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foil stamping

  1. The best approach to combining digital printing and foil stamping

    Foil stamping is a very versatile print finishing option which can be used on various papers from silk or laminated board to kraft, metallic stock and even 100% cotton. A common request from our clients is to combine digital printing and foil stamping on an uncoated card stock. When digitally printing on uncoated stock there is nothing to protect the ink on the surface of the card. After printing, the job is guillotined or die cut which can cause the ink to flake along the edges. It is most prevalent on the bottom edge, when a job is cut down and can be controlled to some degree by adjusting the guillotine settings, however, the best way to prevent this is to laminate the surface with matt or soft touch lamination. This thin laminate film protects the ink on the surface and prevents the ink from flaking/cracking on the edges when the job is cut down. In addition, foil stamping on laminate gives the foil a much more shiny and metallic appearance than foil stamping on uncoated card. Foil stamping on uncoated papers and cards can create more of a muted metallic finish.

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  2. Gold Foil Printing

    Gold Foil Printing

    Gold foil printing is an extremely popular finish for products such as business cards, stationery, invitations, greeting cards and much more. Gold foil can be added to print in two different ways at our print studio. The first is via traditional foil stamping which requires a metal die block, and indents (debosses) the gold foil into the card or paper. The second is by using digital foiling to apply gold foil affects. Digital foiling is the most affordable way of achieving foil effects because no metal die block is required. In fact, using digital foil affects you can have just a single copy! One of the main differences is that foil stamping can be done on textured cards and papers whereas digital foiling can only be done on completely smooth or laminated papers. Our team are extremely well versed in both foil printing processes so feel free to reach out to us for advice. We can also quickly quote for gold foil printing on a huge range of papers and card stocks.

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  3. How to determine your foil stamping area

    How to determine your foil stamping area

    If you are looking for a quote for foil stamping, we will need to know the foil size area to provide a cost. You can do this one of two ways. The first is by providing your artwork along with quote request. As long as the artwork is supplied at the final size for foiling, our team will be able to quickly work out the die size and price the job for you. If your artwork is not finalised yet, you can simply provide the height and width dimensions of the foil area, and we can work from those. The easiest way to work out the height and width dimensions is to imagine drawing a box around all of your artwork elements that will be foil stamped. In the example above a pink box has been drawn around the artwork elements intended for foil stamping. If we didn’t have the artwork we could guestimate that we want our foil area around 12.5cm x 19cm. The main thing is to ensure that the box around your foil elements includes everything that will be foil stamped.

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  4. How does foil stamping work?

    How does foil stamping work?

    Foil stamping is the application of metallic and special effect foils to paper or card. The process involves using an etched metal die (also called a block or plate) manufactured from either magnesium, brass, or copper, which is heated to the required temperature and stamped into the paper or card stock. The foil sits between the die and the card; when the heated die makes contact with the foil the heat actives the adhesive on the back, which along with the force of the stamping, adheres it to the paper or card stock with a slight indentation/deboss.

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  5. What is a foil stamped card?

    What is a foil stamped card?

    Foil stamped card is card stock which has had metallic or special effect foil applied to it using a combination of a heated metal die, and pressure from a foil printing press. The metal die is etched from an artwork file and then loaded into a foil press where it is heated to the required temperature. A roll of the chosen foil colour is then loaded on to the press between the die and the card stock. When the heated die makes contact with the card, the heat activates the adhesive on the back of the foil, and it is applied to the card surface.

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  6. What are the differences between foil stamping and digital toner foiling?

    What are the differences between foil stamping and digital toner foiling?

    This is something we get asked a lot. Many of our customers have approached a company for a foiled business cards only to be dissatisfied with the result. When they send us the card for reference it is obvious to us that the supplier has used digital toner foiling but the customer does not know the difference. The technology for digital foiling is continuing to improve year on year however the most popular machines rely on fusing foil with black toner. With the latest technology, some machines can apply foil digitally on top of spot UV. This creates a better result and can even achieve a nice raised digital foil embossed finish; however, it still cannot capture the level of detail or quality of finish that foil stamping is able to achieve. Image credit: Craftchatterbox

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  7. Why Do Companies Use Letterheads?

    Why Do Companies Use Letterheads?

    Letterheads are used globally daily. Companies use letterheads to relay important information to private individuals, other companies, and legal entities without the need of a phone call or email correspondence. When used correctly, a professional letterhead is also a highly effective marketing tool. Having a pre-printed letterhead is hassle free and saves time when there is a busy office needing to send out important letters quickly and efficiently.

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