Hot foil stamping is one of those super cool special print finishes that every designer wishes to use in their projects. It’s often combined with embossing to transfer metallic foil to the print stock with the use of a heated die, which leaves the designated portion of the design covered in a shiny reflective material. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 creative print design projects that make use of hot foil printing, including business cards, invitations, posters and packaging. See how foils in a variety of colours are used to highlight patterns and details within the artwork.

I L N P / boutique cosmetics by Marcin Usarek

I L N P / boutique cosmetics by Marcin Usarek

Eureka Catalog 8 by Paprika

Eureka Catalog 8 by Paprika

Absolut Business Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Absolut Multi-Foil Business Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Black and Gold Foiled Business Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Black and Gold Foiled Business Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Rounded Square Foil Black Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Rounded Square Foil Black Cards by JukeBoxPrint

Passion Never Fails Pocketbook by Max Pirsky

Passion Never Fails Pocketbook by Max Pirsky

Just Keep Going Holographic Foil Print by Joanna Behar

Just Keep Going Holographic Foil Print by Joanna Behar

Viaduct Exhibition Invitations by Them Design

Viaduct Exhibition Invitations by Them Design

The Lake and Stars by Leslie Olson

The Lake and Stars by Leslie Olson

Freixenet Invites by Them Design

Freixenet Invites by Them Design

Dagger & Co. by Chad Michael Studio

Dagger & Co. by Chad Michael Studio

Personal Branding by Shailja Doshi

Personal Branding by Shailja Doshi

MPG by Thong-Xander

MPG by Thong-Xander

The Acres Linton by Jonny O’Reardon

The Acres Linton by Jonny O'Reardon

STATE Branding by Farewell NYC

STATE Branding by Farewell NYC

Pat + Dana by Alex Sheyn

Pat + Dana by Alex Sheyn

Golden Thread Tarot Deck by Tina Gong

Golden Thread Tarot Printed Deck by Tina Gong

Peeko Business Cards by Bradley Knickerbocker

Peeko Business Cards by Bradley Knickerbocker

Biz Cardz by Chad Pugh

Biz Cardz by Chad Pugh

Business Cards by Amber Asay

Business Cards by Amber Asay#

Interval by Loose Collective

Interval by Loose Collective

Business Card by Brainjam Production

Business Card by Brainjam Production

IVA by Identity Designed

IVA by Identity Designed

Gold Full Moon by Sabrina Kaici

Gold Full Moon by Sabrina Kaici

Fedrigoni 22 Papers by designlsc

Fedrigoni 22 Papers by designlsc

BUZZWORTHY by Marcin Usarek

BUZZWORTHY by Marcin Usarek

Gregory Duke Brand Identity by Parent

Gregory Duke Brand Identity by Parent

Morus Wine by Mario Di Paolo

Morus Wine by Mario Di Paolo

EE Chrisp by Loose Collective

EE Chrisp by Loose Collective

Nomad Playing Cards by Chad Michael Studio

Nomad Playing Cards by Chad Michael Studio

Promineo by Chad Michael Studio

Promineo by Chad Michael Studio

Studio Branding by Chad Michael Studio

Studio Branding by Chad Michael Studio

You&Me Namecard by You & M Creative

You&Me Namecard by You & M Creative

Behind the Monkey by Maegan Brown

Behind the Monkey by Maegan Brown

Paper Party 2016 by Ashley Buzzy

Paper Party 2016 by Ashley Buzzy

Pixelbox Business Card by Pixelbox

Pixelbox Business Card by Pixelbox

Salon am Hof by formdusche

Salon am Hof by formdusche#

Pearls & Perfumes by Bunch

Pearls & Perfumes by Bunch

Etxeberria by Mikel Cans

Etxeberria by Mikel Cans

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  1. Highly satisfying post–especially the work from Chad Micheal Studios. Were I more designer than photographer, that’s the direction I would go towards. Truly superb.

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  2. Really great article Chris. Inspired by this work and the effect itself. It has given me an idea for a print I would like to design, so thanks for the help and inspiration!

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  3. Great examples! Foil doesn’t have to be expensive as it used to be. Printers can now do a type of foil with the digital press! I’ve run a couple jobs here with our local printer with it. It’s surprisingly good. Food for thought for those on a budget.

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    • I have found that the digital foil is great for posters or brochures where the paper is thin. If you are doing foiled business cards you can’t beat letterpress. The contrast of textures between a rough uncoated card and a gloss foil combined with the indentation you get from letterpress gives the cards a feel you can’t get from digital foiling.

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  4. Wow! Thank you for new attractive and unique designs! I will try to design this type of foil cards for learning. As a designer I must say these are great foil cards. By the way i love all of the design.

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