A colored, metallic or matte foil is stamped onto the paper with a heated metal die, leaving an impression of your design. The result is a smooth, foil-like graphic that contrasts with the porous feel of the paper creating a visual and physical contrast between the two.
How it Works:
Foil Stamp in Action
Suitable for higher quantities and budgets. Price per unit will decrease as the total quantity increases. Typically not suggested for quantities under 250–500 units unless budget is not a huge factor.
Foil stamp timelines are more lengthy than other print methods. Allow 10–14 days after proof approval.
Foil stamping can be done on a vast amount of non-heat sensitive papers—uncoated, coated and textured. Since the stock is not being fed through a press, very heavy paper weights are also conducive to foil stamping. Avoid extra large, solid areas of foil especially on both sides of the sheet.
Depending on the machine by which the piece is printing, sheet size can range from a maximum of 5" x 7" to to 9" x 12".
While foil stamping is ideal for ultra opaque, saturated colors and shiny (sometimes reflective) metallics, the color options are limited to "basic" colors. Foil stamping is one of the few options that will produce a solid opaque color on a dark paper. Consult your print rep for a sample of the available pigments.
Depending on the relationship with your print shop, they may allow for a foil stamp check by the designer. If possible, it is recommended that this is done.
There are two types of foil stamping machines (a.k.a. hot foil stampers). A manual stamper is used for low to mid quantity jobs and an air-powered (pneumatic) stamper is ideal for medium to high volume jobs.