Textile foil stamping uses heat and metallic film in a specialty printing process that produces a shiny design on paper, vinyl, textiles, wood, hard plastic, leather, and other materials. Foil stamping, also called hot stamping foil, dry stamping, foil imprinting, or leaf stamping, can be combined with dimensional embossing to make letters and images on business cards, book covers, gift cards, office folders, and a whole host of professional or personal items. This kind of fabric printing method is well received in European countries, which triggers the large production of hot stamping foils.
Foil stamping machines, also known as hot foil stampers, use heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. Examples of items that are foil stamped include pencils, napkins, matchbooks, photographs and books. The stamp foil is a permanent process. These machines are popular with wedding businesses, photography studios and other businesses that need to brand or mark products. A similar foil printing machine, called a foil fuser, creates a similar look in a process called foil fusing in which foil is fused to printer toner by means of heat.