Printing Techniques: Foil Printing

Foil stamping, typically a commercial print process, is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold or silver , but can also be various patterns or what is known as pastel foil which is a flat opaque color or white special film-backed material, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3D image. Foil stamping machines, also known as hot foil stamps, use heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. Examples of items that are foil stamped include pencils, napkins, matchbooks, photographs and books. The foil stamp is a permanent process. These machines are popular with wedding businesses, photography studios and other businesses that need to brand or mark products.

Hot stamping is a dry printing method of lithography in which pre-dried ink or foils are transferred to a surface at high temperatures. The non-polluting method has diversified since its rise to prominence in the 19th century to include a variety of colors and processes. Widely used on plastic and paper (where it is a common technique in security printing), it is applicable to other sources as well.

I would like to use foiling in the design of this brand because when conducting my research I found that the Arab states and culture are very colourful including different metallic materials and various bright vivid colours that are incorporated into their art and architecture. I have used foiling in a previous project,however it seems to be quite difficult because the different paper finishes can affect how well the foil sticks to the laser printed design. I would like to improve upon that project and try to achieve a flawless finish onto the paper to give that professional aesthetic that I want to achieve if I use this process.

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