invitation Printing Methods explained
If you aren't familiar with the printing methods we offer, we recommend ordering a sample pack to see them in person. But, here are the printing basics:
Flat Printing is like digital printing, but we use cotton paper and the highest quality machines available. You are not limited in the number of colors used (and you don’t pay per color). With flat printing we can do things like print guest addresses on envelopes and print watercolor illustrations in all their multi-colored glory. Flat printing takes 2 weeks after you approve your proofs (1 week rush service may be available).
Letterpress Printing uses printing plates covered in hand-mixed ink which are pressed into the paper, creating beautiful, textured invitations, with indentations where the design/text are printed. This handmade process lends itself to beautiful variations in color, inking, and impression. We work with letterpress printers who are passionate about their craft and finely-tuned to the detail of the final product. Letterpress takes 3-4 weeks after you approve your proofs (2 week rush service may be available).
Think metallics! Foil stamping is a similar process to letterpress, but it allows for the use of metallics on your invitations. Gold, yes, but also tawny matte, rose gold, shiny pearl, silver, copper, mint, and more. We love it combined with letterpress. Foil stamping takes 4-5 weeks (2 week rush service may be available).
Some of each?
We work with many couples who decide to have, say, gold foil invitations with a letterpress blush pink reply card and flat printed envelopes. Go for it! Our Soft White Cotton and Bright Ivory Cotton papers are available with all printing methods, so your papers will match. However, matching ink colors across printing methods is tricky, so we recommend choosing complementing shades but not identical inks.
Some projects may work best with engraving, thermography, or screen printing. For custom projects, please get in touch.