Here’s a brief summary of our most common printing methods and what makes each different. It’s often possible to use a combination of these printing methods as well. To get a feel for the differences, we can also send or show you some physical samples.
Digital — The artwork is printed flat on the page so the paper is smooth to the touch. With digital printing, you’re able to print as many colors as you’d like with no added cost. It’s often the most cost effective and quickest printing method, so if you’re on a budget or a tight deadline, digital printing may be perfect for you. We digitally print on 100% cotton paper so the finished invitations feel luxurious.
Letterpress — A metal plate is made for each color layer and ink is applied to those plates and then pressed into plush cotton paper. The result is a beautiful indentation on the page. Letterpress printing involves printing one, two or three ink colors onto a page. The price increases with more colors used.
Engraving — The ink is set with heat so that it’s raised off the page. In many ways, the texture is the opposite of letterpress. This is best for one sided pieces, since engraving uses water that creates “bruising” on the backside of each piece of paper. Like letterpress, the price increases with the more colors that are used. When you’d like white or light colored ink printed onto colored paper, engraving is the way to go since it achieves an opaque ink color that contrasts well on a darker background.
Foil Stamping — If you’re looking for a metallic shine on your invitations, foil stamping is the printing method for you. Like letterpress, a plate is made to press the metal foil into the paper. The result is a metallic sheen with a beautiful indentation on the page.