The complexity of the embossed or Hot Foil stamped design is linked to the level of detail etched or engraved onto the Die. A simple single-level die can be created to render a flat image with a 30-degree bevelled edge. For the finest detail, multi-level dies can be sculpted into a nearly limitless range of patterns and designs.
The mixture and selection of ink, paper and colour can be used to create distinctive and exquisite foil stamped and embossed work. There are several additional finishes that can be applied on the die surface, and print techniques that can be used to alter the paper surface to give the work a highly bespoke appearance:
Refractive engraving – This treatment creates a series of cross-hatched lines or patterns on a flat foil-stamped surface, resulting in added texture and dimension, especially when used with metallic foils on coated stocks.
Foil over foil – This process uses multiple passes through the hot foil stamping process to create a wider range of colour options and effects.
Gloss Embossing – A technique that combines a deep, clear foil with blind embossing to produce a high-gloss embossed image.
Textured Embossing – The use of patterned foils lends a unique quality to an embossed or foil stamped work. Popular textures include wood grain, leather and snakeskin.
Project Planning Tips
There are a number of things to be aware of when planning a project which include hot foil stamping and embossing. Below are a few helpful tips: