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Watermark Stationery & Security Printing

Downey has offered a bespoke watermarking service for many years which has proven to be of great benefit when requiring another level of security for your stationery or certificates of authenticity. Combine this with specialist techniques such as embossing, foil blocking, die stamping along side hand detailing and you will achieve a superior level of security for your luxury stationery. Contact our specialist projects team now to discuss your options. 

Asprey Snakeskin Invitation
Asprey Snakeskin Invitation
African Birthday Invitations
African Birthday Invitations
Bannenberg & Rowell Invitation
Bannenberg & Rowell Invitation
Patek Philippe Lasercut Gold Envelope & Sleeve Invitation
Patek Philippe Lasercut Gold Envelope & Sleeve Invitation
William Vintage Invitation and Envelope
William Vintage Invitation and Envelope
Elizabeth and Edward Wedding Invitation Stationery
Elizabeth and Edward Wedding Invitation Stationery
Netjets Art Basel Invitation
Netjets Art Basel Invitation
Bally Invitation
Bally Invitation
Patek Philippe Diamond Invitation and Presentation Box
Patek Philippe Diamond Invitation and Presentation Box
Patrick and William Engraved Wedding Invitation
Patrick and William Engraved Wedding Invitation
MM Wedding Invitation
MM Wedding Invitation
Omega Skyfall Invitation
Omega Skyfall Invitation
Accept and Proceed Ten Years of Light Invitation
Accept and Proceed Ten Years of Light Invitation
Holkham Estate Letterhead
Holkham Estate Letterhead
Laurent Perrier Letterhead
Laurent Perrier Letterhead
Cleave Letterhead with Watermark
Cleave Letterhead with Watermark
Sotheby's Letterhead with Watermark
Sotheby's Letterhead with Watermark
50th Birthday Invitations
50th Birthday Invitations
Nespresso Gift Bag
Nespresso Gift Bag
Plus Agency Letterhead
Plus Agency Letterhead
Sothebys White Baaz Membership Pack and Presentation Box
Sothebys White Baaz Membership Pack and Presentation Box
Netjets Owner Pack Slip Cases
Netjets Owner Pack Slip Cases
Downey Letterhead with Bespoke Watermark
Downey Letterhead with Bespoke Watermark
Downey Valentines Gift Set
Downey Valentines Gift Set
Dovert Corporate Stationery Suite
Dovert Corporate Stationery Suite
Gold Foil PBD Christmas Card
Gold Foil PBD Christmas Card
Gold Foil and Embossed Christmas Card
Gold Foil and Embossed Christmas Card
Ibiza Wedding Invitations
Ibiza Wedding Invitations
Italian Wedding Invitations, Stationery and Presentation Box
Italian Wedding Invitations, Stationery and Presentation Box
Downey Moleskin Notebooks
Downey Moleskin Notebooks
Ted Baker Terrace Mount Presentation Pack
Ted Baker Terrace Mount Presentation Pack
Indian Wedding Invitations, Stationery and Presentation Box
Indian Wedding Invitations, Stationery and Presentation Box
A bespoke set of Menus for AMO
A bespoke set of Menus for AMO
Farfetch VIP Concierge Pack
Farfetch VIP Concierge Pack
Swiss Coat of Arms Stationery
Swiss Coat of Arms Stationery
Ede & Ravenscroft Letterhead with Bespoke Watermark
Ede & Ravenscroft Letterhead with Bespoke Watermark
White Valentines Gift Box
White Valentines Gift Box
Nespresso Bafta Nominees Invitation Pack and Lasercut Menu
Nespresso Bafta Nominees Invitation Pack and Lasercut Menu
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Invitation
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Invitation
Lasercut Wedding Invitation
Lasercut Wedding Invitation
Al Shaqab Presentation Folder
Al Shaqab Presentation Folder
Stationery Set
Stationery Set
Wedding Invitation Bespoke Wax Seal
Wedding Invitation Bespoke Wax Seal
Omega Moon Invitation
Omega Moon Invitation
Linley Christmas Invitation
Linley Christmas Invitation
Daks London Fashion Week Invitations
Daks London Fashion Week Invitations
Downey Halloween Skull
Downey Halloween Skull
Patek Philippe Sculpted Invitation
Patek Philippe Sculpted Invitation
Annabel's First Glimpse Brochures
Annabel's First Glimpse Brochures
Terrence Higgins Trust Friends GALA Dinner Invitation
Terrence Higgins Trust Friends GALA Dinner Invitation
Justerini and Brooks Letterhead
Justerini and Brooks Letterhead
Daks London Fashion Week Spring Summer Menswear Engraved Silver Invitation
Daks London Fashion Week Spring Summer Menswear Engraved Silver Invitation
Cartier Presentation Boxes
Cartier Presentation Boxes
Ransom Gallery Bond Invitation
Ransom Gallery Bond Invitation
Bespoke Envelope Collection
Bespoke Envelope Collection
Jacobs Barmitzvah Invitation
Jacobs Barmitzvah Invitation
Downey Love Cards
Downey Love Cards
Cartier Royal Invitations
Cartier Royal Invitations
Arsenal FC Badge Stationery
Arsenal FC Badge Stationery
Fitzdares Letterhead
Fitzdares Letterhead
Madame Tussauds Presentation Packaging
Madame Tussauds Presentation Packaging
Daks London Fashion Week Invitation Womenswear Spring Summer
Daks London Fashion Week Invitation Womenswear Spring Summer
Patek Philippe Collectors Invitation
Patek Philippe Collectors Invitation
Paul Smith Boutique Invitation with Embossed Buttons
Paul Smith Boutique Invitation with Embossed Buttons
Blind Embossed Coat of Arms Letterhead
Blind Embossed Coat of Arms Letterhead
Downey Angel Wings Christmas Card
Downey Angel Wings Christmas Card
Charlotte and Eleanor Floral Wedding Invitation
Charlotte and Eleanor Floral Wedding Invitation
