Foil business cards are one of the most popular requests clients make. However, within this finishing option alone, there are many ways to customize your design.
What is Foiling?
Foil is a shiny metal that adds a shiny, bold color to designated areas of your design. It can be used to highlight important information, such as a name, or used as a design element.
Foiling is a 2-D, flat finishing option. That means if you are looking for a finishing option which gives the illusion of depth, we would not recommend on relying on Foiling.
How do you apply it?
This is still at least partly a manual process. We create a plate of your Foiling design and then someone manually places your order of cards into the machine. If your order is 200 cards, all 200 go in at once. Then we start the machine to stamp each card with your Foiling.
Since the machine relies on a person manually putting the entire order at once into the machine, it can lead to difficulty in predicting alignment outcome.
Can You Explain Oversize Foiling?
We have two different Foiling sizes, a Standard and Oversized. Standard sizing means that your Foiling will stay within 1.57x.79 inches (40×20 mm). Anything larger than this size will be considered Oversized. An Oversized Foiling design requires a bigger plate, which will increase the cost of producing the design.
I only have a little bit of Foiling, how is it considered Oversized?
Since we use a plate to stamp your Foiling, if your Foiling goes outside the Standard sizing then we will need to create a bigger plate to accomplish your design. Therefore, it will still be considered Oversized, which will lead to an increase in price.
This happens quite often when a Foiling design is made up of small details, scattered across the card.
Can I get Foiling going to the edge or close to the edge?
But this will be more expensive than a normal Oversized Foiling. Since Foiling is stamped on, the machine needs space to hold down the card to stamp the Foiling. If you have Foiling going all the way to the edge of a card, you may not leave any room for the machine to hold down the card. In this case, we need to use extra paper and even more Foiling to give the machine enough space to stamp the design onto the card. Then afterwards we will cut your cards down to your chosen size.
We recommend that you give enough time in your timeline to discuss your plan with our printing team before you place your order.
How perfect is MorningPrint’s alignment?
Pretty perfect, but we can not guarantee it each time.
As we explained above, stamping on Foiling is still partly a manual process. Therefore if you want to have perfect alignment, we can not guarantee that it will exactly perfect. We will certainly do our best each time.
Can MorningPrint add two Foiling colors on the card?
Having two different Foiling colors requires creating two different plates, to stamp the cards twice. Sometimes, a client wants to have two Foiling colors close together. This is possible, but keep in mind, you will need to take time speaking with the printing team to discuss any risk of misalignment. In the past we have achieved perfect alignment, but there is no guarantee it will be perfect for your order.
What is the MorningPrint Foiling paper?
We do not have one specific Foiling paper. You can have Foiling on just about any of our over 50 different paper selections.
Some papers are more off white and creamy, like Nouveau, Heavy Nouveau, Sumo Nouveau, Aquarelle and Heavy Aquarelle. Off white papers naturally tend to be warmer.
If you choose to use Glossy Gold Foil, or Matte Gold Foil, you will be accentuating the off white and warm undertones, maybe to the point of looking a little yellow. If this is not your goal, but you would like to use one of these papers, we might recommend including a background color, or a design with multiple colors.
Other papers, like Silky Matte, Heavy Silky Matte, Linen and Heavy Linen, are a crisp, bright white. These cards will always look like a bright, matte white. If you use colder colors, like green and blue, then the card will ultimately look cold. This could be useful in more modern designs. If this is not your goal, but you want one of these papers, then we would recommend adding a background color or a design with multiple colors.
What Foiling colors do you offer?
Glossy Gold, Matte Gold, Glossy Silver, Matte Silver, Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Black, Bronze, Hologram and Pearl
Does MorningPrint color the Foiling?
Unlike other printers, we do NOT start with silver Foiling and paint it a color.
Will the color fade away?
What is Glossy Gold and what is Matte Gold Foiling?
Glossy Gold is highly reflective and is the exact color of yellow gold jewelry
Matte Gold has almost no shine, at certain angles it will have a slight glow. Matte Gold also tends to have an orange tint in it’s coloring.
Is the Hologram Foiling all the colors in the rainbow or is it selective (like just the blues or just the reds)?
In general, our Foiling shows the entire rainbow of colors.
However, we have noticed that if the design is narrow or made up of thin lines, it can be harder to see the full rainbow. In this instance, the Hologram Foiling looks more like a range of blues.