formal engraved invitation, black and white wedding invitation suite, gold foil envelope liner

Engraving – Invitation Printing 101

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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


Engraving is the most traditional printing method we offer. It’s typically reserved for the most formal of events. This method results in a raised texture on the front and an indented impression on the back (referred to as a bruise). Engraving is a very labor intensive printing method, requiring at least a 6-8 week timeframe in most cases.


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Elegant engraved wedding invitation for an Oheka Castle wedding, gold and white color palette

There are few things more formal than gilded edges. Georgina and Herbert’s wedding was all about classic details with a shimmery hint of glam. Their gold engraved invitation with rounded corners was the perfect first impression for their Oheka Castle wedding.

traditional wedding invitation with hand calligraphy, gold envelope liner, black and white design traditional wedding invitation with hand calligraphy, gold envelope liner, black and white design
This stunning black and white invitation makes quite the impression. Sarah Hanna’s gorgeous custom calligraphy adds a special flair to this traditional suite (follow her on IG). I also can’t get enough of the gold foil envelope liner — the perfect finishing touch!

modern wedding invitation, black and gold with striped envelope liner modern wedding invitation, engraved, black and gold color palette modern wedding invitation with striped envelope liner
Who said a formal invitation can’t be a little modern? I’m absolutely crazy about this typesetting… especially the way the date is offset by that loose, slightly informal script.

nautical wedding invitation, navy and white color palette, engraved invitation
Engraving ink is thick and opaque, allowing light colors inks to be printed on dark paper. This particular invitation is one of my favorite nautical styles. It’s perfectly classic but the bold contrast of white ink on navy paper gives it a bit of a modern twist.

That’s all, folks! Congratulations on making it through Invitation Printing 101 with Fat Cat. Look out for more fun things to come, including our countdown of favorites from 2017!

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