Farfetch Year In Review 2016 Book
Farfetch Year In Review 2016 Book
Dom Perignon Invitations
Dom Perignon Invitations
Engraved Wedding Invitation
Engraved Wedding Invitation
Sotheby's Diamonds Silver Laser Cut Christmas Card
Sotheby's Diamonds Silver Laser Cut Christmas Card
Sotheby's Diamonds Laser Cut Christmas Card
Sotheby's Diamonds Laser Cut Christmas Card
Ugg Australia Invitation
Ugg Australia Invitation
Floral Wedding Invitations
Floral Wedding Invitations
Victorinox London Design Festival Invitation
Victorinox London Design Festival Invitation
Paul Smith London Fashion Week Invitation
Paul Smith London Fashion Week Invitation
Netjets Invitation Set
Netjets Invitation Set
Sothebys Collectors Dinner Blind Embossed Invitation
Sothebys Collectors Dinner Blind Embossed Invitation
National Training Awards Invitation
National Training Awards Invitation
Superhero Birthday Invitation
Superhero Birthday Invitation
Annabel's Brochure
Annabel's Brochure
Dorchester Collection Suites Brochure
Dorchester Collection Suites Brochure
The Birley Clubs Brochure
The Birley Clubs Brochure
Farfetch Year in Review Book
Farfetch Year in Review Book
Patek Philippe Exhibition Bags
Patek Philippe Exhibition Bags
Origami Rose
Origami Rose
Blind Embossed PBD Christmas Card
Blind Embossed PBD Christmas Card
Downey Danke Card
Downey Danke Card
Vogue Invitation
Vogue Invitation
Cartier Jewellery Catalogue
Cartier Jewellery Catalogue
Graff Diamonds Luxury Presentation Box
Graff Diamonds Luxury Presentation Box
Barker Coat of Arms Letterhead
Barker Coat of Arms Letterhead
Through the Looking Glass Invitation
Through the Looking Glass Invitation
The Beverley Hills Hotel Invitation Suite
The Beverley Hills Hotel Invitation Suite
Ordovas Gallery Girl Exhibition Invitation
Ordovas Gallery Girl Exhibition Invitation
Floris Perfume Card
Floris Perfume Card
Cartier 3D Pop Up Invitation
Cartier 3D Pop Up Invitation
Sotheby's Slip Case
Sotheby's Slip Case
Bespoke Cartier Collection Folios
Bespoke Cartier Collection Folios
Patek Philippe 3D Pop Up Invitation
Patek Philippe 3D Pop Up Invitation
Next Academy Certificates
Next Academy Certificates
Print is not Dead
Print is not Dead
The Design Museum Christmas Card
The Design Museum Christmas Card
Boodles Corporate Stationery Suite
Boodles Corporate Stationery Suite
Daks Corporate Stationery Suite
Daks Corporate Stationery Suite
Justerini and Brooks Compliment Slip
Justerini and Brooks Compliment Slip
Browns Fashion Press Packs
Browns Fashion Press Packs
Floral Wedding Save The Date Card
Floral Wedding Save The Date Card
Chateau Engraved Rose Gold Wedding Invitation
Chateau Engraved Rose Gold Wedding Invitation
Graff Diamonds Corporate Stationery Suite
Graff Diamonds Corporate Stationery Suite
Coat of Arms Stationery Set
Coat of Arms Stationery Set
Kat Florence Corporate Stationery Suite
Kat Florence Corporate Stationery Suite
Fitzdares Christmas Card
Fitzdares Christmas Card
Garrard Receipt Book
Garrard Receipt Book
G F Smith Gmund Sample Card Set
G F Smith Gmund Sample Card Set
12 Month Journal Planner Book Collection
12 Month Journal Planner Book Collection
Star Wars Invitation
Star Wars Invitation
William Vintage Corporate Stationery Suite
William Vintage Corporate Stationery Suite
Johnstons of Elgin Corporate Stationery Suite
Johnstons of Elgin Corporate Stationery Suite
Laurent Perrier Compliment Slip
Laurent Perrier Compliment Slip
Knight Assets Corporate Stationery Suite
Knight Assets Corporate Stationery Suite
Alfreds Private Members Club Stationery Suite
Alfreds Private Members Club Stationery Suite
Browns Fashion Boutique Stationery
Browns Fashion Boutique Stationery
Wartski Stationery Suite
Wartski Stationery Suite
Sotheby's Presentation Folders
Sotheby's Presentation Folders
Dorchester Collection Eid Mubarak Card
Dorchester Collection Eid Mubarak Card
Dorchester Collection 3D Pop Up Christmas Card
Dorchester Collection 3D Pop Up Christmas Card
Cartier Panther Invitation Sleeve
Cartier Panther Invitation Sleeve
Electrolux The Fourth Wall Invitation
Electrolux The Fourth Wall Invitation
Piaget Mediterranean Garden Invitation
Piaget Mediterranean Garden Invitation
Piaget Possesion Invitation
Piaget Possesion Invitation
Skarstedt Gallery Engraved Invitation
Skarstedt Gallery Engraved Invitation
Schlumberger The National Gallery Invitation
Schlumberger The National Gallery Invitation
Dom Perignon Invitation and Presentation Box
Dom Perignon Invitation and Presentation Box
Claire and Nicholas Wedding Invitation
Claire and Nicholas Wedding Invitation
Wedding Invitation with Engraved Gold Monogram
Wedding Invitation with Engraved Gold Monogram
Foil Gold Wedding Invitation
Foil Gold Wedding Invitation
Comic Book Wedding Letterpress Invitation
Comic Book Wedding Letterpress Invitation
Coat of Arms Letterhead
Coat of Arms Letterhead
Cleave Letterhead
Cleave Letterhead
Letterheads
Letterheads
Astley Clarke Ring Binders
Astley Clarke Ring Binders
Goodwood Motor Circuit Letterhead
Goodwood Motor Circuit Letterhead
Conroy Coat of Arms Letterhead
Conroy Coat of Arms Letterhead
Sir Paul Smith Coat of Arms Note Card
Sir Paul Smith Coat of Arms Note Card
Cavendish Coat of Arms Letterhead
Cavendish Coat of Arms Letterhead
Harvey Jones Presentation Boxes
Harvey Jones Presentation Boxes
American Wedding Invitations
American Wedding Invitations

