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 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 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/.