Thermography is a popular method of printing invitations because it is both affordable and attractive. This method involves a heat process which uses wet ink and is then sprinkled with a resin powder to create a raised feel when it is dry. The resin and ink fuse together, raising the lettering above the invitation’s surface. The end result is stunning and most preferred by many clients.
Silk screen printing is the process in which a mesh-based stencil is used to apply ink onto the paper. It is also slightly raised over the paper to the touch but is not quite as pronounced as thermography. However, this process creates beautiful invitations and one of a kind sheen.
Digital printing results in a look that’s similar to flat printing but allows for brilliant, long-lasting colors. This printing method eliminates the need for a printing plate, which is used in offset printing, which can save money and time. Because of this, the turnaround time is faster and cost is lower.
Foil stamping uses heat and metallic film to produce a shiny design on paper. Instead of using inks to print, foil stamping uses dies, or metal stamps. The heated dies seal a thin layer of metallic leaf onto a surface. There are many different colors of foil which can be used but the most common are silver and gold. It is slightly more costly because the metal die needs to be made to the specific design and wording and then stamped onto the paper, however it can make a beautiful invitation more elaborate and lively.
Letterpress, like foil stamping, requires a metal plate to be created with the designs and wording before printing begins. Paper is fed through the press and the plate is pressed to the paper creating a heavily impressed image, which leaves the design and wording crisp and sharp in appearance. Time consuming adjustments must be made throughout the press run to make sure the impression pressure is just right. This results in a more expensive cost for the printing method.