Foil Stamping & Embossing

Foil stamping provides an emphatic statement of quality and richness, while embossing communicates a subtle sophistication. When the two are combined, the result can be truly stunning.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is the method of transferring a metallic or pigment finish known as foil from a carrier strip onto a substrate using heat, pressure and time. The process is achieved when a die is mounted and heated on a press. Foil is then placed between the die and the material to be imprinted. When the die presses against the foil, the heat releases the colouring layer from the foil roll and binds it to the end product.

A vast array of foils are available today to enhance your design, including gold, silver and many other metallic colours, flat, semi-gloss and gloss pigments, clear, pearlescents, laser foils and holographic foils.

Foil manufacturers produce a number of foils which can differ widely. The characteristics of the foil, the type of stock selected along with the complexity of the artwork are all variables which will influence the viability of your project.


Embossing simply means to press a material into relief using pressure. It requires an etched metal (female) die and a matching (male) counter die. When the material is pressed between the die and the counter die, the desired image is pressed into the stock.

Embossing creates a raised image whereas debossing creates an indented image.

When an emboss stands on its own, it is referred to as a blind emboss.

An elegant embossed effect may be created with a single level die or a more sculpted look with a multi-level die.

Foil Embossing

A strong design effect can be created through the use of foil embossing. Foil embossing unites foil stamping and embossing into one pass through the use of a combination die, usually a brass sculptured embossing die.

This effect can also be achieved in a two pass process of foil followed by emboss.

The individual specification of each project will determine which process is more cost effective.


Please contact Lorimier for samples and pricing.