truly brings the folder to life, however, are all the various ideograms and line drawings foil stamped on the cover. Representing everything from the power industry (wind turbines, pylons and nuclear smokestacks) to light bulbs and a rendering of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the illustrations not only address the industries their clients are likely to work in, but also hint at all the different decisions they have to contend with as part of their job.

Copperleaf invitation mailer - PaperSpecs

Upon opening the folder the recipient is greeted by the first of three snazzy cards offset printed UV Black on 130 lb. Classic Crest Stipple Cover, this one depicting the iconic mustache and mop-like mane of Albert Einstein, his first name appearing where his eyebrows should be. All around him float atomic symbols, mathematical formulae and other science-y stuff rendered in beautiful copper foil stamping. Turning the card over shows a simplified explanation of Copperleaf’s C55 software beneath a riff on Einstein’s famous “E = mc2” equation: “E=C55.”

The next two cards, devoted to Marie Curie and Leonardo da Vinci, take a similar tack. Yet it is with the fourth and final card that this package kicks it up that extra notch as it celebrates that greatest of over-achievers….you!

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Here we find our own face looking back at us, thanks to the clever use of digital printing on 19 pt. GPA C1S Silver Foil Board, which also includes the recipient’s name in Black in the middle of the facial outline, mimicking the previous three cards. This is a particularly effective use of digital’s variable-data printing feature. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to be lumped in with greats like da Vinci, Curie and Einstein?

Hot foil stamping brought a distinctive touch of elegance to this piece, but there are so many other ways to get the shimmer and shine of foil. Discover them, as well as the pros and cons of each, in our free Foil Cheat Sheet. Download yours now for a limited time!

Project Details

Title Copperleaf Invitation Mailer Client Copperleaf Technologies Design Wian Branding Print Hemlock Printers Paper Folder: 100 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Stipple Cover; Cards: 130 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Stipple Cover; Variable-data card: 19 pt. GPA C1S Silver Foil Board

Production Details

Printing Method Folder and Cards: Offset (using UV); Variable-data Card: Digital Finishing and Binding Foil stamping, die cutting


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