What is Foil Stamping?
Posted Monday, June27, 2011
Foil stamping is a process that has gained certain notoriety in the printing industry for the elegance that it can provide, If you ever seen a business card or postcard, napkin with a metallic print that looks as if you placed aluminum foil on your printed piece then that foil stamping. “Foil stamping uses heat and metallic film in a specialty printing process that produces a shiny design on paper, vinyl, textiles, wood, hard plastic, leather, and other materials. Foil stamping, also called hot stamping, dry stamping, foil imprinting, or leaf stamping, can be combined with dimensional embossing to make letters and images on business cards, book covers, gift cards, office folders, and a whole host of professional or personal items.
Instead of using magnetism, plates, or inks to print words and shapes, foil stamping uses dies, or sculpted metal stamps. The heated dies seal a thin later of metallic leaf onto a surface. The foil comes in a wide roll, large enough for several passes, backed by Mylar. The hot die works similarly to a letterpress. Once heated, it presses the foil against the substrate material with enough pressure that the foil sticks only in the intended places, leaving a slight imprint. Using several layers of foil in different colors or combining ink and foil can embellish this simple “flat” stamp. Imprinting and embossing adds even more dimensionality.
Impressive wedding invitations might have intertwining silver vines, blue flowers, and gold rings. Businesses use foil stamping to identify folders, cards, signs, and magnets with their logo. The reflective and unusual treatment is sure to catch the eye of a potential customer.