The foil stamping process begins by etching the image to be stamped onto metal plates—generally made from copper, steel or magnesium—using century’s old techniques. This raised image is transferred by heat and pressure onto a suitable surface using a film commonly known as the “foil.” This foil is placed between the the etched plate and the surface of the sheet to be stamped. This process allows the image to be permanently transferred. The foil plates are etched in reverse (negative image) and are often heated to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thousands of types of foils are available for most any application and desired effect. We have successfully foil stamped all types of media including; paper, fabric, leather, vinyl, plastic, etc. The results can be exceptional. Allowing time to test the particular foil, artwork and media, always helps to ensure the best results.
Photos: Glenn Schuster