Choosing the right printing technique for your invitations is part science, part art form. We’ll be happy to help you through the process. Here’s a breakdown of your main options:

 

ENGRAVING
Ideal for a formal or luxurious wedding invitations, engraving feature raised text and designs.

Process: Text and designs are etched onto a copper plate. The plate is coated with ink and wiped clean so the ink stays in the indentations. Each sheet of paper is handfed, creating crisp raised text and designs. You can tell engraving by the dent on the back of the paper.

Tip: Engraving works well with thin lines and cursive scripts.

 

LETTERPRESS
Along with engraving, letterpress is amongst the most beautiful forms of printing.

Process: Text and designs are pressed into paper leaving indentations. Gives a sophisticated, artful look and feel.

Tip: You’ll want to use a thick cotton paper.

 

FOIL STAMPING
Complements luxury invitations but can also be used whimsically.

Process: A paper-like foil creates a metallic-looking design.

Tip: Light foil colors work well with dark-colored paper. Foil stamping is best used for designs, borders, or key words.

 

OFFSET PRINTING
A flat printing technique—it can look clean and vibrant. 

Process: Ink is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, and then onto paper.

Tip: Offset is a smart option if you want to use bold colors or match a Pantone color exactly.

 

DIGITAL PRINTING
Great for a quick turnaround or a small quantity.

Process: A direct-to-paper printing technique in which images are created from thousands of tiny dots. The results are similar to offset though generally not as fine.

Tip: Works well with watercolors and full-color designs.

 

SPECIALITY PRINTING
Have an out-of-the-box idea for your invitations? Whatever you can dream up, we’ll make it happen!