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Invitation 101 » Print Processes

Print Processes & Finishing Techniques

These are just some of the most popular print processes available. They give invitations extraordinary character and sophistication.

Saving Tip
You can opt to do your main invite in a special print process (eg. letterpress or thermography) and the rest in flat printing to reduce cost. 

 

Letterpress

A classic print process that adds old-world charm even to the most modern of designs. It adds a distinct character to your invitations–your eyes will enjoy looking as much as your hands will enjoy touching the cards.

How it’s made

Using metal plates, designs are pressed onto paper with ink.

Blind Letterpress

Images or lettering are lowered into the paper. Although it’s a different process, it provides the same appeal and distinction as embossing.

How it’s made

Same process as letterpress but the plate is pressed onto the paper without ink.

Thermography

Gives life to your invitation’s by giving text a raised finish. Get the look of engraving at a lower cost.

How it’s made

Wet ink is fused by heat with a resinous powder to produce a raised impression.

Lithography

Also called Flat Printing, is the most affordable print process recommended for large quantity runs. It is usually printed one color at a time so number of colors impact cost.

How it’s made

Ink is spread on a metal plate then transferred or offset (hence, offset printing) to a rubber blanket before finally applying to paper.

Foil Stamping

Adds an air of lavishness or provides greater emphasis with the use of colored or metallic foils. Should be used thoughtfully.

How it’s made

Metallic sheets are transferred to paper by pressing it with a heated metal plate, containing the design. Option to have it embossed after.

Blind Embossing

The process of creating a three-dimensional image or design without color in paper and other materials. It is also called dry embossing because of the absence of ink.

How it’s made

A design is transferred to a metal plate that is  then used to raise it onto paper

Colored Embossing

Colored designs are raised on the paper for greater tactile appeal and sophistication.

How it’s made

Similar to blind embossing but a design is first printed on paper before it is embossed using the metal plate. 

Die Cutting

Cuts your invite into unique shapes or adds cut outs to it but not as intricate as those that can be achieved by Laser Cutting.

How it’s made

A blade is created in the required shape or design. The paper is then cut using it.


Rounded Corners

For an invitation with an extra polished look, rounding corners of cards is an excellent option.

How it’s made

The corners of invitation cards are cut using a blade of a certain radius.