We understand that there are many printing methods out there. Below are the ones we love using the most and pair best with our aesthetic and artwork. We know that choosing a printing method can be difficult! If you have something in mind, let us know, if not, we'll talk about your personal and wedding style, your vision and overall aesthetic and we'll make some recommendations for which printing method would be best for you. We will gladly walk you through the processes step-by-step. The more details about the project we have (quantity, paper stock, size, color, folding, deadlines, etc.) helps us provide you with a better estimate. If you anticipate needing more identical print pieces in the future, order them now. The more that are printed, the less it costs per piece.


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FLAT

Paper Weight:: 80lb - 160lb

Flat printing is when a laser printer using toner based inks transfers an image from a computer screen and lays it onto paper. Due to the nature of artwork, flat printing allows all of the intricacies of color blending, hundreds of shades, and washes of watercolor artwork to be featured. Flat printing is going to be the lowest price point in our printing options. 

This is a great method for watercolor illustrations and colorful floral patterns on invitations and envelope liners. This type of printing can't replicate metallic colors or the shine of foil.

 

FOIL

Paper Weight:: 110lb - 220lb

Foil printing is a method where sheets of foil are heated and pressed into the surface of paper, typically with a copper plate. It doesn't soak into the paper, letting it shine and shimmer.

We can combine flat printed artwork with foil lettering. Foil is great for covering dark and light papers and comes in a plethora of colors/shades; including gold, silver, rose gold and copper.

 
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LETTERPRESS

Paper Weight:: 110lb - 220lb

Letterpress printing is method where a metal plate is inked up and paper is pressed down into the plate to create an indentation in the paper surface. There are many variables that come into play when we're punching into paper, such as – paper density, opacity, depth, impression evenness, etc.

We can do an entirely pressed suite, which looks exquisite for paper wardrobes focused on the calligraphy and lettering. We can also utilize letterpress in combination with flat printing, which looks great on pieces with custom multi-colored artwork and pressed calligraphy or lettering.

 

THERMOGRAPHY

Paper Weight:: 80lb - 160lb

Thermography printing is raised printing in a gloss or matte finish. Gloss finished thermography will have a higher raise than matte finished thermography. Resin powder is applied to the wet ink of an offset printed press sheet. The paper is passed through a heated chamber, causing the powder to melt and raise off the paper's surface. Medium size copy performs the best with thermography. Very thin copy does not raise as tall, and large fields will render lumpy. Papers with a smoother surface work the best with thermography. 100% cotton papers absorb the ink too quickly, and will not work with this process. We can do an entirely thermographic suite, which looks beautiful for paper wardrobes focused on calligraphy and line drawings.


PAPER + ENVELOPES

The paper options for your suite will vary based on the printing method you choose. We have a few favorites we believe to be the most elegant choices for our brides, but are capable of ordering any paper available, including: handmade papers, oversized sheets, metallic/pearlized papers and custom envelopes. We prefer to work with 100% cotton invitation papers and envelopes. The most common paper colors are Bright White, Off-White and Ecru.


VOCABULARY

POUND:: Paper weight is measured in pounds. A thicker stock will have a higher number. Our recommended cotton papers come in 110lb and 220lb weights. 220lb is a very thick paper that can only be printed with letterpress or foil. Our recommended cardstock starts at 80lb — but can be duplexed, by your request, to make it a sturdier 160lb weight.

DUPLEX:: The process of permanently bonding two sheets of paper back-to-back to make it twice as thick. This process gives you the opportunity to make a sheet that uses different colored papers on the front and reverse — a really nice effect!