Flat printing or digital printing takes a digitally based image and transfers it to paper creating a smooth image with no impressions or raised text. The largest difference between flat printing and letterpress or engraving is that no special plate is needed in the process. Because of this, an unrestricted number of colors can be used without affecting the price.
While flat printing can be used for wedding invitations, it is most traditionally used for day of paper goods including wedding programs or dinner menus.
Pros: unrestricted number of colors, fast turnaround time
Cons: no raised or impressed texture
Click here to see an example of digital printing on a variety of paper colours.
Letterpress is currently considered the most modern and popular printing option for wedding invitations and paper goods. Its luxurious look and timeless feel can be both feminine and fun.
Letterpress is a printing technique in which a raised plate of the invitation design or desired artwork is inked and pressed onto paper. The pressure of the transfer leaves the traditionally thick and soft stock with a deep impression of the design. Each piece of paper is fed individually through an antique printing press for each color being printed. This is why letterpress printing is priced on a per color basis.
Pros: luxurious feel and look, heavily texturized and thick stock, in vogue
Cons: not ideal for invites with over 3 different ink colors, longer turnaround time
Click here to see an example of Letterpress printing with custom ink colour.
Other Paper and Printing Treatment options**:
- 100% Cotton – Can be produced with full colour single or both sides. Bright White, Off-White or Cream shades. (20pt).
- Pearl Shimmer – Available in: Silver, Platinum, Pink, Gold, Oyster, etc. All have hints of green, blue, pink and yellow when they catch the light. Click here to see an example.
- Spot UV Gloss – Applied to the surface, creating a clear and shiny layer on top of the printed artwork. Direct attention to the important aspects of your printed design, or create subtle design elements that can only be seen reflecting in the light. (16pt with either a standard Semi Gloss coating, or Smooth Matte Laminate coating). Click here to see an example, and here to see another :)
- Custom Shape – Die-cut designs can be printed in the unique shape you desire.
- Embossing – Makes elements of your print literally stand out, raising areas of one side of the card in your design.
- Debossing – Creates an impression of your design into one side of the cardstock.
- Foil – Your foil colour is stamped onto the card for stunning results. Premium foil colours are also available: Metallic Black, Red, Gold, Silver, Matte White, and more.
- 100% Recycled – Available in a wide range of stock options and colours, such as white, brown kraft, or pulp. Click here to see an example of brown kraft.
- Bamboo – For a beautiful texture and off-white shade (16pt or 36pt).
- Gold Coated – Can be printed on with regular ink, offering a premium product at an affordable price. (19pt = a highly reflective gold colour for brilliant shine and an all over metallic effect. 20pt Soft Matte Gold = a more subtle matted metallic shine and silky feel).
- Silver Sparkle – An uncoated textured stock. 2-ply. Can be sparkly on both sides or have an uncoated white stock on the back.
- Cork – A layer of acid-free cork mounted onto another stock, or choose 2-ply Cork on both sides.
- Wood – Made from 100% biodegradable wood. Smooth Wood: Luxury at a more affordable price, available in four shades: Smooth Birch, Smooth Cherry, Smooth Kiri and Smooth Walnut. Natural Wood: Double thick 2-ply. Naturally rough texture and raw feel. Available in three shades: Natural Birch, Natural Cherry and Natural Walnut.
- and more!
*This information has been sourced from dweddings.com
**This information has been sourced from jukeboxprint.com