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You've recently gotten engagedto be married, and your thoughts are going to your wedding invitations. A necessary part of any wedding, your invitations will not only provide the details of the event, they will set the tone for your special day. Many decisions will need to be made regarding the selection of your invitations and you'll want to choose one that best suits you and your financé's style and personality.

You may be considering making your invitations yourself. While handmade invitations are sometimes unique, there are some aspects to professionally printed invitations that you just can't achieve on a home computer and printer. One thing is for sure, the wording that a home printer will put on your invitation will just lay flat on the paper. Perhaps you've selected a very pretty paper, but the bottom line is that there's nothing you can do to spice up the print!

Tried-and-true techniques for printing still exist and are truly appreciated by paper aficionados. These printing processes which are available on wedding invitations include genuine copperplate engraving, thermography, and letterpress and are all performed in the USA.

For centuries, copperplate engraving has been the ultimate standard in printing. This printing process requires a copper die to be made with the wording etched into it in reverse. Then, ink is coated onto the die and the excess ink is wiped away, leaving ink remaining in the recessed areas. The die is then pressed against the paper with 2000 pounds of force which will result in the ink transferring onto the paper. The resulting appearance is that of slightly raised ink. Typically, the copperplate die is returned to the customer as a memento.

Thermography, or raised printing, provides nearly the same look and feel as engraving but at a lower cost. Thermography is achieved by applying a powder made of resin to the wet ink on the paper. The paper is then passed under a heat source which causes the powder to melt into the ink, resulting in the ink being "raised".

The letterpress process has been in existence for many years, but recently has become a much-sought after technique for many brides. A plate is also required for letterpress, but instead of the type being recessed into the plate, it is necessary for the type to be raised off the plate. The raised area is then inked and pressed into the paper stock, giving the text the rich appearance of depth.

The choices are endless for your wedding invitations. Why not let skilled and experienced artisans print an invitation for you that you'll be proud to call your own for many years to come?

By Jeanne Woodyard

Jeanne has worked in the printing industry for nearly 30 years and became the new owner of on January 1, 2012.
When not working with our customers, Jeanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, RVing with her husband and spoiling her two kitties.


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