Intro to Various Wedding Invitation Printing Processes

When it comes to invitation shopping, do you know the differences in the processes of wedding invitation printing as they relate to the design and wording?  You don’t necessarily need to know all the details to know what you like, but isn’t it better to be informed when you are shopping for your wedding invitations and come across certain terms such as these…

Embossing: This is a process that creates a raised design by pressing an image into the invitation paper. The addition of ink or foil to the raised design area gives it dimension and drama.

Blind Embossing: A type of embossing where the image is not highlighted with ink or foil but is left as simply an elegant raised design on the paper.

Debossing: The opposite of embossing since the image stamped on the paper appears indented without using ink or foil.

Pearlize: In this printing process, a shimmery pearl-like finish is applied to part or all of a design on the wedding invitations. It is usually applied to an embossed design area.

Foil Stamping: This method is also used on items such as wedding napkins. A colored foil is hot-stamped onto the paper to create its effect.

Letterpress:  This time-honored process starts with the creation of a special metal die that is used to make letterpress imprints when the die strikes the paper with enough force to create a depression on the paper.

Alluring Style Ombre Invitation

Alluring Style Ombre Invitation
with Letterpress Printing

Thermography: This a very common printing process for the verse area of wedding invitations since it is quite economical. This printing type is created by adding a resin powder to the wet ink which is then heated to melt the powder creating raised lettering on the invitation paper.

Vision of Love Invitation

Vision of Love Invitation
with embossed design and thermography printing

 

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