Papers for Foil Stamping
Posted by ashley mcneill on
Our little foil press is a tabletop model, accepting designs up to 5x8 making it perfect for invitations and stationery.
Like letterpress printing, some papers seems to take to the hot foil stamping better than others. (I'll work on gathering photos for examples.)
I've noticed that papers that aren't super plush for a great letterpress impression foil quite well and these have been rather successful with our little machine.
The stiffness of these papers works in their favor here:
No issues with other colors, just the Cotton. Papers are smooth enough that they're a joy to work with, but the cottons are usually too thick to make me happy.
While very textured, RP and F&R foil pretty well, especially with calligraphy accents. The strong texture makes the combination of small text and bold scripts challenging. I'm still a fan.
Due to the inconsistent nature of the handmade papers, and the importance of numbers to read correctly on addresses, I do not like, nor recommend, foil on handmade envelopes. I'm sure some places will do it, but I don't want to.
No complaints whatsoever with Savoy and Lettra.
Keaykolour, great. (RIP) I purchased a lot of Deep Black, Biscuit, and China White.
Gmund, Colorplan, good.
Curious Metallics - WOW.
48# is better than 30# but I'd prefer not to do vellum. Since it's a plastic (basically), the high heats can warp it and still not be hot enough to control the foil. It's okay for bold things, not good for fine lines and smaller pieces.
Paper Cocktail Napkins
Linen Cocktail Napkins
No go. There is probably a specific foil for fabrics but we don't carry it.
120# Mohawk Superfine, foils great.