Welcome back to Invitation Printing 101. Today concludes our series on the main printing methods we offer here at Fat Cat. For our last class, we’re going to talk about the most traditional process of all — engraving.
• Raised ink
• Matte for most colors
• Metallics like golds and silvers have a luxurious shimmer
• Usually printed on a smooth, thick paper
It’s great for:
• Classic and traditional styles
• Weddings, birth announcements, holiday cards and thank you notes
It’s often combined with:
• Thick paper
• Gilded edges
• Hand calligraphy
Engraving is the most traditional printing method we offer. It’s typically reserved for the most formal of events. This method results in a raised texture on the front and an indented impression on the back (referred to as a bruise). Engraving is a very labor intensive printing method, requiring at least a 6-8 week timeframe in most cases.
There are few things more formal than gilded edges. Georgina and Herbert’s wedding was all about classic details with a shimmery hint of glam. Their gold engraved invitation with rounded corners was the perfect first impression for their Oheka Castle wedding.
This stunning black and white invitation makes quite the impression. Sarah Hanna’s gorgeous custom calligraphy adds a special flair to this traditional suite (follow her on IG). I also can’t get enough of the gold foil envelope liner — the perfect finishing touch!
Who said a formal invitation can’t be a little modern? I’m absolutely crazy about this typesetting… especially the way the date is offset by that loose, slightly informal script.
Engraving ink is thick and opaque, allowing light colors inks to be printed on dark paper. This particular invitation is one of my favorite nautical styles. It’s perfectly classic but the bold contrast of white ink on navy paper gives it a bit of a modern twist.
That’s all, folks! Congratulations on making it through Invitation Printing 101 with Fat Cat. Look out for more fun things to come, including our countdown of favorites from 2017!