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Printing Techniques

Each invitation I create is truly custom. Paper, printing technique, layers, and dimensions play an important role in achieving the vision. I've listed below the differences between digital printing, letterpress, foil stamping, and cold-foil printing.

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Digital Printing

What it is

  • This technique uses a 4-color printing process on a variety of papers

  • The ink is flush with the paper

What it's perfect for

  • Colorful invitations that use a graphic such as a floral border or greenery

  • Simple invitations that don't need a ton of dimension

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Letterpress Printing

What it is

  • This technique uses an actual plate to press the artwork into the paper

  • The design creates a "pushed in" look. If you run your hands over the paper you can feel the impression

  • This is often created with 1 or 2 inks

What it's perfect for

  • Thicker invitations for a luxe feel

  • Metallic foiling (gold, silver, rose gold)

  • Simple, refined invitations

  • Can be paired with a digital printing technique to achieve pressed-in text while still having a colorful, digitally printed border (floral border, watercolor background, etc.)

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Cold Foil Printing

What it is

  • This technique prints gold, silver, or rose gold on a smooth paper to achieve the metallic look

  • Not available on matte paper

  • More reflective, less matte

What it's perfect for

  • A great alternative to foil stamping or foil letterpress to save on cost but still achieve a touch of metallic

  • Colorful invitations that have floral graphics and want to add a touch of metallic

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Foil Stamping

What it is

  • This technique uses an actual plate to press the artwork into the paper

  • The design creates a matte metallic stamp appearance in gold, silver or rose gold

  • This is often used in 1 or 2 colors

What it's perfect for

  • Luxe feel invitation on a variety of papers

  • Simple, refined invitations

  • Can be paired with a digital printing technique to achieve pressed in text while still having a colorful, digitally printed border

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