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Stationery: Print Types


Digital Press

Digital printers spray the ink onto the paper rather than imprint it. As a result, digital images tend to have flat, one-dimensional appearance, however the rich colors provided by a high-end printing system more than make up for the difference.

Digital printing is the preferred choice for reproducing color and black-and-white photographs on cards, announcements and invitations. No other printing method can match the crisp look and true color match that digital printing provides.

This is a fast, affordable method of printing ideal for full-color, small run projects.

  • Paper ::  80lb | 100lb  cover
  • 1-2 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.

Lithography/Offset Print

Lithography/Offset printing is created by ink being applied to a printing plate. It is the most common printing technique for publications like books and newspapers.

This method of printing requires a plate for each color, ideal for large run projects.

  • Paper ::  80lb | 100lb | 110lb | 140lb  cover
  • 2-4 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.


Thermography involves adding a resinous powder to the printing ink. When the combination is heated and dried it creates a slightly raised effect. This is also a great way to apply light color/metallic ink to dark card stock paper.

These methods of printing require a plate for each color/piece.

  • Paper ::  80lb | 100lb | 110lb | 140lb  cover
  • 2-4 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.

Screen Printing

Screen printing involves creating a stencil of an image on a screen of porous mesh, traditionally made of silk.  A roller or squeegee is used to pull paint-like ink over the stencil, forcing it through the mesh onto the paper being printed.  Unlike the inks used in some other forms of printing, screen printing ink sits right on the surface of paper, resulting in incredibly rich, vibrant color.

Screen printing can also be used on a variety of surfaces, so anything that has a flat surface can be printed; paper, chipboard, fabrics, wood, leather and metal…

This method of printing requires a screen for each piece/color.

  • Paper ::  110lb | 140lb | 220lb  cover
  • 2-4 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is somewhat similar to letterpress and engraving, in that the color is applied to paper with pressure. The dies are heated and then stamped with enough pressure to seal a thin layer of foil to the paper.

This method of printing requires a metal die for each piece/color.

  • Paper ::  110lb | 140lb | 220lb  cover
  • 4-6 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.


Letterpress printing involves setting type and motifs in reverse on a letterpress plate. The plate is then inked and pressed onto the surface of a paper. The pressing process transfers the ink and leaves a deep impression on the paper creating a three dimensional print that has a feel unlike any other type of printing.

The nature of letterpress printing demands a high quality, and generally heavier weight paper that will not tear or thin when pressed. 100% cotton CRANE’S LETTRA® Papers have the feel of fabric and the look of hand made art paper. And while it is engineered to stand up to the great pressures of letterpress printing, CRANE’S LETTRA® Papers perform equally well with offset lithography; engraving; stamping; and inkless processes such as embossing, debossing, or die-cutting.

This method of printing requires a plate for each color/piece.

  • Paper ::  110lb cover (21.5 pt) Crane’s Lettra  |  220lb cover (40.3 pt) Crane’s Lettra
  • 4-8 weeks from final proof approval
  • Want a quote? Contact me.

I hope you find this helpful. Comment below if you have any questions or Contact me for a quote.

In Stationery

Stationery: Paper

Paper is the foundation of your stationery and there are two basic weights that you will encounter when building your stationery suite.

Text* :: 24 to 80 lb | Most commonly used at work/home, it’s your basic copy/print ‘letterhead‘ paper.
Stationery Uses: envelope liner, program, card/bottle/candy wrapper, personal stationery…

Cover/Cardstock* :: 80 to 220 lb | Most commonly used for business cards and postcards.
Stationery Uses: invite card, response card, program, gift/favor tag, signage…

*80 lb text is totally different than 80 lb cover/cardstock. It has less to do with the weight and more to do with the quality or thickness of a given sheet of paper. To see the difference between 2 sheets of text/cover hold each up to the light.

The higher the quality/thickness of the cover/cardstock paper the less it bends the more impressive your stationery will be. As for text the less you can see through the better, especially if you are printing on both sides. Both weights also come in a variety of finishes and textures (ex: matte, glossy, metallic, linen, felt… ), which can also add to the overall look and feel of your suite.

Envelopes :: 65 to 80 lb text | Available in a variety of colors, textures and metallics to coordinate with your color palette with square and contour flaps (see below). You can add a textured or graphic print liner to give your suite a sense of luxury or a splash of color.


After working with several paper brands I definitely have my favorites and will make suggestion based on your project. If necessary I can put together samples for you to touch and feel before making a decision.

Next week I’ll be sharing about print types and the recommended paper weights for each.