Foil Hot-Stamp

Our Hot Stamp imprints are created with an engraved magnesium plate, heat and pressure (or tonnage). This process uses a foil imprint that comes in a metallic or matte finish.

We can hot stamp a variety of surfaces, including gloss, matte, laminated and some plastic bags, as well as ribbons and bows. Hot Stamp imprints provide a high-end look to our products.

Why Choose Our Hot-Stamp Process?

Hot Stamp may be an ideal imprint process if you need:

  • An upscale retail look for your bag
  • Plastic or paper bags
  • Ribbons or bows
Ordering

We sell our products through a national network of promotional marketing distributorships that specialize in creative marketing and custom-imprinted merchandise. Please consult the Internet or phone directory for a promotional products consultant near you. For more details, please view our order information page. For rush service, please see our rush service documentation.

Charges

Plate charges apply to all new orders and re-orders with changes. A plate is required for each color and each unique design. Refer to the individual product page for the applicable plate charge.

Foil Hot-stamp Plate—$80.00 (G) per color, per design.

Ribbon Hot-stamp Plate—$45.00 (G). No additional plate charges for additional colors.

Art Edits—After approval for production, a plate charge per color, per design, will be incurred to remake the plate(s).

Re-orders—There is no plate charge for exact reorders if the order was printed within the past 36 months. Reorders with changes to the art, type changes/additions/removal, or additional imprint locations, will be treated as a new order and will incur plate charges.

Production

Production time begins after approval of your artwork and credit. Orders that request larger-than-catalog quantities or multiple print locations/colors will require extra production time. During peak production periods, BAG MAKERS may require extended production times due to production capacity. We will notify customers if submitted orders require additional production time.

New Orders—4 working days after proof and credit approval.

Re-orders—3 working days. Orders requiring proofs or prepayment require 1 extra working day.

Art Specifications

Prior to placing your order, we invite you to send a copy of your art and any questions regarding its printability to artinquiry@bagmakersinc.com. We will review your design, generally within 24 hours, and make recommendations for achieving the best imprint possible.

For more information, please view our general art specifications page

Programs and Formats

Vector art is preferred. Vector images can be resized without any loss of quality. Please note that placing or importing photographs, bitmap, or raster images into a drawing program does not convert them into vector artwork. If your artwork contains a placed or embedded raster image (PSD, TIFF, JPEG, CPT, EPS), the original raster image file should be included and be pre-approved by BAG MAKERS. We accept the following programs and formats:

adobe illustrator
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR—Preferred Vector Art Program

Save as native Illustrator .ai file, Illustrator Default PDF with the "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" box check-marked.

corel draw
COREL DRAW—Version X8 and lower

Save as native Corel .cdr file or Adobe PDF.


Multicolor Imprints

Colors must be separated by at least 18" of surrounding clear space to allow for color movement. Please note that some color movement will still occur. Designs with tighter registration must be pre-approved.

fonts and line rules
Fonts and Line Rules

If we do not have the exact font you used, the text in your art will default to a less attractive font changing the look of your design. Converting your fonts to outlines, paths, or curves eliminates this hazard by changing your fonts into vector shapes. This ensures that your artwork will print exactly how you expect it to look.

Minimum Sizes

1 point lines or rules.

10 point fonts. Thin serif fonts are not recommended.

halftones
Halftones

For best results, artwork containing halftones must be pre-approved and is available on select bag styles. Halftones are imprinted with a 30-line screen. Tint percentages for areas in the art containing halftones should range from 20% to 60%. Areas less than 20% may not print and areas greater than 60% may fill in and become a solid color. Designs that contain gradients or blends may need alterations for optimum print quality and will require a final, signed proof approval.

halftones and solid laydown close up
2-color imprint 2-color foil hot-stamp imprint shown at 100%