Design Guide

We know choosing your event stationery can be overwhelming. As paper experts, we understand the process behind designing and printing each piece of your suite. From selecting the perfect paper to including unique details, we help guide you each step of the way to ensure your invitations align with your vision and budget.

Our comprehensive design guide provides a road map for where to start as we embark on designing your one-of-a-kind invitations.

Printing Methods          Paper Selection          Extra Details


Choosing A Print Method

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Flat Printing

Flat printing recreates colors and gradients with ease, making it the ideal choice for stationery with watercolor designs. After your artwork is created and digitized, your design is transferred from the computer to the paper using an inkjet or laser printer.

Flat printing is typically completed in-house, making it our most budget-friendly option with the quickest turnaround.

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Letterpress

Letterpress is a traditional method of printing that creates indentations in your stationery by inking a metal plate and pressing it into thick paper. Letterpress adds an elegant look and rich texture to your invitation suites.

Letterpress printing is outsourced to one of our trusted print shops, where they create a custom plate of your design and individually press each piece.

Color palettes are limited with letterpress, and additional or custom colors come at an additional cost. For this reason, we recommend letterpress for simpler designs that focus primarily on line art, calligraphy, and typography. 

If your heart is set on both watercolor and letterpress,  we can flat print your artwork on thick paper and press your typography or calligraphy over top.

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Foil

Foil stamping creates a beautiful metallic shine and slight texture in your stationery. 

Similar to letterpress, our print shops create a custom metal plate of your design. Sheets of metallic foil are then layered over cardstock, and your design is pressed into the paper.

We typically combine flat printing with foil stamping for designs containing artwork.


Selecting a Paper Type

 
  From left to right: handmade (2), arturo white, strathmore white, house white

From left to right: handmade (2), arturo white, strathmore white, house white

 

Below are our favorite papers that we have found to be the best for the job. We are capable of sourcing thousands of different papers, including handmade papers, real wood paper, fabrics, etc. If you have something particular in mind, just ask!

House

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Smooth with a hint of texture and our premier choice for flat printing, our house stock is a substantial 118# cover weight. Perfect for the budget-conscious and made from 100% cotton, this environmentally friendly paper reproduces watercolor designs beautifully.

Our house stock is available in three colors and used for flat printing only. If you are looking for a smooth cardstock for letterpress or foil, we will select a thicker paper.

Arturo

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For a budget-friendly option that is full of texture, we recommend flat printing on our Arturo felt stock. Combined with watercolor, the texture and deckled edges truly give each piece that handmade feel without the handmade price tag.

Arturo is available in eight colors and used for flat printing only.

Strathmore

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Made of 100% cotton and containing a single deckled edge, Strathmore's toothy texture looks just like cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Strathmore is available in three colors and used for flat printing only.

Handmade

Nothing beats the stunning texture and unique nuances that handmade paper provides. We work with several handmade paper shops to provide you with a variety of colors and weights to choose from. Handmade paper may be used for flat printing, letterpress, or foil stamping.


Extra Details

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Calligraphy addressing

Nothing is more personalized and elegant than calligraphing each envelope you send to your guests. Save yourself some time and let Cassie Creative handle your envelope addressing.

Learn more about calligraphy addressing and see pricing here.

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Extra Designs & Day of Details

From calligraphed wedding vows to weekend itineraries to place in your guests' hotel rooms, the sweet details are what really set your special event apart.

We are able to create all kinds of custom details just for you, including, but not limited to:  itineraries, maps, envelope liners, place cards, escort cards, table numbers, menus, programs, signature drink signs, acrylic signs, chalkboard signs, seating charts, napkins, calligraphy wedding vows, rehearsal dinner invitations, stationery, gift tags, gift boxes, thank you cards, mugs, coasters, and pillows.

InvesTment & Process

Learn more about our pricing and process by viewing the guide below.

GET A QUOTE

Are you ready to get started designing your dream suite? Fill out a brief questionnaire to receive a customized quote.