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 …

Letterpress Invitation, Traditional Wedding, Blush and Gray, Formal, Pink Rose Envelope Liner, Bamboo Paper, Pretty script font

Invitation Printing 101 – Letterpress

Welcome back to Invitation Printing 101. Today we’re discussing my personal favorite — letterpress! The Basics First Look: • Indented impression • Matte ink • Usually printed on a textured cotton paper It’s great for: • Everything from classic to whimsical styles • Weddings, holiday cards, baby announcements, the list goes on…. • Designs with one, two or three ink colors It’s often combined with: • Foil details • Thick paper • Envelope liners Details There’s something about this antique printing process that I just adore. Letterpress printing uses plates to create an indented impression, leaving you with a beautifully textured surface on your invitation. The inks are translucent and soak into the paper so we recommend working with light-colored papers like …

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 …

Letterpress, black and white pocket invitation with bellyband, formal style

Part 2: Keeping It All Together – Pockets and Bellybands

Welcome to Part 2: Keeping it all together. Today we’re going to focus on a couple more Fat Cat favorites — pockets and bellybands. But before we dive in, if you missed last week’s post make sure to catch up here. Bellybands This is another personal favorite. A bellyband is a piece of paper that wraps around the invitation. The rest of the suite (reply set, reception card and detail card) can be tucked under the bellyband either in front of or behind the invitation. Bellybands can be printed or unprinted on either textured or smooth paper. They can even be layered with twine or a ribbon. Pockets Pockets come is so many shapes and sizes (some of which we discussed …

Lucie by B.T.Elements, Invitation with fun typesetting and twine and tag detail

Invitations by BT Elements

Today we’re featuring invitations by B.T. Elements. We’ve been carrying their lovely invitation line for a few years now and we can’t seem to get enough of it. B.T.Elements has two distinct but complimenting styles and our brides have fallen in love with both of them. Both albums carry a sense of rustic charm with laurels, arrows and kraft paper. Their “Ashton” album is quirky and whimsical. It’s perfect for non-traditional couples who love color and playful typography. Their “Marlow” album is refined and romantic. This charming album uses letterpress and foil stamping to compliment designs rich in floral and watercolor details. As invitation specialists, we’re so inspired by their fun font combinations. We love mixing and matching their papers, …

Bridal Party Photo

Real Wedding: Elena and John

Designing the paper elements for Elena and John’s dream wedding was an absolute joy. Their style was classic and elegant with a hint of Gatsby inspired, art deco flair. In our first appointment, Elena’s sketch of a ribbon and wax seal evolved into a beautiful foil and letterpress invitation. Once they were designed and printed, we carefully wrapped each one with a ribbon and added a shimmery wax seal. We’re still so in love with the finished suite. Once the invitations were in the mail, we created monogrammed wedding programs and champagne flute escort cards. Festive gold menus sat at each place setting to compliment the beautiful table numbers that Elena stitched by hand. Here are some of our favorite …

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 …

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 …

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 …