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Invitation Printing 101 – Digital Printing

Fat Cat Paperie Tips & Tricks

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 referred to 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 casual events.

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 this gorgeous card we designed for a recent wedding at Oheka Castle. The gold foil is even prettier in person!

Georgina and Herbert Save the Date, photo with gold foil detailsGeorgina and Herbert, Photo Save the Date with gold foil, close up

These floral and foil combinations from Bella Figura are printed in the same manner. They incorporate a digitally printed background finished with foil stamped details. I’ll explain the ins and outs of foil in a few weeks so for now just enjoy the pretty metallic details  ?

Arden by Bella Figura, Floral wedding invitation, plum and ivory color palette, copper foil details, digitally printed, patterned envelope liner Sloan by Bella Figura, Modern wedding invitation, Calligraphy style font, bold black and purple digitally printed background with gold foil text

Same is true for this gorgeous watercolor baby announcement that we designed with our friends at Smock last year.

Clio, Baby Announcement by Fat Cat and Smock, Watercolor background with rose gold foil text, calligraphy style font, modern brush stroke envelope liner Clio, Baby Announcement by Fat Cat and Smock, Pink watercolor background with pink foil text

Finally, another way to jazz up a digitally printed invitation is to add backing layers. This will both frame your invitation and add extra weight giving you a more substantial card.

Arielle + Russell, Whimsical Greenery Wedding Invitation, Kraft paper and calligraphy-style font with leafy motif Cheyenne + Jonathan, Engagement Party Invitation, Whimsical design and fonts, purple brown beige and white color palette

These ones from B.T.Elements use multiple layers AND add extra texture with a pretty ribbon detail.

Lily by BTElements, Whimsical greenery wedding invitation, Layered invitation with ribbon detail, Calligraphy style fonts, greenery wreath, digital printing Charlotte by BTElements, Beach theme watercolor waves invitation, Pocket folder with soft gold ribbon detail, whimsical fonts, blue gold and white color palette, digital printing

Hopefully, this helps you on your quest to find the perfect invitation. As always, if you have any questions feel free to call us, we’re happy to help!

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