The Hot Stamped Foil Imaging Process

Foil imaging is a revolutionary printmaking technique developed at the University of Iowa by Professor Virginia A. Myers. Hot-stamped foil is a process of applying foil or roll-leaf using a combination of heat, pressure,and dwell time to adhere the foil to a wide variety of substrates, including but not limited to paper, metal, leather, or plastics. The foil or roll leaf is adhered to a plastic film which is then transferred to the substrate during the printing process. The foil is manufactured in a rainbow of metallics, pigments, pearl-escents, tin-foils, and specialty products including holograms.

Possible Substrates:

  • Paper
  • Sheet metal
  • Fabrics
  • Leather
  • Wire mesh