Bring flair and shine to your product offerings with Foil Worx! Foil Worx lets you choose from gold, copper or silver foil accents on 14pt Uncoated or 16pt Silk Laminated Business Cards and Postcards for an ultra-refined custom finish that adds sophistication and class to any business. Ideal for luxury brands, concierge services, law offices, real estate and more.
- Printed using superior quality stocks
- Choose from gold, silver, or copper foil accents
- Single or Double-sided Printing
- Available in a variety of sizes
Hot Foil cards or foil worx lets you choose from gold, silver, or copper foil accents on 14pt Uncoated or 16pt Silk Laminated Business Cards for an ultra-refined custom finish that adds sophistication and class to any business or brand. Ideal for luxury brands, concierge services and more.
*Note that the same color foil must be used for the front and back of your product.
- Business Cards
- Post Cards
- Invitation Cards
- Wedding/Baby Shower Invites
- Holiday Cards
Hot foil stamping consists in transferring a film or aluminium foil onto paper using heat and pressure. A wide variety of foils are available outside of gold or silver: pigmented colours, iridescent, pearlescent, holographic, and coloured gloss or satin metallic foils, based on aluminium foils with lacquer.
It may look the only difference between hot foil stamping and cold foil printing is the temperature but there’s more to it.
Besides the heat application, there ’s a difference in the process, and the end effect. Read this article to understand the difference and to help you decide between foil stamping and foil printing for your packaging.
HOT FOIL STAMPING
Hot foil stamping uses a die with a relief image. The heated die presses, or stamps, the foil onto paper, plastic or other material creating a brilliant, eye-catching effect. Foil stamping is done on a second line, meaning that your packaging will be printed first, then placed on another press for stamping.
Some customers like to add embossing to foil stamping. These two finishes can be completed at the same time and don’t require a third pass.
The result of foil stamping is a brilliant and what you would expect when you think of foil. It’s readily available in a wide range of colors and patterns such as such as holographic, pigmented and clear foil which are not available with the cold foil process.
Also, since the foil is stamped on, there is a slight debossed effect characteristic of “high quality.”
Hot foil stamping works great for precise application, on smaller areas, and for creating an upscale look as the stamping process makes a slight impression that gives depth. It also hints at a hand-crafted look, which may not be too far from the truth as some jobs may require the use of a hand-fed press for foil stamping.
- Do use papers from 160g for double-sided hot foil stamping applications.
- Do make the most of smoother papers, such as Conqueror CX22 or Opale Premier, for mirror finish foiling. Despite the pressure applied during the foiling process, the texture of the paper will show through the foil.
- print with offset lithography or screen printing before going through with the hot foil stamping process.
- ensure the films are suitable for subsequent laser use when foil-stamping letterheads.
- think in terms of creative contrast: for instance hot foil stamping gold or silver foils works well on dark Curious Collection Skin papers.
- Do check with your printer or paper merchant when using metallic foil on black paper. The foil could react with the carbon dyes present in some papers. Conqueror Calligraphy, Keaykolour Deep Black, Pop’Set Black and Extra Black and Rives Tradition Le Noir, for example, are safe: they do not contain any carbon black.
- Don’t use papers with low bulk or rigidity. The hot stamping process could crumple or tear the sheet.
- Don’t pick heavily textured papers, such as Keaykolour Embossing Dragoon, for foiling images which contain very fine detail (such as a royal crest for example), unless you consider plate-sinking the area to be foiled first.
- Don’t use clear foil on coloured Curious Collection Skin papers. Use UV varnish instead.
- Don’t choose magnesium plates for heavily structured or textured papers, as they will become blunt and lose detail quite quickly. Copper plates, although more expensive, will render a finer job.
- Don’t forget hot stamping is a craft, where much depends on the special know-how and skill of the printer.