How Does Hot Foil Stamping Work?


Quick Answer

Hot foil stamping works through a combination of time, pressure and heat. Through this process, metallic text and imagery can be added to a wide assortment of items, such as stationary, business cards, certificates, invitations and greeting cards.

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To make a hot foil stamp, a person needs a die, foil and the material that is going to be stamped. A die is a metal plate typically made of magnesium, copper or brass. The reversed image is raised from the surface of the material. The foil is typically manufactured on a roll of film, and it is coated in a heat-activated adhesive.

First, the user positions the foil between the material to be stamped and the heated metal die. The foil is transferred onto the material because of the heat of the die, which activates the adhesive. The pressure of the die helps the foil fuse with the surface of the material. The stamping person then removes the foil and die and has the foil stamp.

If the foil stamp is not perfect, the heat or time allotments may need to be changed. If the foil has blistered, the heat may have been too high or the time may have been too long. If the foil has not fused to the material, the heat may have been too low or the time may have been too short.

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