Foil Stamping & Embossing

Foil Stamping

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Foil stamping is an easy way to catch the eyes of consumers.

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Nothing says "Best Seller" like Foil Stamping & Embossing.

Foil Stamping is the application of metallic foil to paper using a custom-made heated die. This process adds a shimmer and richness to crucial text or design elements on your book cover. Keep in mind: the photos on this page won’t do it justice. You have to see the finished product to fully appreciate the beauty that Foil Stamping, Embossing, and Foil Embossing provide.

What is foil stamping?

Foil stamping – also known as hot stamping – is done by applying pigment or metallic foil to paper using a hot die. The heated die applies the foil directly to the book cover. The foil stamping process types are metallic foils, gloss or matte pigment foils, special effects foils, and holographic foils.

Why foil stamping?

No matter which type of foil is used on your book cover, the three significant benefits of utilizing our custom foil stamping services are the same.

Benefits of Foil Stamping:

Attention-grabbing effects. Foil stamping helps your book stand out from the crowd with its distinctive and eye-catching appearance.

Professional presentation. Foil stamping conveys an image of professionalism and leadership. Increased sales. By enhancing its visual appeal, your book will be sure to fly off the shelves.

Superior brand perception. Research completed by Perception Research Services, Inc. showed that consumers perceive a foil-stamped product to be of more value and higher quality than the same product without foil stamping.

You also have the option to foil stamp, emboss, or foil emboss your book cover – an excellent addition to anyone of our book styles. It can give your book the polished and professional feel of a new release.

The material used for hot foil stamps is exceptionally delicate (think aluminum foil, but 100 times thinner). Because it’s so delicate, fonts or line-work below 1mm in thickness (2.83 points) are unsuitable for hot foil stamping and because

they may crack or flake off. Because of this, we recommend all areas be foil stamped to have a minimum thickness of 1mm.

Scratching and Scuffing

Due to its fragility, foil stamping can scratch and scuff easily. If you’re planning on covering large, unbroken areas with a foil stamp, be aware that scratches and scuffs can occur during shipping and general use.

Embossing & Debossing:

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What is Embossing?

Embossing is the process of using a custom die under high pressure and heat to raise letters or designs above the surface of the paper, which produces an eye-catching 3D effect that allows you to feel the design.

Two examples of embossing that many of us have seen (and felt) are notarized documents or the raised lettering on the cover of a recent bestseller. Embossing can be used on its own – known as “Blind” Embossing – or in combination with Foil Stamping. Whichever you choose, an Embossed cover is a perfect way to give your book that added touch of class and 

professionalism that will set your work apart from the crowd. With the addition of Foil Stamping, the Embossing stands out both literally and figuratively, as shown in the images above.

It is a great way to draw out highlights and essential details, such as the title, author’s name, certain design elements, or a logo. 

The same equipment that allows us to offer Foil Stamping also enables us to provide embossing services. Foil Stamping is frequently combined with Embossing to produce an attractive and eye-catching 3D image- called “Foil Embossing.” You’ll find that most all the bestsellers today have Foil Embossed covers.

Embossing raises parts of a sheet of paper to emphasize design elements, title, or the authors’ name.

Debossing is the opposite; part of the sheet is indented to give a “sunken-in” look.

Foil Stamping and Embossing look great individually, but they look even better together. In this combined process, a heated die fuses the foil onto the paper, bonding the design to the surface. The same area is then embossed with a die to create a raised three-dimensional image. 

A more complex

version could include

large, multi-level,

beveled, or sculptural


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Our Other Services

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• Foil stamping, Embossing, Debossing– high speed (up to 29”x41”)
• Die-cutting with auto-stripping (up to 29”x41”)
• Pocket folders (all types), cartons, glued mailers
• Folding and Gluing (hot, cold, and fugitive glue)
• UV Coating – Spot and Flood
• Kiss-cutting (standard and thermal)
• Tipping (member cards, magnets, reply cards)
• Film laminating (1 or 2 sided – up to 10 Mil)
• Trimming
• Tab die-cutting
• Auto peel-and-seal taping
• Assembling and kitting
• Custom labeling w/barcode capabilities
• Shrink-wrapping (high speed)
• Paper branding and rubber banding
• Automatic zip strip application
• Handwork & Fulfillment

If you’d like more information about Foil Stamping, Blind Embossing, Foil Embossing, send us an email, we’d be happy to answer all of your questions. For pricing inquiries, use our Perfect Bound checkout, Saddle-Stitch booklet checkout, Plastic Coil book checkout, or our Twin Loop Wire-O book checkout. And place an order today!

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