Before You Order: 10 Stationery Words to Know

Never heard of a bellyband? Didn’t know debossing was even a thing? Don’t fret – our invitation terminology guide will have you speaking fluent stationer in a flash.


    Never heard of a bellyband? Didn’t know debossing was even a thing? Don’t fret – our invitation terminology guide will have you speaking fluent stationer in a flash.

    Foil Stamping

    A sheet of metallic paper is layered on the invite, then stamped to create a textural design.

    Debossing

    Indentations are pressed into the paper to create a design. With no ink involved, this technique is best used to create subtle imagery instead of crucial wording.

    Thermography

    A cheaper alternative to engraving – the final effect is similar, but costs 20 to 25 per cent less. Ink powder is applied and heated to create raised lettering – for best effect, choose a light paper and dark ink.

    Embossing

    An image is placed between two metal molds – results in a textural effect.

    Engraving

    An etched plate is pressed into the back of paper to create raised letting. Ink is then applied atop the letters. 

    Screen printing

    Ink is pressed through stenciled woven mesh to create a design that looks hand-painted.

    Laser cut

    A laser is used to cut intricate patterns into paper.

    Offset

    The type of printing conducted by photocopiers or computer printers – suitable for delicate materials such as tissue paper or rice paper.

    Letterpress

    Ink is pushed into the paper creating an indented effect. 

    Bellyband

    A decorative band of fabric, ribbon, string or paper that wraps around your invitation, RSVP card and any other extras to keep them neatly together. 


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