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Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Foil Stamping, embossing, holography, and unique effects such as specialty coatings, laminates, decorative diecutting, and cold foil on a product represent quality, added value, shelf presence, individuality and security — attributes that allow a product to shine above the rest of the competition. The Foil & Specialty Effects Assn. ( showcases this type of eye-catching work in its annual “Gold Leaf Awards” competition, a culmination of the most creative, brilliant, and technically difficult works in the industry.

The 2009 competition included new categories for specialty UV coatings, laminates and laser cutting, as well as categories relating to the use of ecofriendly materials and cold foil. Entries were judged on design, execution, and level of difficulty in 28 different categories with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category.

Presented here is a selection of gold award winning entries. See all of the 2009 Gold Leaf Award winners at

Legend M: Machinery D: Die manufacturer F: Foil manufacturer

Capabilities Brochure

“The Perfect Finish”

Fastkit (Doral, FL)compan

M: Saroglia

D: Apple Olympic

F: Nakai International, Infinity Foils-A UEI Group Co., Crown Roll Leaf

Foil stamp, blind emboss, diecut, spot UV, eyelets, stitch. Perfect bind, riveting, film lamination, silkscreen, duplex, tipping, wire-o and handwork.

Best Use of Ink over Foil

“UEI Group Reach for Excellence”

BrightMARKS, LLC (Lenexa, KS)

M: Bobst, Kluge

D: Universal Engraving - A UEI Group Company

F: Infinity Foils - A UEI Group Company

PVC foil stamp, print 6/5, gloss UV, emboss and trim.

Additional BrightMARKS awards:

  • Corporate Brochure/Catalog/Annual Report, “Tom Watson Design Corporate Brochure”: print cover 2/5, foil stamp, emboss, score, and trim; print pages 6/6 score and trim; foil stamp fly sheets and trim; collate all, marry with cover, perfect bind and final trim.

  • Difficult Substrate, “US Fidelis Envelope”: Tint foil and sculpture emboss.

Business Card

“Vertical Product Development”

Trade Print Finishing (Salt Lake City, UT)

M: Kluge, Carver

F: Crown Roll Leaf, Kurz Transfer Products

Two colors of foil, two colors of engraving, and embossed.

Additional Trade Print Finishing award:

  • Specialty UV Coatings, “Design Tools”: two passes of foil, one pass of engraving and embossed litho lamination.

Announcement or Invitation, Difficult Application


Stylex 3D (Laval, Quebec, Canada)

D: Metal Magic, Stylex 3D

F: ITW Foils;

Foil stamp, emboss and diecut.

Additional Stylex 3D awards:

  • Laminating Films, “La RĂ©ponse”: 4-color print plus nylon lamination and sculpture emboss.

  • Stationery Ensemble, “Stylex 3D Stationery Ensemble”: hot stamp in three colors, emboss, diecut and laser cut.

Next Page: Presentation Folder

Presentation Folder

“Cinco Ranch”

Prestige Embossing (Houston, TX)

M: Brausse

D: Stoltmon Engraving

F: Great Western Foil and Crown Roll Leaf

Combo foil stamp/emboss pocket folder in two areas and spot UV the flysheet in two areas. Mount pocket folder stock, then register emboss in three areas.

Folding Carton, Difficult Application

“Beverly Hills Polo Club Classic”

Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)

M: Bobst BMA

D: Metal Magic

F: API Foils

Textured Black Vat Dyed paperboard carton offset printed with two colors and dull stampable varnish, gold and red hot foil stamped accents.

Additional Diamond Packaging award:

  • Sustainable Materials, “Diamond Packaging 2010 Calendar”: Header in 4-color process plus one PMS, spot UV gloss coat, aqueous dull varnish, foil stamp, holographic foil stamp, emboss and multi-level emboss; backers in 4-color process, one PMS color, metallic silver, spot UV gloss coat, aqueous dull varnish; shipper in 4-color process, two PMS colors, aqueous gloss coat.

Decorative Diecutting

“A Celebration of Imagination”

Independent Printing (Depere, WI)

M: Brausse 1050 SE diecutter, 1050 SEF foil stamper

D: Universal Engraving, A UEI Group Co.

F: Infinity Foils, A UEI Group Co.

