Invitation Printing 101 – Digital Printing

Fat Cat Paperie Tips & Tricks


What is Digital Printing? 

Digital printing (also known as “flat printing”) uses a high-resolution printer to create a smooth image. Like a print from your home printer, the ink is neither raised nor indented, except in this case we’re using a high-quality printer for crisp, smudge proof text and imagery that you won’t get with an ordinary desktop printer.

Digitally printed invitations and stationery can contain an unlimited amount of colors, so this process is great for vintage florals and ombre backgrounds. It’s the most cost-effective of our printing processes, making it a popular choice for weddings and casual events alike.


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
• Birthdays, bridal showers and other parties
• Photo save the dates
• Designs that incorporate an array of colors

It’s often combined with:
• Layered paper
• Foil stamped details

Another way to jazz up a digitally printed card is to add backing layers. This route is cost effective without sacrificing style.

Baby and Bridal Showers

Digital printing is one of our top choices for baby and bridal shower invitations. We had the pleasure of secretly working with Samantha's mom to create the perfect surprise bridal shower invitation… and then a year later, the perfect baby shower invitation!


Photo Save the Dates

Since photos require flat printing, we also use this method to create photo save the dates and thank you notes. If you’re looking for a little more flair, we love combining it with foil like these gorgeous save the dates. The gold foil is even prettier in person!


A Layered Look

Another way to jazz up a digitally printed card is to add backing layers. This will both frame your invitation and add extra weight giving you a more substantial card. This route is cost effective without sacrificing style. 


From Sundress to Gown

Okay one more for good measure. How beautiful is this blush rose invitation? We love how the gold foil adds another layer of sophistication to this design. The gold details take it from afternoon garden party to formal evening celebration. 


Happy planning!

I hope all this pretty paper leaves you feeling inspired.

xo, Fat Cat

ps: You can learn about the other printing processes too — thermography, letterpress, foil and engraving

Work with Fat Cat from your Couch 

Over-scheduled? Live out of town? Just don’t feel like changing out of your sweatpants to attend another wedding appointment? WE GET IT. We offer video consultations to make your life easier. And, it’s also a great way to work with a bunch of key family members who can’t be in the same place at the same time.

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