Hot stamp printing, as the name suggests, involves the use of heat and pressure to print paper, plastic and other substrates. It is a printing technique that has immensely evolved over the years. The eco-friendly printing technique used today allows a wide variety of colors and designs to print truly distinct labels for decorative products. In this article, we discuss five prominent hot stamping foils you can use to print the labels of your products.
1. Metal Foils
Metallized foils are used over a wide variety of products, including cosmetics, plastics and also in the graphics industry, where both appearance and workability of the label are imperative. They render vivid colors and a highly-polished metal appearance to the finished product. Gold and silver metal foils are the most common, although there is no dearth of variety. In addition, it is worth mentioning that metallic foils deteriorate if they adhere to substrates that contain certain chemicals, or have moisture over the surface. It is, therefore, vital to only seek professionals when looking for companies that use hot stamp printing for labelling.
2. Holographic Foils
Custom holographic foils and films are one of the easiest solutions to provide unique aesthetics to products. Effective for promoting new products, use them for applications such as cosmetic, liquor, and perfume boxes, as well as flexible packaging, pouches, decorative items, and more. You can use creative and uniquely designed holographic foils for advertising layouts, plastic products, greeting cards, document identification, and creating exciting packaging designs.
3. Effects Foils
Effects foils come in all forms, from cross hatch, marble, ombre stripe, antique, and animal print to multi-colored options, to help manufacturers provide a distinctive appearance and exciting shelf appeal to their products. They are used with an array of decorative products that range from picture frames and book covers to textiles. Trending effect foil designs comprise strikes, holographic patterns, stone and wood grains, sparkles, and strikes, among others.
Remember using a phone card? If yes, then you are familiar with scratch-off foils. They, however, aren’t only limited to phone cards as manufacturers, these days, use them to conceal pin #s, answers to quizzes on certain products, and more. A scratch-off foil may not directly increase the shelf appeal of a product but certainly attracts the buyer, as it gives an impression of some prize behind the product purchase.
Types of substrates for scratch-off cards:
- UV coated cards
- PET (print treated)
- PVC (laminated and monocure)
- Coated paper
5. Pigment Foils
Gloss pigment foils provide clear imprints and work on a wide variety of substrates. They offer excellent mar and scratch resistance and are an effective solution to create a product’s unique identity. Common appliances where you can use pigment foils include appealing paperback book covers and plastic products. Many companies use gloss pigment for promotional materials as well. In addition, pigment foils are also used in data coding, especially in food, drink, pharmaceutical products or cables. The durability, however, depends on the type of foil grade, as some pigment foils are meant for general purposes and others for special purposes such printing on pipes and cables.
A Word of Advice
Hot stamp printing is not only a cost-effective solution when used to print low volume decorative products, but also provides a fast turnaround time when compared to methods such as ink printing. The printing technique is long-lasting, as foils that have ink or paint and are adhered to the substrate, at least, comprise of three layers, if not more. Moreover, hot stamping is a perfect printing solution for a range of applications and markets including food & beverage, spirits & wine, confectionary, toys, and electronics, among others.
If you wish to learn more about how you can add value to your products through hot stamp printing, feel free to contact us on our toll-free number 800-772-7728.