Print 29-inch CD 6-color with plastic ink (PMS 368 Green) and plastic black ink. Foil stamp, metallic black foil register to print. Emboss, register to print and foil. Diecut and score, register to print and foil. Hand fold.

Folding Carton, Ink with Foil

“Clint Eastwood DVD Package”

LPI (New Berlin, WI)

M: Bobst

D: Metal Magic

F: Kurz Transfer Products

Emboss, diecut, fold, glue and foil board stock.

Additional LPI award:

  • Best Use of Embossing, “Lake County Press Calendar”: Mount paper to foam core, diecut, foil stamp, emboss, diecut, hand assemble and fulfillment.

Next Page: Self Promotion

Self Promotion

“Look Book”

Starcke Oy (Finland)

M: Kluge

D: Universal Engraving, Inc., A UEI Group Co.

F: API Foils, Crown Roll Leaf, Kurz Transfer Products, Nakai Intl., Infinity Foils a UEI Group Co.

Book Cover/Jacket

“From Tradition to Modernity”

C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. (Hong Kong)

D & F: C & C Joint Printing Co.

Both volumes of books in the binding case used the limp-sewn binding style. Case cover and book cover: matte lamination, embossing, diecutting, foil stamping and other effects. Embossing was used to enhance the image and create a third dimension.

Best Use of Holographic Foil

“General Chemistry”

Lehigh Phoenix (Hagerstown, MD)

D: Lehigh Phoenix

F: Crown Roll Leaf

Printed in 4-color process and two hits of opaque white. Finished with mylar film and shimless holographic foil stamping.


“Disc Graphics 2010 Calendar”

Disc Graphics Inc. (Hauppauge, NY)

M: Heidelberg, Bobst stamper, Bobst diecutter

D: h+m USA, HAP Engraving

F: Kurz Transfer Products

4-color process plus stamping, embossing, grit coating, glitter, and reticulating process for matte and gloss look.

Announcement or Invitation, Creative Use

“I Thee Wed”

MCD Inc. (Madison, WI)

M: Heidelberg, Thompson

D: Universal Engraving, a UEI Group Co.

F: Nakai Intl.

Foil stamp two colors, register emboss to foil, laser cut, score, final trim and pack.

Label (Sheet or Rotary)

“Varaison Vineyards & Winery”

Landmark Label Manufacturing (Fremont, CA)

M: New Foil, Mark Andy

D: DeCrevel

F: API Foils

Gold “V” and copper leaf flexo printed inline. Green leaf stamped in first pass through New Foil press; second pass purple grapes; third pass purple text; fourth pass emboss.

Next Page: Folding Carton, Creative Use

Folding Carton, Creative Use

“Kat Von D Cosmetic Line”

Bert-Co (Los Angeles)

M: SBL-1300SEF

F: API Foils

Print two hits black, PMS spot color, spot soft, touch coating and water-based coating over PMS and foil stamp.

Cold Foil, Client Promotion


Finlay (Bloomfield, CT)

M: manroland using a Prindor inline foil unit

F: Kurz Transfer Products

Brilliance foil by Finlay is an inline registered trademark process created and perfected by Finlay. Real foil is integrated with ink on press.

Cold Foil, Self Promotion


Kurz Transfer Products LP (Charlotte, NC)

M: Heidelberg CD 74

F: Leonard Kurz Stiftung & Co KG, Germany

Cold foil transfer and 4-color litho.

Greeting Card

“Don Hall's Christmas Card to Employees”

Hallmark Cards Inc. (Kansas City, MO)

M: Thomson

D: Hallmark

F: API Foils

Foil stamp, screenprint tinted adhesive and micro flitter (glitter).

Client Promotion


Schreiber Specialties (Sussex, WI)

M: Brausse BF 750

D: Metal Magic

F: Nakai International and ITW Foils

4-color foil stamp on hard case.

Laser Cutting

“350 West Broadway Invitation”

LasX Industries, Inc. (St. Paul, MN)

M: LaserSharp Laser Module

The designer creates a vector file with indication of what lines need to be scored for folding and what lines are to be through cut. For directional folding, the sheets may be laser scored on both sides calling for a two-stage laser process with re-registration. After laser cutting, the sheet is then folded and inserted into the printed card exterior.