Foil stamping machines, predominantly used in commercial printing, utilise heat to apply a design to a flat surface. Smaller foil stamping machines allow for a variety of customisable crafts. Real metals such as copper, gold or silver form designs on journals, homemade greeting cards and home decor items
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Foil stamping turns a plain journal into a one-of-a-kind item. Use the foil stamping machine to personalise a journal with a name or mark a memorable occasion such as graduation. Journals stay organised when the foil stamping marks the months and year inside the pages. Wait until the book is complete, and then label it with the metallic foil. Alternately, combine several designs and metals for a distinct look. For example, alternate gold and silver to create a pattern of butterflies and flowers on the cover.
Foil stamping adds a special touch to a homemade greeting card craft. You can create a simple but elegant design using only foil stamping. Continue the foil stamping inside of the card for added personalisation. For an artistic greeting card craft, pair the foil stamping with another medium, such as watercolour paint, for an enhanced design.
Turn an ordinary photo or picture into a work of art with a foil stamped mat. To make the craft, take any plain mat used to frame a picture and add foil stamping along the border. Try using silver foil on a black mat for black and white photographs for a complementary look.
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