Post # 1
Sorry if you’re sick of hearing about/seeing my invitations! Some of you may have seen the other day when I posted a poll asking if you thought the smudges on the invitation sample I was planning on ordering looked intentional enough, or if it looked like a mistake or messy.
Well, I ordered the invites, and I am obsessed. However, I’m in the middle of the proofing process, and I just found out that they CAN remove the smudge effect. Now that I’ve stared at my sample for days on end, I’ve become a little attached to the smudging! The plain white definitely looks a little less unique, maybe a little plain, but I’ll eliminate the risk of anyone thinking I spilled something on their invite or smudged the ink.
And here are some phone pics of the sample I received. As you can see, the smudge effect comes up lighter in person than it does on screen, which is why I worry that it may look unintentional.
Post # 3
I like the smudge. It would probably look better if it went all around the paper rather than just the corners.
Post # 4
I agree that the plain white looks a little less unique, however in the pictures the smudging almost comes across as mold or something to me! I guess it could be considered…vintage?… but I would stick with the plain white.
Post # 5
I think the smudges look cool when they are on a digital print, but the just make the paper look dirty in real life (like you were handling a B&W newspaper prior to putting everything together).
I would just stick with plain and classic white paper without smudges.
Also, to update, I agree with a PP that the coloring looks like mold.
Post # 6
I like it without. On the screen, the smudges look big, but on the printed proofs they look like someone could think they are just dirty.
Post # 8
@Becs: No smudge, unless they can significantly darken it for you.
Post # 9
I commented the first time around and I will again – I love the smudges! It makes it look like antique paper.
Post # 10
Thanks for the input so far – I am so torn!
Post # 12
Both of these polls have been so close!