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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Thank You, Thank You

Eeks we’re so excited! We want to shout out a big THANK YOU because earlier this year, we were honored with Borrowed & Blue’s Gold Award for the second year in a row. This particular award is voted on by industry professionals, reminding us how grateful we are to be surrounded by such a wonderful and supportive network of local vendors. Today, we’re showing off a few of our favorite B&B Real Weddings. These North Fork weddings sure know how to show off some sweet and romantic style. Deanna + Jason We loved being a part of this happy couple’s dreamy barn wedding at Hallockville Museum Farm. Every detail was planned to perfection from the vibrant bouquets by Jenny at Wildflower to …

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 …