Foil Stamping, Gold Foil Formal Wedding Invitation, Gold Edging, Shiny Metallic Finish, Ivory Cotton Paper, Custom Calligraphy

Invitation Printing 101 – Foil Stamping!

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!

The Basics

First Look:
• Usually shiny, metallic finish (but matte options are available too)
• Indented impression
• Usually printed on a textured cotton paper

Great for:
• 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.

Formal gold foil invitation, custom calligraphy, gold foil edging Formal gold foil invitation, custom calligraphy, gold foil edging

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.

Whimsical, Rustic, Foil and Watercolor Wedding Invitation with Woodgrain Details, Blue, Green, Violet and Tawny Color Palette

^ Photo Credit: Becka Pillmore

Whimsical, Rustic, Foil and Watercolor Wedding Invitation with Woodgrain Details, Blue, Green, Violet and Tawny Color PaletteLetterpress Envelope with Twine Knot Detail

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.

Baby Shower Invitation with Pink Foil, Rose Gold, Pink Watercolor Details

It also adds a special twist to this formal letterpress invitation that we teamed up with Smock to create.

Formal Wedding Invitation, Rose Gold Foil and Taupe Letterpress, Vintage Rose Envelope Liner and Monogram, Ecru Paper

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.

Classic Navy and White Foil Save the Date

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.

Floral Letterpress and Foil Wedding Invitation, Formal, Gray and White Color Paletter, Flower Border

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.

Rustic Copper Bridal Shower Invitation, Leafy Wreath in Olive Green Letterpress, Whimsical Fonts

I hope you enjoyed all the shiny goodness!

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ps: Check out the foil section of our website for more inspiration.