Turn Up the Wow on Your Special Day With Foil Invitation Printing

If you want to your invitations to really get noticed, go with foil invitation printing. Print foil invitations to set the tone of your event. Add copper, gold, or silver foil accents to make your weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, fundraisers, and other social occasions special. Whatever your occasion is, foil invitation printing will surely boost the elegance and style factor of your big day.

Different Sizes for Different Celebrations

Choosing the perfect size for your metallic invitation printing need not be a daunting task.

Here’s an easy guide to help you get started:

  • 4" x 6" and 4.25" x 6" sizes. These regular-sizes invitations are popular for birthday invitations, graduation invitations, and christenings. They also work great as save-the-date announcements and bridal shower invitations.
  • 4.25" x 5.5" size. More commonly known as A2 flat cards, these are perfect for RSVP postcards, response cards, small announcements, and invitation inserts.
  • 5" x 7" size. This larger size is ideal for special events such as weddings, achievement awards, corporate functions, and other milestone celebrations.

Materials That Make an Impact

Two cardstocks are available so you have more freedom to create the perfect foil printing invitations for your big day:

14 pt. Cardstock – This thick and sturdy cardstock comes uncoated, so you can write on the surface easily. The uncoated finish also means the ink color print may appear less saturated.

16 pt. C2S Cover Stock – This heavy-duty stock is thicker and has a premium feel to it. This cardstock can take on spot UV coating and rounded corners.

Finishes That Impress

The finish you choose can make or break your foil invitation printing. Check out how each finish can help your invitations shine brighter.

  • Uncoated. It simply means your cardstock has no extra coating so your foil design will contrast well with it. This gives off an elegant and high end finish. (only available for 14 pt. Cardstock.)
  • Silk Laminate. This is the coating for 16 pt. C2S cover stock. It has a dull and luxurious silky feel to it. The laminate makes your substrate stronger and water-resistant.
  • Spot UV – For the brightest shine, use this coating and foil accents on top of your silk laminate finish. Your colors will look more brilliant, and the added texture makes it more interesting.

Tip: Make sure you have a 1/16” gap between foil and spot UV designs as these two cannot overlap.

Print foil invitations with us for an easy, breezy experience. Just upload your artwork to our website or use our available templates to create the perfect foil invitations that will make the biggest impact.


What do you mean by “bleed”?

“Bleed” is a printing term that refers to how much your image needs to extend beyond the trim edge of the paper. This is to ensure your design will not be accidentally cut off. You need an additional 1/8” on all the sides of your foil invitation design.

For example, if you are going to choose a 4" x 6" foil invitations, your design’s image size should be at 4.25” x 6.25”.

What is “spot UV”?

This is a clear coat in the shape of your design that is applied over a specific area of your invitation. It also adds texture and makes the ink colors more vivid for the best shine.

Is shipping time the same as printing turnaround?

No. The turnaround time refers to the number of days needed for us to produce your order. This does not include holidays and weekends. Shipping time starts when your order is ready for shipping.

Foil Printing File Requirements

Keep in mind the following file requirements below as you create a design using our downloadable templates:

  1. The font size should be a minimum of 7 or 8 points. Avoid printing small text or fine lines in foil.
  2. Border and stroke must be more than 1.5 points.
  3. Images and artwork should be at least 300 DPI.
  4. All files should be in CMYK color mode.

How to Prepare Your Design for Foil Printing

  1. Create two files that differentiate the areas printed in regular ink from the elements with foil printing.
    1. The regular CMYK file shows which areas are printed in ink. The elements should show their actual colors and sizes on print.
    2. The foil printing file only shows the elements that will be printed in foil colors. The element(s) that will be printed in foil should have the same location as seen on the CMYK file. Apply 100% K on the foil area and place the rest of the file in white.

The images below show the difference between the two files:

How to Add Spot UV Elements to Your Artwork

You can also print an artwork with both foil and spot UV elements.

This requires a third file that shows the spot UV areas, which you can create through the following steps:

  1. Apply a 100% K to the areas with spot UV printing.
  2. Make sure the spot UV file has the exact same size as the CMYK and foil printing files.
  3. On the CMYK file, add a 1/16” gap between the spot UV and foil areas.

Foil Invitation Templates

Our layout templates will show you how to format your artwork. This ensures your invitation cards print correctly. Follow the steps below to prepare your product for foil printing:

  • Create two layers on your file.
  • The first layer shows the design in regular CMYK color
  • The second layer shows which areas will be printed in foil. Color all portions for foil printing in 100% K. All other sections that will be printed in regular CMYK should be colored white.

View Foil Invitations Layout Templates

Need help with our layout templates?
Please refer to our guided layout instructions.

Marketing and Design Ideas for Invitation Cards

Bring Out the Brilliance of Your Foil Invitation Printing

Make your foil invitations work hard for you with these nifty design tips:

  • Create Contrast. Since foil stamping is opaque, you need to choose a background that will contrast well with your foil colors. This will make your design visible from any angle.
  • Crisp and Clear. Make your text legible by choosing a font that is easy to read from afar. Avoid busy, complicated font designs, and make sure your font size is 8 pt. or larger.
  • Margins Matter. There might be slight cutting variations during printing. To ensure your design will not be accidentally cut-off, leave a 1/8” thick bleed margin on the card edges. Make sure important text and designs are not in this area.
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