Wedding Invitation Printing Terms Glossary

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms Glossary

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms

Are you lost amongst the Wedding Invitation Printing Terms? Here are the explanations you need!  This short glossary will help you find your wedding invitation.  You will learn about printing techniques and see examples.  At the end, you will understand the Wedding Invitation Printing Terms used in product descriptions.

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Blind embossing is used to print in the filigree design.

 

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Blind Embossing

Blind Embossing is when an image is pressed into paper.  The resulting design is raised.  This embossing style is termed “blind” because no ink or foil highlights the design.

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A swirl and star design is debossed on this thank you note.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Debossing

Debossing is when an image is pressed into paper.  The image appears pressed into the paper.  No ink or foil is used to highlight this design either.

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The wedding invitation’s wrap has a beautiful die cut design.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Die-Cutting

Die-Cutting uses sharp metal rules to cut out shapes from paper.  Die cutting can be a design or wording.  The end result should be the removal of paper using a metal die.

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The silver ink on the vines defines the embossed area.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Embossing

Embossing uses ink or foil on the raised area to highlight the design.  This is similar to blind embossing.

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The wording is engraved on this simple wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Engraving

Engraving is a printing process  involving a metal die.  The lettering is cut below the surface of a metal die. The die is inked and wiped clean.   Ink is only left in the impression  of the die. Next, paper is then laid on the die.  The press forces the paper into the impression and the ink is transferred to the paper. When you view the back of the paper you will see a “bruise.”

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These drinking jars have been etched with a monogram.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Etching

Etching is cutting into a glass surface.  This can be performed mechanically or chemically.  The result is a change to the surface of the glass.  You can both see and feel this change.

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The angled stripes and wording are foil stamped on this wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Foil Stamping

Foil stamping involves using heat to stamp a special foil onto paper.  This process can be used for designs , wording , or both.  Items like wedding invitations, Christmas cards or napkins can be foil stamped.

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The lacy swirls on this wedding invitation are pearlized.

Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Pearlizing

Pearlizing is the process that applies luminous pearl-like finish to an invitation.  The pearl finish is usually clear unlike foil.   Many times is will highlight an embossed design.

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Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Thermography

Thermography is a type of printing that uses wet ink.  A  resin powder is added to the wet ink.  Then heat is applied to create a raised surface.  This process can be used  for wording and designs.  The raised ink is difficult to view on a screen. Order a sample invitation to see and feel thermography.

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Wedding Invitation Printing Terms: Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing is a process where images are set into a printing press and inked.  Paper is placed on the inked areas.  Next, pressure is applied to the paper.  The inked images are now printed.  The images are seen by the ink on top of the depressed design.

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These are all of the Wedding Invitation Printing Terms used to create products at Lunarink.com.  If you have a question about any of the terms, please comment below.  For more information on the invitations shown, click on their link.  Samples of each item can obtained for a fee.  Always get a sample of the product you wish to order.  You will better understand the Wedding Invitation Printing Terms used to describe it.

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 5): Ink and Printing

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 5): Ink and Printing

Part 5 of the Wedding Invitations 101 series concentrates on the types of ink and printing style that are offered through our Birchcraft and Carlson Craft wedding invitation lines.

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Both brands offer a rainbow of color inks for you to choose.  Birchcraft prints with soy based inks, except for metallic colors, for all of their wedding invitations.  So going green is as easy as placing your order.

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Most of the wedding invitations from Carlson Craft and Birchcraft are printed using thermography.  Thermography is a printing style where a resin powder is added to wet ink and then heated to create a raised finish.  This process is less expensive then using embossing to print your invitations.  The finished product looks beautiful and has a raised feel.

If you would like more information on printing processes check out Wedding Invitations 101 Part 3 (Printing Processes).  This article goes further in depth into the multiple printing processes used by both Birchcraft and Carlson Craft.  I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 3): Printing Process

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 3): Printing Process

The third part of my Wedding Invitations 101 will focus on various printing processes used to make invitations.  If you are interested in examples of these printing processes, a sample invitation can be ordered.  Many of the different processes are not easily distinguishable by picture but by feel.  So I encourage you to check out several different types before you decide.  Samples can be ordered by clicking on each image and then clicking on “request sample” at the top of the webpage.   Please post any questions or comments below.

Letterpress
letterpress black and white wedding invitation

This style of printing uses a reversed raised surface that is inked and then pressed to paper.   The result is a right reading image.

Thermography

thermograpy printed wedding invitation

This type of printing is created by adding a resin powder to wet ink, which when heated, creates a raised surface.

Glaze Printing

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A coating is added to create a sheen and texture in the printing process.

Foil Stamping

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This effect is achieved when colored foil is hot-stamped onto paper or accessory items, such as napkins.

Thank you to Carlson Craft for their assistance in explaining some of their printing processes.  Thank you also to Wikipedia for their explanation of the process for Letterpress invitations.  If you are interested in a more technical explanation of this process click here.

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 1): Introduction

Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 1): Introduction

For those of you who have an upcoming wedding and are shopping for your wedding stationary, you may be a little confused.  Here is my first article in a series on Wedding Invitations 101.

When you are looking for a wedding invitation, no matter whether its DIY or printed for you, look at the paper.  Most stationers have samples either in the store or you can order a sample.  Take the time to really get the feel of the card stock your stationer is offering.  Its worth the time and investment to do so.

Quality card stock is an important part of selecting your wedding invitation.  No matter the color of your card stock it should have a heavy feel to it.  So before buying a DIY invitation set.  See if you can see and feel the paper before buying it.  It will be easy to tell if your wedding invitation is DIY, if the card stock is not of a high quality.

At Lunar Ink, we have samples available for both of our invitations brands Carlson Craft and Birchcraft.  To order a sample, click on the appropriate button for the type of invitation you are interested in.

If your heart is set on making your own wedding invitations, we have many DIY kits starting at $29.99 that can help you.  The paper is the same as our regular wedding invitations, you just provide the printer and the assembly.  We also have many options that are budget friendly as well.  Our Carlson Craft Simply Sensible Wedding InvitationsBudget Packages, and Value with Style Invitations, will meet your needs.

With our Simply Sensible lines of invitations, you can order wedding invitations as low as $36.90 for 100 invitations.  These budget friendly invitations come in multiple styles, colors and price ranges.  There is something for everyone.  So good luck and best wishes to all of you and we hope you enjoy shopping with us!

Stay tuned for my next article “Wedding Invitations 101 part 2” on invitation folding styles and thermography.