Printing Methods

Most traditional printing methods may be combined with one another.
Reach out to our specialists to discuss the details of your project and figure out the best way to achieve your vision.

Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

What printing methods do you offer?

Private Stock Bespoke offers digital printing, as well as a variety of traditional printing methods. This includes letterpress printing, foil stamping, foil embossing, blind embossing and debossing and engraving/intaglio. All of our digital and traditional printing is done in-house, which has provided our staff of artisans with insight that few others have. We know what works well together, and what doesn’t, and we always have a suggestion handy to make sure you get exactly the look you want. Additional information about each traditional printing process can be found on this page. Each printing process also has a page of its own that provides even more detailed information!

How does the pricing work for your different printing processes?

All of our pricing is provided to you in a detailed estimate, which will be based on the details discussed during your Complimentary Consultation. The most economical printing process is flat printing, which also allows you to print all of the colors in a design simultaneously. Traditional printing methods like letterpress printing, foil stamping and blind stamping (debossing) are priced higher than flat printing at around the same rate. Each color must be printed separately. Engraving and blind embossing are priced higher than those three, and each color must be printed separately.

Do all of the pieces in my invitation suite need to be printed with the same method?

This is an excellent question. The simple answer is no. However, it does get a bit more complicated than that. We want to make sure that your invitation suite’s style is cohesive, so the goal is to make sure all of the colors coordinate, even if the printing processes are mixed.

Are you able to print my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Absolutely! We can print your return address with any of our print processes, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. We can even print your guest addresses in white on dark colored envelopes. Our ability to produce everything in-house allows us the freedom and ability to make sure your invitations are addressed beautifully no matter how complicated it gets.

Is it possible to use more than one printing process on a card?

Most digital and traditional printing processes can be combined, and there are even unique effects we can create by combining certain processes. Most companies do not do all of the different processes they offer in-house. This means that there can be conflicts with color, precise placement and even more other subtle details. Not to mention the time and additional stock that is always lost when a piece needs to be shipped between multiple different vendors. We know exactly how each process interacts with every other process, and we don’t lose any time in shipping.

I have an idea, but I don't see it on your website. Can it be done?

We do all of our work in-house, and we are always up for a new challenge. Let us know what you have in mind and we will use our resources to figure out how to achieve your vision.

How do I get started?

Set up your account today to get started on your journey with your Design Concierge. Our staff is composed of artisans and designers who have been in the printing industry for generations. We don’t just speak printing. We live it. The representatives you speak to are not just customer service reps. They have worked side-by-side with our artisans, their tools and our machines, learning about our techniques and capabilities, and are generally knowledgeable about all facets of production. Think of them as translators between you and our artisans.

Flat Printing & White Ink Printing

Flat printing, unlike our other print processes, prints all of the colors in a design at the same time. It is the process we use whenever we print photos, floral artwork, greenery and multi-color images. It can also be printed in a single color, including in white, which is an excellent way to print on dark colored stock.

Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing is a traditional printing method that involved printing one color  at a time. A metal die is coated with ink and pressed deep into the paper, which creates the signature impression into the paper that defines letterpress printing. It creates a unique tactile experience filled with old world charm.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is a traditional printing process of pressing a metallic color into a material, one color at a time. It also leaves a tactile impression, similar but not as pronounced as letterpress. This is the absolute best way to guarantee genuinely metallic printing, as opposed to the faux foil that many companies offer.

Acrylic Foil Pressing & More

Foil pressing on acrylic is similar to foil stamping on paper stock in some ways, but it is fundamentally different in others. There is a reason why we can do it and nobody else can. Each sheet of acrylic is foil-pressed one at a time using our proprietary stamping system, guaranteeing each piece is perfect.

Engraved Printing (Intaglio)

Engraving is the most traditional printing process we offer. It produces an extremely sharp and pronounced raised image, perfect for fine detailed artwork. Engraving can be done in matte inks, as well as metallic inks. There is nothing that says tradition like engraving.

Blind Debossing & Embossing

Blind stamping is a traditional printing process that involves printing without any color, which creates a subtle and tactile effect. Blind stamping can be broken down into two categories: Embossing and Debossing. Debossing presses into the paper, similar to letterpress, and embossing creates a raised image, similar to engraving.