With so many different print styles available today, understanding the difference can be quite confusing.
I thought it would be helpful to provide a simple explanation of each, an idea of where they fall price wise and some examples of invitations.
Flat Print & Digital– while not the same both print styles produce similar results. Flat printing uses a plate while digital printing is done from digital files. Digital printing allows the use of multiple colors and more graphical details. (Most economical printing)
Thermography– uses powder and heat to create a raised style of printing. This style is most commonly seen on wedding invitations. (Moderately priced)
Embossing -this style imprints letters or designs directly into the paper without ink, raising the surface and adding demension. This is most commonly used for monograms and designs. (when used this way, the pricing is moderate) A very upscale, lavish affair might use a completely embossed invitation (in this case embossing would be very expensive).
Letterpress– a style in which a surface with raised letters is inked and pressed into the paper creating an actual impression of the text. Thick, cotton stock if generally used for letterpress. While letterpress is a very popular style of printing right now, it is very expensive.
Foil Stamping– is a process where heat, pressure and metallic foil are used to produce a shiny effect. Foil stamping is becoming quite popular in combination with other printing methods. (Expensive)