What type of printing methods do you offer?
We offer a variety of printing method options. Thermography, Digital, Letterpress, Engraving, Enhanced Raised Foil, and Foil-Stamping are some of our favorite printing processes. Most of our personalized paper products are printed using thermography, a process that creates a beautiful, raised effect on the ink. Most envelope flaps are flat printed. Foil stamping and etching is an option for many accessory items.
Engraving is a printing technique done by cutting an impression into the surface of a metal die. The die is then inked and wiped clean, leaving ink in the cavities of the impression. The paper/print material is then placed on the die and pressed into the cavities creating a raised, inked design.
Enhanced Raised Foil
An innovative printing process that adds a dramatic layer of metallic foil - resulting in a shiny, raised effect that pops off the paper and gleams in the light. Real foil adheres to the top of raised designs and lettering, adding dimension and shine to these products.
The process includes a heated die stamped onto foil, which adheres to the surface of the paper and leaves the design of the die behind. You can create custom foil designs or choose from our collection of stock foil designs.
Letterpress printing begins as a digital design, which is sent to film as a negative and then exposed to a plate. The plate is then pressed to individual sheets of paper. A heavily impressed image on thick paper leaves the design and wording crisp and sharp.
Thermography is a printing technique done by adding resin powder to wet ink on a print surface and then heating it to create a raised effect.
We use White Toner Printing technology, which is state-of-the-art equipment designed to use white toner instead of run-of-the-mill white ink to get that bright and fully saturated white ink look. The white toner is printed flat on the paper resulting in crisp, defined edges and details.
What specialty print finishes do you offer?
Embossing is a printing technique done by pressing an image into a print surface to create a raised design. Ink or foil is then applied to the raised design to add drama and dimension.
Blind embossing is a printing technique done by pressing an image into a print surface to create a raised design. It is called "blind" embossing, because the design is created without ink or foil.
Debossing is a printing technique done by pressing an image into a print surface to create an indented design. The design is created without ink or foil.
A deckle edge is the natural, untrimmed edge of a paper usually slightly uneven and sometimes slightly thinner than the rest of the sheet.
Pearlizing is a process done by applying a luminous pearl-like finish to part of a printed piece, usually an embossed design.
The process of using sharp metal rules to cut shapes and designs into paper from a metal form called a die. Die-cutting includes cutout shapes and sculpted edges.
A panel is produced when a defined area of a piece of paper is sunk below the normal surface, essentially creating a raised frame around it. Panel may also be used to refer to the individual sections or "pages" of a folded invitation. A tri-fold, for example, has two folds to create three panels.
What paper options do you have?
Bright white is the ultimate in white; very crisp, pure, and vivid.
Soft-white is a toned down, softer shade of white with a hint of creamy color used to create it.
White is the standard shade of white, middle-ground when comparing to soft white and bright white.
Ecru is a warm, creamy, very light brown color.
A durable, somewhat translucent paper made to imitate authentic parchment, which is processed from animal hides (usually sheep or goats).
Vellum is a paper with a smooth, rich finish.
What types of folds are available?
A card is a non-folding piece of paper with printing generally done on the front.
A folder is a piece of paper folded a single time to create a top fold or side fold with printing generally done on the front.
A sheet of paper folded in half twice to create four panels (front, inside left, inside right, and back).
A short-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded once, although not exactly in half, forming a shorter front panel with a longer back panel.
A tri-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded twice to form three panels.
A Z-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded twice in zigzag fashion - like a fan or an accordion - to create three panels.
Although not a fold, layers is a term used to define the multiple pieces of paper or other items assembled loosely or fastened together with glue, ribbon, etc., to create an invitation or other stationery ensemble.
What are double envelopes and inner envelopes?
A set of two envelopes traditionally used with formal invitations and announcements. The inner envelope holds the invitation and enclosures and is placed inside the outer envelope for mailing.
What are liners?
Refers to envelope liners. Liners are the decorative paper used to cover the inside of an envelope for a coordinated, finished touch.