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 …

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 …

Parfumerie + Opal Bevel, Engraved Wedding Invitation

Engraved Lovelies

If your style is classic, traditional and elegant, an engraved invitation might be the perfect fit. This week we’re showcasing a few of our favorite engraved designs from Arzberger, an invitation design and print studio that exudes traditional, southern charm. If you aren’t familiar with the process of engraving, here’s how the pros at Arzberger describe it… Engraving is an art which has endured for centuries because of its singular appearance and lasting impression. An engraved piece requires a metal plate that has been etched with copy or other artwork. The plate is carefully positioned in the engraving press, and the fountain is filled with ink. Before each stamping, ink is spread over the die and quickly wiped off, leaving only the etched …

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 …

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2015 Favorites: Part 1

As 2015 winds down, we would like to take a few moments to express how grateful we are to have worked with such wonderful clients over the past year. It has been a year filled with all types of fun and exciting events — from traditional black and gold affairs to a whimsical vintage circus extravaganza. Here are some of our FAVORITE invitations from this past year. Carla and Christopher We had so much fun working with Carla and her mom to design this stunning, custom black and gold invitation with damask details. They wanted something truly special so that their guests would be impressed from the start… mission accomplished. —- Caroline’s Sweet 16 Pink, lucite AND glitter paper? Yes …