Foil Stamping is the application of a fine metallic film to your design.
Foil can be stamped into detail, fonts or the whole design. The addition of a touch of foil allows the design to catch the light and add movement.
Often used in the gold and silver for traditional seals and emblems, new colours and finishes now make foil stamping an exciting print technique for cutting edge designs.
Foiling can add glamour or elegance to your print – see why foiling might be the finishing touch your project needs in part 5 of our Achieving Beautiful Print series.
Embossing and Debossing
Embossing and debossing are similar processes that create different results.
Both embossing and debossing refer to the act of making a physical impression on the stock.
Embossing adds a dimension of light and shade
The stock can be a raised design (embossed) or a depression (debossed). Reverse embossing is a technique that leaves a subtle mark on both side of the stock. This technique adds the element of texture that increases the light and shade of your design.
Both techniques can applied as a single technique or in combination with ink or foil stamping. To understand how embossing and debossing work in more depth, take a look at part 4 of our Achieving Beautiful Print series.