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Printing Methods

There are so many fabulous ways to print with paper. It's truly up to you (and your budget). Select one that truly exemplifies your style. 

Letterpress Printing: Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing that has been used for over 550 years. It has seen a renaissance in the last 10 years and it's one of our favorite printing methods. It often involves a restored antique machine made from cast iron that presses your text and imagery on to the paper. It's labor intensive (and therefore can be pricey) but it's truly a craft and the results are divine. It's a softer, warmer look that if right for you, will make your invitations look stunning.

Embossing: Embossing is a special technique where a plate is created for a monogram, text or image and then pressed into the paper giving the results a beautiful raised effect.

Engraving: Engraving is similar to letterpress in that the ink is pressed into the paper providing a textured effect that looks more handcrafted than flat printing. A special plate is created for your text or imagery and then inked. Paper is hand-fed through the machine and the image is pressed in with pressure. It is a more expensive process because it's labor intensive but the results are fantastic. 

Foiling: Foiling is different than inking. The foil is transferred to the paper with ink. It's opaque and therefore looks great on darker colors. Most often it is done with metallic foil- silver or gold. But we can also foil with pearlescent, holographic or marbling. It can be matte or glossy. It can also be transparent. It adds that extra bit of lux and glam to any invitation. 

Digital: Digital printing is a flat printing method that is fast and cost-effective. The number of color choices is unlimited. It most often used on white or light colored paper. 

Thermography: Thermography is a process that uses heat to fuse ink along with resinous powder to create a raised lettering. With thermography, the content looks shiny and the back of the invitation looks flat. Note that with Engraving - the back of the invitation shows an impression. 

Laser Cutting: Laser cutting is a method used to cut out images, lettering or words. 



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