Formal Lasercut Wedding Invitation, Black thermography with ivory lasercut gatefold

Thermography – Invitation Printing 101

Fat Cat Paperie Tips & Tricks


What is thermography? 

Thermography is a raised ink —  the first step into the world of textured printing techniques.

It's 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 inks are applied separately, thermography printing is a great option for classic designs with one or two ink colors. The final product is usually glossy but matte finishes are also available.

The Basics

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


Less is More

Sometimes one color is all you need. This design uses classic typefaces and black ink. Framed beautifully with a subtle embossed border.


It's kind of like Build-A-Bear, but with fine papers and ribbon.

Let's Play Dress Up!

We also love dressing up thermography wedding invitations with laser-cut accents, layers and pockets. It's kind of like Build-A-Bear, but with fine papers and ribbon. We can take a simple, classic invitation and embellish it to match your style. 


Ready to Get Started?

As with any raised or indented ink, seeing it in person is a must! Contact us to set up an appointment in either our Center Moriches or Mineola Studio. If you live out of town or have an extra busy schedule, let's set up a phone or video consultation followed up by a snail-mailed box of handpicked invitation samples. 

xoxo, Fat Cat

ps: You can learn about the other printing processes too — digital printing, 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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