Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wedding Stationery Guide: Printing Methods

To kick off the wedding stationery guide, I'm going to give a brief overview of the three printing methods offered at Banter & Charm: Flat Printing, Letterpress, and Foil Stamping.

With flat printing (also know as digital printing) ink is transferred to paper by a digital printing press, the ink lays down flat on the paper leaving a smooth finish. Flat printing produces high quality prints in a wide variety of colors, making it ideal for photo cards, designs with multiple colors, or with large areas of color. All designs are available in flat printing.
The full color photo and multiple shades of green (shown in the save the date below) is a great example of a design that is best suited for flat printing.

flat print wedding save the dates

With letterpress, ink is transferred from a raised surface (a printing plate) to paper using the pressure from an antique press, creating impressions in the paper. A custom letterpress plate is created for each ink color, then paper is hand fed through an antique press one at a time.

Letterpress is priced per ink color. Because a separate printing plate is made for blind letterpress*, it counts as a "color" for pricing purposes.

1, 2, or 3 color designs with minimal ink coverage work best for letterpress. Most designs are available in letterpress, or can be re-worked to be suitable for letterpress. Letterpress can be paired with foil stamping or flat printing.

*Blind letterpress—no ink, just impression—produces a subtle elegant look. The Harmony invitation design shown below features blind letterpress for the lace graphic on the bottom portion of the invite.

blind impress wedding invitations with lace

A heated die is used to press metallic foil to paper, leaving an impression similar to letterpress. Like letterpress, a custom die is made, and paper is fed through a press one piece at a time. However foil is shiny and opaque (as opposed to letterpress inks that are slightly transparent). This means foil can be printed on dark papers with no show through.

We offer three standard foil colors: gold, silver, and rose gold. However other colors (like white, shiny black, or bright pink) are available for special order.

Foil works best with minimal designs without delicate lines or large areas of color, and can be paired with letterpress or flat printing.

foil stamp wedding invitation suite

Check back later for a more in depth look at these printing methods, and to find out about the other customization options available at Banter & Charm! You can find all the posts in this series here: The Wedding Stationery Guide

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