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There are 2 Types of Foils:

  • Hot Stamping
  • Toner Reactive

 

You can't see any difference between these two types of foils as they look identical. What's different is the 'sizing' (adhesive) applied to the back of the foils.

 

You've seen "Hot Stamping Foils" on almost every Greeting Card in the rack. It can only be done in mass-production because it requires a metal 'die' to be fabricated, put into a press, heated and then strike the foil to heat the back of it making it transfer that shape to any type of paper. Obviously, not the route we want to take here when you want to make just one image, or uniquely customize each one of a batch to do.

 

 

The second type of foil is called "Toner Reactive Foil" or TRF for short, a suffix you will see on all of our foils (eg. "Metallic RedTRF").

 

While "Hot Stamping" foils use a sizing that will stick to anything when heated and stamped, "TRF" foils will only stick to where there is plastic when subjected to high heat and pressure. So what good is that you may ask? Well, the beauty in all of this is that laser printer and conventional copier toner is comprised of about 55% pulverized styrene plastic ... and there in lies the connection.

 

With TRF foils, you can make just one image for pennies with no die or stamping machinery.

  • Print your image to your particular paper type
  • Cover the toner area with a foil color
  • Run paper and foil through a laminator, peel off the foil and you're done!

 

Perfect for custom 1-up projects or even mini-mass production of wedding invitations, etc. And you can do it all "in house" without the support of anyone else.