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What is Foil stamping?

Foil stamping is also often referred to as foiling, hot foil stamping, hot stamping foil printing, dry stamping, foil imprinting, leaf stamping or foil stamp design are all terms used to describe the art of hot foil stamping.

When foil stamping is combined with embossing – it can also be called foil embossing!

The process of foil stamping involves pressure and heat. A foil stamping die (metal or polymer) is mounted to a bed of a foil stamping machine and heated. The die holds the image that is to be foil stamped as a raised image.

Pressure from the machine exerted via the die + Heat which enables the foils pigment or metallic film to be released = Foil stamped image.

Unlike PMS colours – Foils are available in set colours. Contrary to popular believe however, there are many more colours available than just gold and silver. Call us to discuss the selection of foils suitable for your job.

Watermarx Graphics recommends you talk through your design and paper stock in the design phase.

To see our Foil Stamping photo gallery click here.

Here are some handy tips for consideration when designing for foil stamping:

Designer Tips and tricks for foil stamping