Foil stamping is a particular kind of printing procedure where heat, pressure, and a metallic paper called foil, is used to create different metallic or gloss finishes depending on the type of foil used. Foil stamping is called dry printing because it does not use any ink for printing purposes. It is a stamping process where one uses a carved metal plate with heat, pressure and foil in the stamping process.
In the foil stamping process, the sculpted metal plate comes in contact with the foil and transfers a thin layer of the foil film onto the intended surface. As the metal plate is heated, the foil sticks to the surface of only the designed section on the plate and in the required areas with the desired imprint.
It is essential to keep in mind that the texture of the paper can influence the outcome of the foil. Every material has its specification for foiling; some is more suitable and some less.
The foiling process is an artisan on its own. The temperature, pressure and cure period is essential to a good quality foil. Certain papers have coatings which work very well with hot foiling.
Foiling is a popular option for branding exclusive gift packaging. Foiling has various colours, from metallic, coloured gloss or matt finish. Foiling on different material such as paper, vinyl, ribbon, leather, plastic, velvet, ribbon, fabric and even wood makes the process so unique. The metal block can be re-used and makes it ideal for repeat packaging runs since the metal block can be used on various items like envelopes and carry bags, notebooks etc.