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 …

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 …

Samantha Bridal Shower, Calipsofold Invitation, Keeping it all together

Part 1: Keeping It All Together – Pockets, Ribbon and Twine

Welcome to the first of two posts explaining how to “keep it all together” — and no, I’m not referring to the emotional stress of planning a wedding ? I’m talking about the many ways to package your invitation suite together to create a beautiful presentation for your guests. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression so it’s important to put some extra thought and care into your invitation suite. For many of our clients, a beautifully printed invitation with complimentary envelope liner is the perfect presentation. But what about the rest of our brides? We often hear, “I want something that will continue to hold all the pieces together after my guests open the envelope.” This …

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, …

Flower girl with the horses

Laura and Anthony’s Martha Clara Wedding

We absolutely love vineyard weddings… …and this one is no exception! Laura and Anthony were married last June at the beautiful Martha Clara Vineyards. Warm spring air, horses grazing in the pastures and the flower girl’s sweet floral crown made this day nothing but lovely. Fat Cat’s Art Director, Katie, had so much fun designing these custom, letterpress invitations. Katie and Laura have a shared love of rustic details so this suite included everything she loves the most – kraft paper, whimsical fonts and edge painting! We were so happy to receive this sweet message from the happy couple… Katie,  We cannot thank you enough for bringing our vision for our invitations to life! Your design is absolutely perfect and the finished product …

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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 …

Deanna + Jason

Celebrating August

Summer is almost over but there are still lots of things to celebrate at Fat Cat! We would like to congratulate all of our August brides and grooms on their recent nuptials. Here are a few of our favorite invitations from last month…   NICOLE + MATTHEW Fat Cat’s Art Director, Katie, truly enjoyed working with Nicole and Matthew to design all the paper details for their lovely wedding at Bedell Cellars on Long Island’s North Fork. Their beautiful invitation was printed on Smock’s exclusion 3-ply bamboo paper. It was accompanied by a lace bellyband and floral envelope liner.   —– LYNNETTE + RICHARD Lynnette knew this was her invitation from the moment she first saw it on our website. This Fat Cat original is …

Stephanie and Joe

In the Spotlight: Winery Weddings

It’s officially warm weather wedding season! Hooray!! We love a fabulous rustic wedding, especially one that takes place outdoors at one of Long Island’s many beautiful wineries. Laura and Anthony Twine, letterpress and edge painting — what’s not to love?!? Fat Cat’s Art Director, Katie, had so much fun working with Laura and Anthony to create their dream invitation. The result shows all the rustic elegance of a Martha Clara Wedding. Stephanie and Joseph Stephanie and Joe’s beautiful wedding took place at the lovely Pellegrini Vineyards. They chose this woodgrain textured, letterpress invitation with whimsical fonts designed by Elum. This wedding was featured on WellWed. Check it out! Olivia and Christopher It was so nice to work with Olivia and …

Maya Bow

Celebrating May

The month of May flew by at Fat Cat. We’ve been working non-stop on lovely summer and autumn invitations and day-of stationery. Now that it’s officially June, we would like to showcase a few of our favorite May invitations. Melissa + Joseph After designing her sister’s wedding invitations last year, it was such a nice surprise when Melissa and her mom walked back into Fat Cat’s Center Moriches Studio a few months ago. Fat Cat’s Art Director, Katie, had so much fun working with them to create this nautical invitation complete with a custom map envelope liner for their Land’s End celebration. This invitation was designed by Fat Cat Paperie and printed by Designer’s Fine Press. Maya This sweet First …