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The Process of Invitation Printing

Invitations set the tone for the event that follows. Careful design and execution is essential to achieve a desirable effect with any printing project, particularly your own. The process by which we prepare, print, and distribute invitations is similar to the processes for the other project types we handle.

The first step is requesting a quote. Depending upon the complexity of your invitation printing project, we will send you an estimate the next day. We offer estimates on our printing and fulfillment services. After filling out the applicable forms, provided on our website, send them back to us by email, fax, or snail mail.

Next, send us your content, including digital image files, images to be scanned, and proofed copy. We will then send you a production schedule detailing the steps of your project with an ETA on the finished print materials. From start to finish, we will stay in touch and let you know how things are going.

We have many different printing techniques that we can apply to your project. CJPW makes use of thermography printing to simulate engraving. This method is less expensive than traditional engraving. However, we are also capable of incorporating embossing, engraving, and other techniques.

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Printing Technology: Thermography Printers

We can put our technology to work for you, saving you money in the process. Some printing techniques, like engraving and embossing, require careful and skilled work that many printing companies are not prepared to produce. These services are more expensive. However, as themography printers, we have solutions for projects with limited budgets. With thermography we are able to print raised copy and art at a lower cost than traditional methods. While not the same as engraving or embossing, the effect achieved with thermography is quite pleasing in its own right and should be considered if you are interested in lifting your message off the page, so to speak.

Printing Techniques: Embossing, Engravers

CJPW is lead by Louis LaValle, a master in the art of printing, who founded this company after honing and refining his craft for over 40 years. This experience allows CJPW to offer our clientele services including techniques such as embossing, engraving, and foil stamping.

Engraving can be considered a close cousin to one of the original forms of printing – letterpress – also known as relief printing. Printers and engravers used foundry type, each letter of the alphabet being cast or molded in a foundry or on a line-casting machine – a miniature stamping die.

Whether for stationery or invitation printing, engraving requires steel, copper or magnesium dies with the images to be printed etched below the surface of the plate, a form of intaglio printing. A resin-based counter is also required which is a mirror image of the printing area and acts as a receiver to the master die. A normal after-effect of engraving is that the area surrounding the engraving plate will be flattened and smoothed. The size of this halo will vary according to how the die is made and finished.

Presses exert extreme pressure on the sheet to be engraved. Ink is spread over the die so that the recesses, or image areas, are filled with ink, then scraped off and finally pressed into the paper. That is why engraved items have a visible impression on the reverse side, with a small amount of raise on the front side.

Because engraving presses are not fast, like offset equipment, costs are higher than traditional offset, especially when you add the die cost. However, engraving dies can be used repeatedly. Depending on your artwork, dies are made from magnesium, copper or steel and vary incrementally in cost.

Consider incorporating one of these techniques into your next printing project. CJPW can make your invitation printing project a great success, with a distinguished and stylish end product.


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