Foil Printing FAQ

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Have a question about custom foil printing? Check out these foil printing FAQ and learn what foil colors are available, how to indicate foil on your print-ready file, what stocks to pair your foil with and more.

Foil Business Cards

Gold Foil Business Card Printing

What’s the standard business card size?

The standard business card size is 3-1/2″W x 2”H. This is the finished size. Be sure to consider bleed, as you design your business cards with our predetermined sizes or custom dimensions. Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

What’s a typical order quantity?

For business card printing, the minimum order quantity is 50. People typically begin with 250 or 500 business cards, depending on their profession, industry and how they plan to use them.

Does my business card design have to be horizontal?

No. Online printing lets you design your business card with a vertical or horizontal orientation.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

Foil Business Cards are printed on various coated stocks with cover and point weight options, where the higher the number, the thicker the stock. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can my business card have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend foil printing on uncoated stocks or textured stocks.

What’s the best logo size? If I don’t have a logo, can you design one for me?

You can design unique business cards with logos as small or large as you like. If your design includes a logo that’s partially cut off, remember to include a 1/8″ bleed. Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

Our Layout Services team can work with you to create a logo or your entire business card design for an additional fee. Just provide a brief description of your design idea and our designers will contact you within one business day to discuss your project. Learn more: Layout Services

Can I add foil to both sides of the business card?

Yes. Foil printing is available on both sides of your business card and can be combined with black or full-color ink on both sides. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Do you offer foil printing in other colors not listed on your website?

Currently, we offer gold, rose gold, silver and holographic foil on custom business cards. However, as a premium online printer, we’re working on making new colors available in the future.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

You can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Will I be able to proof my business cards?

Yes. A digital PDF soft proof will be available for your review within one business day after we receive your file upload. You’ll be able to review the project’s content, format and more and make any changes before it’s printed. Learn more: Proofs

Can I add die cutting to my business cards?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil.

Can I add a coating or laminate to my cards?

Foil Business Cards are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate, which gives them a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear. We cannot add another coating or laminate to the cards. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Can I create business cards with different logos and designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple business cards. For this online printing service, the designs can change but your cards must be the same size and have the same foil color and finish. Learn more: Versions

Foil Bookmarks

Foil bookmarks

What’s the standard bookmark size?

Common and popular sizes for bookmarks are 2”W x 6”L and 2”W x 8”L.

What paper stocks are available?

You can design your own Foil Bookmarks for online printing on three different coated stocks. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks

How do I choose a paper weight?

For bookmark printing, paper weight refers to the thickness of the stock. Depending on the stock, you may see point weights, cover weights and/or text weights, where the higher the number, the thicker the stock. Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can foil bookmarks be printed on both sides? 

Yes. Personalized bookmarks can be printed on both sides in black or full-color ink. Foil can also be added to both sides. Just use the “Printing on the Front” and “Printing on the Back” dropdowns on the product page. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Can I create foil bookmarks with different sayings and designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple bookmarks. Part of our online printing services, it lets you change the designs but your bookmarks must be the same size, stock and foil color. Learn more: Versions

Do you print foil bookmarks with tassels?

Yes. We can print bookmarks with tassels via Custom Quote. Another option is to simply add a drill hole to your bookmarks and tie on your own tassel, string or ribbon. Just use the Drilling Options dropdown on the product page. 

Can custom bookmarks have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend bookmark printing with uncoated stocks or textured stocks. 

Can I add more than one foil color to my bookmark? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer gold, rose gold, silver and holographic foil. If you’d like a different color, please reach out for a Custom Quote.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

You can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I add die cutting to my foil bookmarks?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil. 

Can I add a coating or laminate to my foil bookmark?

Foil Bookmarks are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate on the foil side. Soft Touch offers a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear, while allowing you to write personal messages on the non-coated side. We cannot add another coating or laminate to foil bookmarks. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Foil Brochures

Foil brochures

What sizes are available?

You can design custom Foil Brochures for online printing in our predetermined sizes. Just use the Unfinished Size dropdown on the product page.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

As a premium online printer, our brochure printing is available in coated paper stocks. We offer cover and point weights, where the larger the number, the heavier the stock.

Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can I print double-sided foil brochures?

Yes. You can print your own brochures with black or full-color ink on the front, back or both. Foil can also be added to both sides. Just use the Printing on the Front and Printing on the Back dropdowns on the product page. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

What kind of folding options are there?

We offer brochures with four fold options. You can choose a single fold, tri-fold, Z-fold or closed gate fold. These folds are great options since Soft Touch doesn’t allow multiple folds (more than two) to lay flat. Learn more: Brochure Folding Ideas

When should I use drill holes?