Security is never something to be taken lightly. So when it comes to securing your stationery, you may question the need at first, but it is as equally important to have a system in place that can stop fraudulent activity with your paperwork as it is to have a sound cybersecurity network protecting you online.

Counterfeit currency. Illegitimate contracts. Fraudulent letters of authority. There is a long history of crime in this area which is why such tight measures are put in place to stop this from happening.

Take banknotes for example, where security printing measures are fundamental to their design. It’s fascinating to take a £10 note from your pocket and attempt to identify all the security printed aspects. We instantly feel the defining polymer material and our eyes are drawn to the holographic foil blocking showing the coronation crown and the denomination written below by ‘reversing out’ the text (meaning this is not printed but a clear section of the material – a very tricky detail considering the size of the note). We can feel the ‘tactile feature’ of the blind embossed braille section in the top left corner (when looking at the front of the note, which is the side with the raised print). Winchester Cathedral is showing with gold foil to one side and silver foil to the reverse, tip the note and they both have a rainbow effect to the colours. Showing on the transparent section is also a watermark of the Queen printed alongside a quill, which changes colour from orange to purple as the note is tilted. Among other security printing aspects, you also have an ultra-violet section that will only be visible when under UV lighting, detailed raised print and extreme micro lettering that is only visible under a glass.

Of course, a banknote is taking security printing to the extreme degree, but often by using one or some of these features on your stationery they can be beneficial to making sure a document is an original or cannot be accurately copied.

Production techniques such as embossing, engraving or die-stamping and foil blocking are all available to utilise on your luxury stationery and corporate invitations. Over the years we have also developed our own technique for adding a chemical-based watermark that allows for the design to be seen through the paper, achieving a very similar result to that of a ‘true’ watermark.   

This watermarking process has seen a sharp increase in use over the past decade and we can see a steady rate of usage extending to financial documents, auction and jewellery valuations along with certificates of authenticity – we believe this growth goes hand in hand with the rise of online selling, therefore the need for a physical item to guarantee the item’s history in preparation for the sale. When requesting a traditional watermark, a paper mill will often have a 2-tonne minimum production run which is very limiting to requirements, our minimum is a more realistic 1000 A4 sheets making this an excellent option for adding a security feature to your stationery.

There are also finishing techniques available which can add to the security measures you can put in place for your stationery. Numbering of course is one, but also adding a hand treated coloured or deckle edge in a specific pantone shade, use of a wax seal of authority or even perhaps a very small laser-cut logo or emblem in detail can provide the additional touch that cannot be scanned or developed digitally.

In today’s climate of extremely high-quality reproduction and activity, these security printing and watermark paper printing processes are becoming a much-valued and appreciated benefit for our clients.

To discuss more about specialist watermark paper and security services, please contact the Downey team.  We also offer other luxury printing services, like professional coat of arms design, bespoke luxury packaging and much more.