What Is Foil Printing?
Foil printing is the process of adding shiny metallic colours to marketing materials such as business cards, booklets, flyers or product tags. It adds an amazing luxurious finish that catches the eye. We have a large range of different coloured foils we can apply to papers including gold, silver, bronze, copper and rose gold. We can even print a holographic foil option which diffracts the light to reflect different colours of the spectrum at different angles. To see our full range of colours that we use, visit our article : What colours can we foil?
What Are The Foil Printing Methods?
There are three foil printing techniques: Hot Foil Stamping, Cold Foiling and Digital Foil Printing. All of these methods transfer foil onto flat surfaces to create a lustrous finish that reflects the light.
Which Foil Printing Technique Has The Best Finish?
In our experience, digital foiling creates a much smoother and even foil surface which reflects more light and therefore looks shinier. It is also much better at printing intricate details than hot stamping which you can see above.
Hot stamping debosses the material and creates a slightly textured finish. Because of this, hot foil stamping doesn’t appear as reflective or shiny. Also, the bespoke stamping plates are not able to print intricate details very well. Fine lines or patterns may end up looking like they have blended together.
To read all the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques and how they work, see our article: How Does Foil Printing Work? The article explains that a CNC drill is used to manufacture bespoke stamping plates for each design. Whereas modern methods such as digital foiling are much faster.
What Is Foil Printing Used For?
The process was originally invented for embellishing book covers, but the technology has evolved to become a quick and effective way to add sophistication to business stationery, wedding invitations and product tags.
It is one of the most effective ways to enhance your brand or embellish your artwork. In fact, it is so versatile that it has many uses, it’s not limited to just marketing materials and wedding stationery.
Adding Foil To Card, Paper And Stickers
We foil print onto card, paper and labels to produce products such as foil stickers, product tags, packaging labels, greeting cards, foil menus, brochures and leaflets. Let’s take a look at our large range of cardstock, paperstock and labels and a typical example for card, paper and foil labels.
We have a wide range of colours including red, blue, pink and green which are used to add a touch of shine to an invitation design. Black foil wedding invitations are becoming increasingly popular, either with a contrasting background or with gold foil lettering.
Silver, bronze, copper and rose gold invitations are also a favourite with wedding planners because they can enhance any wedding theme or design.
We have many custom foil printing combinations and our online configurators let you pick which paper type you would like for your invitation. The paper options include conqueror textured paper, a recycled paper option and a range of colours and finishes. We also foil print onto colour core paper which has a coloured stripe that is visible from the edge. See our article about Colour Core Printing to find out more.
Foil Business Cards
Foil business cards are a typical example of a card product. They can also double up to make other products such as loyalty cards. They are available in a large range of colours and paper choices. The reflective shine can be integrated into the graphics to make an eye-catching design or it can be used to make the writing or logos stand out.
These business cards are particularly popular with premium brands who want to make their business card look more luxurious. Customers frequently add soft touch lamination to their order for a soft, velvety feel. After all, a business card could be one of the first interactions that a potential customer has with your brand.
Our sample pack also includes an example of our holographic business cards which shine in different colours depending on how the light hits it, making an irresistible and unusual look.
We can print custom foil stickers and labels to help customers with print projects that include fun stickers, foil packaging stickers, foil floor stickers and window stickers. We can print stickers and labels individually, but most customers prefer sheets of stickers. In addition to rectangular and square stickers, we can also print custom shape metallic stickers. For inspiration and different uses, check out our article foil sticker inspiration
We have the largest range of colours and paper types, giving you over 300 print combinations to choose from. You can also order a foil sample pack to see our coloured foils for inspiration.