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Printing Methods

The printing methods we favour are time-honoured, manual processes which means that each of your invitations is handcrafted, often on beloved antique machinery (they almost always have names!) The benefits of foil or letterpress printing are:

- you can use heavy weight paper stocks, unlike in digital printing which have to be fairly light to feed through a digital printer

- foil metallic finishes are unmatched by any other type of print finishes. If you want a lovely shiny gold, silver, rose gold or copper, foil is the only way!

- you will get a gorgeous imprint that adds texture to the surface of your invitations. Digital printing is completely flat.

However foil and letterpress is much more expensive, due to the manual nature of the printing process! So if budget is a concern, we would recommend digitally printing your invitations.


How foil printing works


Hot Foil Printing | Printing Methods | Weddings by Quill London

Your design is etched out of a metal block (called a die). Each colour used in the design requires a different die. The die is fitted into place in the foil-press machine and heated well above 100 degrees. Foil film is then placed over your paper or card. As the heated metal block is pressed onto the card through the foil, the foil is fused onto the surface of the paper all without losing that beautiful shiny-metallic effect. 


How letterpress printing works


Letterpress Printing | Printing Methods | Weddings by Quill London

Letterpress printing is perhaps one of the oldest printing methods still performed today. Simply put, the letterpress process works by applying pressure to an inked plate to transfer a design directly to the paper. Just like foil printing, each colour needs a different plate and the process is predominantly manual.