Curious as to how we actually make such beautiful designs? Okay. We would love to share our methods with you! Be warned... This is going to get a little technical.
Here are the different methods and techniques we use to make your invitations and art come to life.
Engraving An image is etched into a metal plate that’s then filled with ink. Paper is then pressed onto the plate to receive the ink. This creates a raised type on the front.
Thermography Thermography is a process that uses powder and heat to create raised ink, resulting in an elegant, tactile effect. A resin powder is applied to the paper, adhering to the ink. The printed piece is heated and the mixture of powder and ink dries, forming the raised effect.
Screen printing Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. One color is printed at a time; several screens can be used to produce a multicolored design. Letterpress
Letterpress Letterpress is the oldest printing process. In this method, a surface with raised letters is inked and pressed to the surface. Letterpress is a wonderful choice for highlighting fine details.
Embossing Embossing alters the surface of paper stock providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The procedure requires the use of two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression
Debossing Debossing is similar to embossing, but recesses the design rather than raising it. Rather than the paper being raised in specific areas, it is indented.
Foil Stamping Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. This process is a popular choice for wedding invitations as it can significantly elevate the formality of a piece. Foil stamping can be combined other print techniques to provide a stunning look. We just added rose gold foil.
Digital Digital printing has enabled full-color printing on card stocks, papers and envelopes at a lower cost and quicker turnaround as there are no plates required or expensive set up fees to accomplish this type of printing. Digital printing is perfect for watercolor, hand-painted or multicolored aesthetics, photos and beautiful typography. We also offer digital silver, gold and white to give a more elegant look with a lower price tag.
Die Cut Die cut involves cutting shapes in cardstock using a die. This is used to create a monogram or round an edge.
Laser Cut The paper is cut to precision giving it a look and style all its own. You won't believe this isn't real lace. The laser-cut wrap of ecru shimmer paper surrounds an ecru card printed with your wedding news. Exquisite!
Add on Services:
Envelope Addressing We are happy to address your guests envelopes in a matching font and color to provide a seamless look. Your guests will be very excited to open the mailbox and find a stunning envelope or box beautifully addressed.
Assembly Services: *see Mailing services below for more details. Preparing invitation suite for the post office We assembly your invitations according to the timeless etiquette do’s and don’ts, seal the envelopes and apply the postage. We deliver them to the post office and request they are hand cancelled.
Monogram and Logo Design We design a “brand” for your wedding and include it throughout the process. It is incorporated in the save the date cards, invitations and day of signage to provide your guests with an experience.
Floor and Wall Lighting We provide your logo / monogram to your lighting company so that your design can be lit on the dance floor or on a backdrop behind your sweetheart table.
Hotel Welcome Baskets All stationery needed to welcome your guests. Name tags, itinerary’s, points of interest.
Water Bottle Labels Our water bottle labels are water resistant and will delight your guests with another custom design to give them the total event experience. They can be used for an outdoor cocktail hour, hotel welcome bags, bridal party getting ready rooms, in the limo and be given to the guests for the ride home.
Theresa Jatko Designs is a full-service stationer, we offer stuffing, stamping and mailing service for our clients. If you choose to have us mail your save the dates or invitations, this is what happens:
Before anything is mailed, we personally take your stationery suite to the post office and have it weighed to determine the correct postage. We then acquire the postage on your behalf. We only acquire the postage needed based on your list as the USPS will not return postage. The cost of the postage is added to your invoice so that we can be reimbursed for the postage acquired on your behalf. You will receive an invoice with the cost of the postage and assembly for our service, detailing what was included. That must be paid prior to your invitations being mailed.
We will hold on to your extra stationery pieces for a period of two weeks. If after 7–10 mailing days, an invitation set does not arrive, gets returned to you, or arrives damaged to one of your guests, we’re happy to mail another set out on your behalf from the extra save the dates or invitations you ordered. After your initial mailing, each additional round of mailing will be $35 plus any calligraphy, shipping, postage or stationery charges that may apply for additional sets.
Once your invitations arrive at the post office, Theresa Jatko Designs is not responsible for how your stationery travels through the mail or if it arrives at the intended destination. We do our best to ensure that your stationery will arrive to its destination in the best shape possible; however, any damage done in the mail is out of our control. Theresa Jatko Designs is not responsible for the arrival of your stationery to your guests.