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 …

Digital Printing, Rustic Invitation with Wreath and Monogram, Flat Printing, Whimsical wedding

Invitation Printing 101 – Digital Printing

Welcome to the holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer! In my last post (check it out here if you missed it), I gave you a brief overview of the most popular printing methods we offer for your invitations and stationery. Today, we’re going to dive into digital printing! The Basics First Look: • Smooth ink, not raised or indented • Can be printed on a smooth or lightly textured, matte or metallic paper It’s great for: • Casual and whimsical weddings • Birthday parties and other laid back events • Photo save the dates • Designs that incorporate an array of colors It’s often combined with: • Layered paper • Foil stamped details Details and Samples Digital printing (also …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Diana+Jeremy, blush rose wedding invitation, letterpress

2016 Favorites: Round 1

It’s that time of year again… time to look back and revisit some of our favorite invitations and announcements from the past year. We are so grateful to have worked with so many wonderful clients in 2016. We truly enjoy the creative process whether it involves brainstorming up a completely custom design or finding the perfect shade of gold for a classic invitation. We love it all and we are so appreciative of everyone who has trusted us with their special day. Without further ado, here are just a few of our 2016 favorites… Kristen + Tyler This invitation is perfectly classic, which was exactly what Kristen and her mom had in mind. It’s all about pretty fonts on beautiful paper. It …

Yay, It’s Summer!

Summer is here and we’re so excited! We’re celebrating the summer kickoff with a few of our favorite vibrant and festive invitations. “Vista” by Smock Summery ocean blues are perfect for a beach wedding. We love that these beloved whimsical fonts are shown off in shimmery silver foil. “Katherine” by B.T.Elements This breezy suite perfectly describes the term casual elegance. The gold foil details add an extra special touch to this floral design. “Halifax” by Smock These purples, reds and pinks remind me of a fiery summer sunset. Is your style bold, out-of-the-ordinary and a little daring? We can’t wait to meet you 😉 “Yountville” by Dauphine The pink and lime color palette adds an unexpected touch to this classic, nautical invitation. The striking …

Talia and Kevin

2015 Favorites: Part 2

Just in case you missed last week’s post, we’re reminiscing about some of our favorite designs from this past year. Here’s “Part 2” of our most-loved wedding and party invitations from 2015… Katie and Rich Of course I had to sneak this in here! What kind of designer would I be if I didn’t love my own wedding invitation and save the date?!? —- Laura and Andrew I just love this in-progress shot of Laura and Andrew’s wax sealed invitations. These were eventually slipped into clear bags so that their guests saw this beautiful wax seal as soon as they opened their mail box. We think first impressions are so important and these invitations certainly make a memorable one! —- Natalie …