This post continues our series on invitation printing. Today, I’m going to walk you through the ins and outs of a Fat Cat favorite — foil stamping!
• Usually shiny, metallic finish (but matte options are available too)
• Indented impression
• Usually printed on a textured cotton paper
• Traditional, modern, even whimsical invitations
• Weddings, mitzvahs, bridal and baby showers… really any event!
• Printing on dark papers
Often combined with:
• Letterpress printing
• Digitally printed backgrounds
• Thick paper
• Edge painting
We started offering foil stamping a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Like letterpress (check it out here if you missed my last post) this type of printing leaves an indented impression in the paper, but in this case, really thin sheets of foil are used in place of ink. Foil stamping often has a shiny, metallic finish that is even more beautiful in person than in a photograph. Most foils are opaque, so not only do we love it on white and ivory paper but it also looks rather striking on dark papers like black and navy.
First of all, if I’m going to talk about foil invitations, I have to begin with this show-stopping new addition. Custom calligraphy and gold foil are a breathtaking combination. And seriously, a stack of foil edged invitations is one of my favorite things. Oh so perfect for a very formal July Saturday night.
Now, forgive me but I have to flashback to my wedding invitation whenever I have the chance so here it is — tawny foil, digitally printed watercolor background, lavender edge paint, twine. Love.
^ Photo Credit: Becka Pillmore
Rose gold will always have a special place our hearts. Most of all, we love the way it sits on top of a pink watercolor wash, as shown in the baby shower invitation below. It was so much fun working with B.T.Elements on this beauty.
It also adds a special twist to this formal letterpress invitation that we teamed up with Smock to create.
When we say “foil” most people think shiny golds and silvers, but that’s not always the case. For this save the date we paired matte white foil with navy paper for a bold alternative to the classic navy and white card.
Next, let’s talk about a foil that breaks the rules. Pearl foil is almost completely transparent with the faintest hint of shimmer, as shown in this gorgeous floral border. This one is a must-see in person because it’s so hard to capture its beauty in a photo.
One more before I let you go today… I absolutely adore this whimsical bridal shower invitation. If you are looking for color inspiration for your fall wedding, pretty please consider copper and olive. The copper foil pairs beautifully with this illustrated, letterpress wreath. It’s the perfect compliment to the save the save the dates and invitations for this bride-to-be’s upcoming wedding.
I hope you enjoyed all the shiny goodness!
ps: Check out the foil section of our website for more inspiration.