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Printing Styles

 We are proud to offer the following printing styles; underlined words are hyperlinked to examples:

Digital $ – flat printing; perfect for light colored papers
Offset $-$$ – flat printing; can be used on dark papers
Thermography $-$$ – printing style that uses powered resin heated on wet ink (offset) to raise the text and designs.
Foil Stamping $$-$$$ – colored foil on a film-backed material that adheres to paper with a heated die.
Letterpress $$$-$$$$ – plates make a deep impression in paper that is soft in texture and thick.
Engraving $$$-$$$$ – printing where the plate, usually copper, raises the paper with pressure.
Embossing $$$-$$$$ – colorless engraving that creates a raised, colorless image.

For all printing styles other than digital, a separate plate must be made for each color.

Other services we offer fall under Bindery and include:

Die Cutting – using custom dies to cut things into shapes; over 135 shapes are currently available
Saddle Stitching – stapling in the middle of booklets or brochures
Hole Drilling – punching holes; a variety of diameters are available
Coil Binding – spiral binding used to hold together books, brochures and documents
Creasing/Scoring – adding a fold in an item
Gluing – using various adhesives to bind items together
Duplexing – using adhesive to create thicker papers
Perforating – adding a series of small slits that create a perforation in items that need to be removed from the main item
Padding – create note pads in a variety of thicknesses and sizes
Cutting – reducing paper to a smaller, desired size
Corner Rounding – creating rounded corners
Laminating – adding a translucent, water resistant film over and under an item
Hand Lining Envelopes – creating a die cut shape and hand gluing liners inside envelopes; hundreds of paper choices
Assembly – put together by gluing, ribbon tying or other methods
Wide Format Printing – creating images over 12?x18? for posters, seating charts any any other oversized project.

If you don’t see the service you need let us know; if we cannot do it we know who can!


Three Little Birds is an award winning stationery store located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Offering design, illustration and calligraphy, we work with customers throughout the world.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of printing, papers, etiquette, customs and traditions.

We love what we do and look forward to working with you.