What's Hot Foil?


Also called leaf stamping, Foil stamping uses heat and metallic foil in a specialty printing process that produces a shiny design on paper, board, textiles, hard plastic, leather, and other materials. Foil stamping, also called hot foil stamping, which can be combined with dimensional embossing on business cards, book covers, office folders, any many other items.


Instead of using magnetism, plates, or inks to print words and shapes, foil stamping uses dies, metal stamps. The heated dies seal a thin later of metallic foil onto a surface. The foil comes in a assorted colours. The hot die works similarly to a letterpress. Once heated, it presses the foil against the substrate material with enough pressure that the foil sticks only in the intended places, leaving a slight impression.


You can combining ink and foil to have a luxury effects, this is normally used on perfume boxes, wedding invitations, business cards, letterheads and many more. Imprinting and embossing adds even more dimensionality.

History of Foil ...


In the ancient Egypt there was a practice to hammer and beat gold till it achieved a thinness of only 0.0001 mm. This beat gold was then used to embellish mummies and also in the ecoration of arms, coffins, and other substances. In the Middle Ages, there was some kind of mechanical machines that were used for printing. Some monks started using these machines and the beat gold to print their books so as to classify them. But the gold was not used directly for stamping.


Only the leather bound books were stamped with these machines to emboss the leather. Once the design was created on the leather, the beat gold was added to the stamping by hand.


This was the earliest form of foil stamping and was prevalent till the start of the 19th century. At such time, in order to simplify the addition of beat gold to the stamped design, the gold was fixed onto paper, and entire paper rolls with gold were created.


Now, in order to remove the gold from the paper and transfer it to the stamped imprint, heat was used to simplify the process. The heat did the dual job of removing the gold from the paper and also making it stick better onto the intended surface.


As beat gold was very expensive to use, finally at the start of the 20th century, different types of metallic foils started to be produced to be used in place of beat gold for stamping. Thus evolved the process of foil stamping.


Today, foil stamping has found many applications and is increasing in popularity as a method of printing.