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Hot foil stamping for candle labels and candle packaging.

Updated: Jul 31, 2021

Foiling can add a touch of luxury to your candle labels or candle box designs. Foiling is often used to create a premium effect that highlights details of a design in a metallic or coloured sheen.  This process is achieved when metallic foil is applied to the surface of the paper by heat and pressure.

Metallic foils are made of aluminium, and are combined with a colour layer to produce the desired colour effect. Most printers will have a standard range of foil colours that they provide at a lower price point, which typically include gold, rose gold, copper and silver. However there is a whole range of colours and effects to choose from for those who want something a bit more unique.

The extra time and set up costs for foiling will add to the expense of your printing job, but it is still a relatively economical method to produce a great effect that really improves the luxury factor of your printed product. 

It’s a fantastic way of making your design feel more expensive and aspirational, without the excessive cost. 

How is foiling done? - The design to be rendered in foil is etched onto a metal die. The die is heated up, and the foil is placed between the die and the surface of the paper to be stamped. When the die is applied to the surface, the foil bonds to the surface, producing the metallic effect. 

Foils are available in a huge range of textures and colours, which can be split into four categories, including metallic foils, pigment foils, pearl foils and holographic foils.

Metallic foils replicate the look of precious metals, such as gold, silver, or copper. These are considered standard by most printers and most commonly used.

Setup costs for the custom stamping tool is a large percentage of the cost, so the larger the quantity, the better the price usually from 1000 pieces. But this year we have added another option of hot foil stamping up to seven different colours for labels from 100 per design/fragrance. Not cheap but allows you to experiment with lower quantities.

Packaging—up the luxe factor of boxes, labels and stickers using foiling.

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