formal engraved invitation, black and white wedding invitation suite, gold foil envelope liner

Engraving – Invitation Printing 101

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. The Basics First Look: • 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 Details Engraving is the most traditional printing method we offer. It’s typically reserved for the most formal of events. This method results in …

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 Details 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 …

Bella Figura, Garnet, Navy invitation with Copper Shimmer Envelope Liner and Copper Foil

We Love Envelope Liners: Round 2

Envelope liners certainly aren’t an afterthought. They add another layer of depth to your beautiful suite and are the first thing your guests will notice when they open your invitation. When choosing a liner, think about the impression that you would like to leave with your guests. A solid envelope liner tends to have a more classic and traditional tone while floral illustrations add a romantic touch. Whatever you choose should reflect the taste and personality of yourself and your venue. This will help your guests understand the tone of your wedding. Today we’re starting with vintage illustrations. They’re charming to say the least and are a great way to incorporate flowers or greenery into your invitation suite. Specialty paper can mean …

BellaFigura, Brushwork Invitation with Foil Liner

Adding an Envelope Liner: Round 1

One of our favorite ways to spice up a classic invitation is to add a beautiful envelope liner. There are so many styles and options to choose from… patterned or solid, shimmer or matte, classic or whimsical. This week and next I’m going to show off some of our favorites starting with FOIL liners! We began offering foil liners a couple years ago and haven’t turned back. They add an extra special shimmering touch to classic and whimsical invitations alike. Next up we have brushstroke and watercolor liners. These artistic envelope liners add a sense of whimsy and are perfect for everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements. Today we’ll end with photographs and maps. These details really add a personal …

Boutonniere by BellaFigura, Letterpress Invitation with Red Floral Liner

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s that sentimental time of year again. We hope you’re enjoying the day whether you’re going out for date night with your sweetie or catching up with some friends. In honor of cupid, we’re celebrating with some romantic red and pretty in pink invitations. Boutonniere by Bella Figura This invitation has it all — a vibrant floral liner, eye-catching fonts and a kraft paper envelope. We love it just the way it is but keep in mind, if red isn’t your color we’ll help you find an alternative floral or patterned liner to match this beautiful invitation.   Galena by Smock Pearl foil is a great way to add a little shimmer without being over the top. …

Chilmark by BellaFigura, watercolor floral save the date, reds, pinks, oranges

What does floral mean to you?

With the planning for spring and summer weddings well underway, lately many of our brides have arrived at our studio with florals in mind. The wide array of styles for choose from has prompted us to ask… “What does floral mean to you?”   It can show up as beautiful WATERCOLOR ARTWORK like the new “Chilmark” Save the Date, the chic indigo “Cora” floral frame or the pretty pastel “English Garden” invitation. All designed and printed by Bella Figura. Or as DELICATE LETTERPRESS DETAILS as shown in “Jorie” and “Belsay” by Bella Figura. These two darling invitations are quickly becoming favorites in our studios. They feature a combination of letterpress ink and foil stamping and are printed on luxurious textured cotton paper. These rustic …

Chatsworth by Bella Figura, 2017 Calligraphy Trend, Letterpress and Foil Invitation with Floral Liner

2017: New Year, New Trends

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for all the great things ahead in 2017. With a new year comes new trends and we’re so excited to dive into them in this week’s blog post…. Pops of Color In 2017 we expect to see classic invitations with unexpected pops of color. This can be achieved by adding a purple edge paint to Smock’s “Avella” suite or a vibrant envelope liner as shown in “Ellory.” Greenery We love that we continue to see garlands and other greenery used as table runners and centerpieces. Organic, “fresh-picked” style bouquets are taking place of traditional blooms. This invitation by B.T.Elements uses kraft paper and hints of greenery, perfect for an …

Copper + Olive | Save the Date and Place Setting | Wedding Details

Copper Wedding Love

Copper details are on trend lately and we couldn’t be more in love! Whether your style is formal, rustic or anything in between, copper is a lovely shimmering compliment to your big day.   Olive + Copper Take inspiration from nature with an earthy copper and olive color palette. The blush hues in the flowers pick up the tones in the flatware resulting in a breathtaking place setting. Place Setting Photograph: Michael Radford Photography via Brit+Co // Save the Date: Serendipity by Bella Figura ••• Pink + Copper This whimsical invitation sets itself apart from the rest with its beautiful shape and fun calligraphy-inspired typography. Perfect if your wedding vision includes burlap table runners and other rustic details. Invitation: Abigail …

Amador Antique, Letterpress and Foil Invitation, Vintage Details, Square Invitation

Introducing Bella Figura

We are so excited to announce that we are now carrying Bella Figura! This gorgeous invitation line features thoughtful designs printed on luxurious cotton papers. During your appointment you are welcome to browse through this invitation line. One of our fabulous consultants will help you select a design and find the perfect colors and fonts to match your wedding style. Looking for something out-of-the-box? We would love to help you build a couture design suited specially to you. There are so many custom elements to consider — foil details, die-cut shapes, edge painting, pocketfolds, bellybands and envelope liners. We can’t wait to get started! Here are some of our favorite Bella Figura invitations to inspire your invitation journey… Serendipity This timeless save …

Charlotte by Bella Figura | Diecut Thank you note

Don’t forget to say Thank You

After your event, it’s always important to send thoughtful, handwritten thank you notes to your guests. Your guests spent a lot of time and energy traveling to your event and choosing a gift for you so the best way to express your gratitude is with a sweet little note. Remember, this is the last interaction your guests will have with your wedding so have fun with it. Your thank you notes are the final piece of the puzzle and one more way to put your personal touch on your event. We love using similar fonts, colors or even a photo from the big day to tie everything together. We recommend mailing them up to three months after your event; however, …