Did You Know: Foil Stamping

Thu, 2020-07-09

What is Foil Stamping? Foil Stamping is a printing method that instantly provides a touch of luxury to your printed designs. It is extremely popular due to its versatility, suiting all forms of stationery. From wedding to business stationery, Foil Stamping is perennial and well-loved in the printing world.

So, how did it come about? Some of the very first manuscripts of 'Foil Stamping' ever produced used real 24k gold leaf to decorate calligraphy. As a result of its exorbitant price tag, it was exclusively reserved for the rich. Today, however, with advancements in technology, affordable aluminium foils that emulate gold leaf are readily available to ordinary people like us.

So, what is it? Foil Stamping is the application of metallic print and foil on materials using heat and pressure. Let's go into the process! First, the desired design is etched onto a metal die, which is then heated up. Then, the sheet of foil is placed between the die and the surface of material to be stamped. When the die is applied to the surface, the foil bonds to the surface, producing the metallic effect.

Foils themselves come in a varied range of textures and colours. There are four main categories of foil: metallic foil, pigment foil, pearl foil and holographic foil. The most notably being Metallic foil, with its popular shimmery gold, silver and copper colours. This variety of foils allow for a variety of textures on printed materials such as metallic, matte, glossy, and holographic textures on the medium. Foil Stamping can also be used on different kinds of materials, from paper to acrylic, largely increasing their versatility.

Foil Stamping is used in many products in various industries. Besides regular business stationery, foil is amazing for invitations, promotional materials and packaging. Foil instantly adds an aura of elegance, making your printed material more enticing and alluring.

In a nutshell, it is no wonder as to why Foil Stamping is such a well-loved printing method. Interested in using Foil Stamping in your next printing project? Contact us through our website for any enquiries! For additional Foil Stamping love and inspiration, follow our Instagram page (instagram.com/pyprstudio).

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