Printing processes

Digital CMYK + white printing

What it looks like: The results are similar to what you’d get from a home laser printer, but we use a high quality in house professional printer, so you won’t wind up with the fading or smudging you might get from printing them yourself. Using a white toner, we are also able to print light ink colors onto dark paper stocks.

How it’s done: The image is transferred to a belt which transfers it to the paper, the paper then passes through a high temperature fuser which “fuses” the image onto the paper.

Paper tips: Digital printing is typically done on thinner paper that’s flexible enough to be sent through a printer.

Color tips: We can achieve substantially any desired color on any desired paper.

 

Thermography (a.k.a Raised Lettering)

What it looks like:  Very similar to engraving, however the lettering is slightly shiny. Just like engraving, thermography has a much more formal look than digital printing.

How it’s done: The ink is mixed with resinous powder to create a raised lettering. The ink is then fused onto the paper through a heat process.

Paper tips: Cotton is the best choice for thermography, shimmery cardstocks are also often chosen, however the shiny finish of the thermography has a less wow effect against something shiny.

Color tips: Thermography is best for one-color artworks and patterns, we cannot achieve watercolor or complexes colored artworks. Also recommended are bold colors, we do not recommend pastels and light colors.

 

Letterpress

What it looks like: The letters and artworks look indented on the front and slightly raised on the back of the invite. Letterpress is often used to achieve a traditional and classic look, but is also used to achieve modern tipography looks.

How it’s done: One of the most expensive printing techniques, the letters and artwork are etched in reverse onto a plate, the plate is then coated with ink and pressed onto the surface of the cardstock to produce an impression on the paper.

Paper tips: Cotton and textured thick stocks are the best options for letterpress. Some matte and shimmery options are used but not often. The thicker the cardstock, the more defined the impression will look on the paper. Also light colored papers are recommended, as the ink used on the letterpress process is a very thin layer and would appear faded on dark papers.

Ink tips: Light colors would not be recommended, bold colors would stick out more against the paper. Also stick to just one or two ink colors, as each color has to be pressed separately on the printer and a separate plate (die) has to be created for each color

 

Foil Stamping

What it looks like: The paper-like foil leaves a metallic design behind. Foil stamping complements a luxe, romantic wedding, but it’s also become increasingly popular for whimsical and casual invites.

How it’s done: Very much similarly to the letterpress process, a heated plate (die) is used to push the foil into the paper, leaving an indent.

Paper tips: Don’t overdo the design and lettering, and most importantly use thicker lines, as foil is very thin and thin designs can be lost in the process. Both light and dark colored cardstock would look good with foil, depending on the color chosen.

Ink tips: : No ink is actually used on foil stamping, however several foil colors are available.

 

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