What you need to know

Printing Techniques

If you're new to the world of stationery and printing, you can easily get overwhelmed by the abundance of choice and techniques available out there. If you’re organised and know what you want—hoorah! But if you’re not (and there’s no shame in saying so), here's a rough guide of some of the printing techniques, to make your choices a lot easier.

 
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Full Colour Digital Printing 

Digital printing, also known as 4 colour printing, is when CMYK ink cartridges are used. Because there’s no need for a printing plate (unlike offset printing), digital prints have a quick turnaround and are more cost effective. If you are on a tight budget, digital printing is the most economical choice for you. There is a minimum of 20 invites for digital printing.

Paper Thickness: Maximum advised is between 300-350gsm
Paper Color: Ranges from whites, off whites, ivory and even coloured paper stocks
Paper Texture: Available in smooth, matte or even textured stocks
Pricing: Starts from $5.00 per card
Estimated turnaround time: 1 week +/-

 
 
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Photography by Maras Creative

 
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Photography by Erin and Tara Photography

 
 
 

White Ink Digital Printing

White ink printing (also known as a specialty ink), uses the same method of digital printing that 4 colour printing does. Perfect for when you don't want to spend extra on foiling or letter press, a white ink print on darker shades of paper stock can add that little something special to your stationery. There is a minimum of 20 invites for white ink digital printing.

Paper Thickness: Maximum advised is between 300-350gsm
Paper Colour: : Darker colours, for e.g. black, grey, burgundy, emerald green and many more
Paper Texture: Available in smooth, matte or even textured stock
Pricing: Starts from $6.00 per card
Estimated turnaround time: 1 week +/-

 
 
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Photography by Adrian Tuazon Photography

Photography by Adrian Tuazon Photography

 

Letter Press

Letter press is a process by which a polymer plate is attached to the base of the letter press machine. The plate is then inked and pressed onto a surface (paper) to create an indentation which creates a 'raised' effect.

Paper Thickness: Up to 600gsm
Paper Color: Available in an array of colours.
Paper Texture: There's a range of 100% cotton paper available in whites and off-whites. Letter press can also be done on plain matte paper stocks which has less of an organic feel.
Pricing: Quote is based on quantity needed.
Estimated turnaround time: 3 weeks +/-

 
 
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Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is the application of pressing a heated plate (similar to letter press) on to metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface. Adding foil is a great way to make your invitations look premium and luxurious.

Paper Thickness: Minimum of 270gsm and up to 600gsm.
Foil Color: Available in a variety of colours, with common colours like gold, silver, copper and rose gold. Shades are also available in either a matte or shiny foil.
Paper Texture: Matte and textured paper stocks are the best for foiling. 
Pricing: based on quantity and amount of colors. Please enquire!
Estimated turnaround time: 3 weeks +/-

 
 
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Acrylic 

Acrylic is a useful plastic that resembles glass, but has properties that make it superior to glass in many ways. Etching and printing directly onto acrylic is available in a variety of different colours. But depending on the size of your items, additional vinyl printing onto acrylic might be more cost effective than printing directly especially on some bigger scale items i.e. welcome signs (not seating charts). It really depends on your requirements.

Acrylic Thickness: between 1-3mm.
Acrylic Color: Available in a wide range of colors. Please get in touch if you're interested in a specific colour.
Pricing: Quote is based on quantity and type needed.
Estimated turnaround time: 3-6 weeks +/-

 
 
 

Write it the way you like it!

Font choices

The fonts you choose can set the tone, formality and style of your event. 
What fonts appeal to you more? Do you prefer something simple and modern? Or are you timeless and more traditional? Or maybe you like flourishes and scripts?!

We love testing different fonts to play with, but we always recommend no more than two fonts per suite. However, we encourage mixing two different styles of fonts as it can sometimes produce the best results.

 
 
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Serif

Serif fonts refer to the 'tail' which is at the end of every line in each character. 

Serif fonts have a reputation of looking very traditional and formal. Having said that, serif fonts always make an invite look timeless and sophisticated no matter the type of event. 

 


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San Serif

San serif fonts refer to having no 'tail' in each character. 

San serif fonts typically look more modern and casual. The aesthetic of the font makes it more legible and is often used as a body text font.

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Traditional Script

Script is often more decorative. It looks best in two styles, either a clean computer developed brush calligraphy or old school copperplate calligraphy (pictured). 

Depending on the style of your event, we often recommend using a calligraphy font only for your headings, for e.g. the names on the invite. If used for too much text it becomes hard to read and can overpower the design.

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Handwritten Script

The handwritten script is also quite popular among young couples. Each letter and alphabet are made to look inconsistent, like real handwriting, which gives a personalised feel to the design.

Similar to traditional script, this should be reserved for headings.