Oh, the many ways to print your wedding invitation!

Oh, the many ways to print!

There are so many ways that we can print your wed­ding invi­ta­tion.  Each tech­nique more intri­cate than the oth­er.  Our friends at Carl­son Craft, one of our pre­ferred print hous­es, put togeth­er these awe­some videos that visu­al­ly show you the dif­fer­ence between a foil stamp print­ing tech­nique, ther­mo­graph­ic print­ing, let­ter­press print­ing and laser cut print­ing.     Watch, learn and enjoy!

Foil Stamping

Foil stamp­ing is a spe­cial kind of print­ing pro­ce­dure where heat, pres­sure, and metal­lic foil is used to cre­ate dif­fer­ent shiny designs and graph­ics on var­i­ous paper stocks.   Foil stamp­ing gives the stamped design a metal­lic and very lux­u­ri­ous appear­ance.  A met­al plate is cre­at­ed as the “stamp” first, then the heat­ing and stamp­ing takes place.  Some foil stamp machines are man­u­al, mean­ing the per­son oper­at­ing the machine man­u­al­ly places each piece of paper into the machine before it is stamped.  The video below shoes an auto­mat­ic machine.  Check out the process below.

Thermographic Printing Technique

Ther­mo­graph­ic print­ing is a prac­ti­cal alter­na­tive to engrav­ing.  Engrav­ing was used as one of the first print­ing tech­niques but not used near­ly as often any more.  Ther­mo­graph­ic print­ing is so much more afford­able, but still ver­sa­tile enough to let you ful­fill your most exquis­ite taste in design. While engrav­ing rais­es the paper sur­face, ther­mo­graph­ic print­ing rais­es the image.  This is achieved by sprin­kling pow­dered resin onto wet ink, then heat-fus­ing it onto the sheet. The end result is a tex­tured, raised and shiny fin­ish.

Laser Cutting

Laser cut­ting is a tech­nol­o­gy that uses an actu­al laser to cut var­i­ous mate­ri­als.  We have to be care­ful with the weight of card­stock cho­sen when using this type of print­ing tech­nique as thin­ner stocks may not work as well as a thick­er stock.

Letterpress Printing Technique

Let­ter­press print­ing is a tech­nique of relief print­ing using a print­ing press, a process by which many copies are pro­duced by repeat­ed direct impres­sion of an inked, raised sur­face against sheets or a con­tin­u­ous roll of paper.  The end result cre­ates an indent­ed or impres­sion of the images and typog­ra­phy into a very thick cot­ton paper.

Each print­ing tech­nique comes with dif­fer­ent price points, and you can actu­al­ly com­bine two dif­fer­ent tech­niques into one project, or even three or all four!

Come on in for a con­sul­ta­tion and I can show you tan­gi­ble exam­ples of each print­ing tech­nique.  Click here to sched­ule a com­pli­men­ta­ry con­sul­ta­tion.

About Cup­cake Graph­ics:

Cup­cakes Graph­ics, based in New­town, PA, spe­cial­izes in design­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing bou­tique wed­ding invi­ta­tions, day-of sta­tionery suites and their best-sell­ing seat­ing charts. Since 2012, founder and own­er Melis­sa Nini has chan­neled her pas­sion for design by cre­at­ing ful­ly cus­tomized wed­ding suites for all types of cou­ples in the cen­tral New Jer­sey and greater Philadel­phia area.

The win­ner of a Wed­ding­Wire Cou­ples’ Choice Award three years in a row and win­ner of the Best of Bucks Wed­ding Invi­ta­tion cat­e­go­ry, Cup­cake Graph­ics meets any design chal­lenge to per­fect­ly set the mood for the big day. To learn more about Cup­cake Graph­ics, vis­it their web­site at http://cupcake-graphics.com/.

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