Thermography Printing, Wedding Invitation, Raised Ink, Black and Ivory Invitation with Rose Liner

Thermography Wedding Invitations – Invitation Printing 101

Welcome back to Invitation Printing 101! Today we’re discussing Thermography ink. My last post discussed flat, digital printing so now we’re stepping into the world of texture with this raised ink option in Thermography wedding invitations. The Basics of Thermography Printing First Look: • Raised ink • Glossy, slightly rubbery texture • Usually printed on a smooth matte or metallic paper It’s great for: • Traditional weddings • Classic styles • Designs with one or two ink colors It’s often combined with: • Embossed borders • Backing layers • Pockets Details and Samples Thermography is created by dusting a resin-like powder over a special ink. Next, the invitation is heated causing the powder to create a raised, slightly rubbery effect upon drying. Since the …

Invitation Printing 101 Graphic, Chalkboard style with illustrated floral details and calligraphy style font

Invitation Printing 101 – An overview of the processes, timing and cost

Welcome to Invitation Printing 101! We know it’s not every day that you shop for fancy invitations so over the next few weeks I’m going to guide you through the various printing processes to help you choose the technique that works best for your style and budget. The invitation is your guests’ first impression of the event so it’s best to choose a design and printing technique that accurately conveys the tone and formality of your day. After all, your guests would most likely be horribly embarrassed if they showed up to your very formal big day in khakis and a blazer because the invitation implied a casual, rustic party instead of an elaborate, Gatsby-inspired affair. To start here’s a pretty …

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 …

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 …

Sutherlin by Smock | Formal Invitation, Deco Details, Foil and Letterpress, Photo Thank You Note

Formal Wedding Style

Formal weddings are all about the combination of sophisticated style with glamorous details. In the invitation world this translates to calligraphy, beveled edges and foil stamping. We’ve compiled some of our favorites for you today. Princeton by Dauphine Press Our designers were in love the moment this sample arrived at Fat Cat. It has all of our favorite things — a pearl foil pattern, a blush envelope liner and beautiful die cut corners setting it apart from anything else in our studio. Sutherlin by Smock This deco inspired invitation is a stunner! Patterned, foil back printing will certainly catch your guests’ attention. We also love the idea of saying “thank you” with a gold-foiled, photo notecard. Kensington by Dauphine Press …

St. Patty's Day | Larkspur Customization by Dauphine

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  In honor of St. Patty’s Day, we’re showing off some of our favorite GREEN invitations. Grab your green beer and get inspired by some beautiful invitations! —- “Volusia” by Dauphine Press This save the date is all about crisp letterpress printing and a refreshing design. If you tend to gravitate toward clean, simplistic designs, consider adding a pop of color like this kelly green to wow your guests. Want to learn more about save the dates? Check out some helpful information here. —- “Keene” by Smock This woodsy invitation with olive ink is so much fun. We love the whimsical fonts, rustic motifs, and last but not least, Smock’s gorgeous bamboo paper. Perfect for a nontraditional Mitzvah or Wedding! —- “Arbor” by …

Sutherlin by Smock, available at FatCat

Trending: Bold Envelope Liners

At Fat Cat, we love to add fun patterns and pops of color to an invitation — and an envelope liner is the perfect place to do just that! Fat Cat brides LOVE this beautiful blush rose envelope liner as shown in Smock’s Ashbourne suite. —- What’s more fun than opening up your reply cards? Popping open the envelope to reveal a bold, yellow, chevron liner of course! (Caneros by Dauphine) —- Looking for something more subtle? This beautiful invitation by Spark features a soft blush liner. (Chelsea by Spark) —- You can also add an extra personal touch to your invitation by including your monogram. (Colette by B.T.Elements) —- Smock shows off their NEW foil liners in their Bloomsbury suite. …

Spark, Alyssa | Lasercut Invitation

Fall Promotion

Fall is just a couple days away so we’re kicking off the season with a new promotion from Spark Letterpress. Order your invitation suite before November 15, 2015 and receive a free insert card — perfect to use as a website card or accommodations card! Here are some of our favorite Spark invitations… Spark  “Alyssa” letterpress wedding invitation featuring a delicate lasercut gatefold — — — Spark  “Zoe” modern foil invitation suite — — — Spark  “Whitney” classic black and white invitation suite with crystal details — — — Spark  “Daphne” whimsical modern wedding invitation featuring diecut cards and mailing tin — — — Spark  “Carola” floral invitation suite  — — — Spark  “Jacob” traditional mitzvah invitation suite  — — — Spark  “Dylan” …

Gold is Trending

Trending: Gold

Everyone has been loving gold lately! Here are some of our favorites from Smock, Dauphine Press and Designer’s Fine Press… Gold is the perfect compliment to a Mitzvah invitation too! Or maybe rose gold is more of what you had in mind… Coming soon to Fat Cat… these beauties from B.T.Elements. Check out Fat Cat on PINTEREST for more inspiration.