We offer single, double and triple drill hole options. You might add drill holes to your foil brochures if you’re including them in marketing binders or menu binders.

Can I create foil brochures with different designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple brochures (marketing brochures, product or service pamphlets, etc.). Part of our online printing services, it lets you change the designs but your brochures must be the same size, stock and foil color. Learn more: Versions

Can custom brochures have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend card printing with uncoated stocks or textured stocks. 

Can I add more than one foil color to my brochure? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer gold, rose gold, silver and holographic foil. If you’d like a different color, please reach out for a Custom Quote.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

You can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I add die cutting to my foil brochures?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil. 

Can I add a coating or laminate to my foil brochure?

Foil Brochures are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate on the foil side. Soft Touch offers a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear, while allowing you to write personal messages on the non-coated side. We cannot add another coating or laminate to foil brochures. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Foil Cards

Foil Card Printing

Do you print portrait and landscape cards?

Yes. Online printing lets you design your cards with a portrait or landscape orientation.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

Foil Cards are available in Coated Gloss, Coated Matte and Coated Semigloss 2 Sides (C2S) white paper stock. They’re available in 80#, 100# and 120# cover weight (the higher the weight, the thicker the stock). Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can my card have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend foil printing with uncoated stocks or textured stocks.

Can I add foil to the front and back of the card?

It depends. If you design your card flat, foil printing is available on the front only. If you design your card with a fold, foil can be added to the front and back (not the interior). Foil can be combined with black or full-color ink on both sides. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Can I add more than one foil color to my custom card? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer only gold, silver and holographic foil. However, as a premium online printer, we’re working on making new colors available in the future.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

For card printing, you can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I print on the inside of my card?

Yes, as long as you design your card with a fold. When you have a fold, the dropdown on the product page called Printing on the Back refers to the inside of the card.

Can I proof my cards?

Yes. A digital PDF soft proof will be available for your review within one business day after we receive your file upload. You’ll be able to review the project’s content, format and more and make any changes before it’s printed. Learn more: Proofs

Can I add die cutting to my cards?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil.

Can I add a coating or laminate to my card?

Foil Cards are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate, which gives them a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear. Add Soft Touch to both sides or try it just on the foil side and write personal messages on the non-coated side. We cannot add another coating or laminate to the cards. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Can I create cards with different sayings and designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple cards. For this online printing service, the designs can change but your cards must be the same size and have the same foil color and finish. Learn more: Versions

Are envelopes included? Can you print on the envelopes?

Envelopes are not included but you can add them to your cards by choosing the coordinating size and stock from the Matching Envelopes dropdown. Learn more: Understanding Envelope Sizes

We can also print your envelopes with variable data to personalize each one. Simply choose your preference in the Envelope Printing dropdown. Learn more: Variable Data Printing

Foil Greeting Cards

Foil Greeting Card Printing

What’s a standard greeting card size?

A very common and popular greeting card size is 5″W x 7”H.

Do you print portrait and landscape greeting cards?

Yes. Online printing lets you design your greeting cards with a portrait or landscape orientation.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

Foil Greeting Cards are printed on our Coated Semigloss 1 Side (C1S) white paper stock and available in 10pt., 12pt. and 14pt. weight (the higher the weight, the thicker the stock). Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can my custom greeting cards have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend foil printing on with uncoated stocks or textured stocks.

Can I add foil to the front and back of the greeting card?

It depends. If you design your card flat, foil printing is available on the front only. If you design your card with a fold, foil can be added to the front and back (not the interior). Foil can be combined with black or full-color ink on both sides. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Can I add more than one foil color to my card? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer only gold, silver and holographic foil. However, as a premium online printer, we’re working on making new colors available in the future.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

For card printing, you can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I print on the inside of my card?

Yes, as long as you design your card with a fold. When you have a fold, the dropdown on the product page called Printing on the Back refers to the inside of the card.

Can I proof my greeting cards?

Yes. A digital PDF soft proof will be available for your review within one business day after we receive your file upload. You’ll be able to review the project’s content, format and more and make any changes before it’s printed. Learn more: Proofs

Can I add die cutting to my greeting cards?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil.

Can I add a coating or laminate to my card?

Foil Greeting Cards are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate on the foil side. Soft Touch offers a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear, while allowing you to write personal messages on the non-coated side. We cannot add another coating or laminate to the cards. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Can I create cards with different sayings and designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple greeting cards. For this online printing service, the designs can change but your cards must be the same size and have the same foil color and finish. Learn more: Versions

Are envelopes included? Can you print on the envelopes?

Envelopes are not included but you can add them to your greeting cards by choosing the coordinating size and stock from the Matching Envelopes dropdown. Learn more: Understanding Envelope Sizes

We can also print your envelopes with variable data to personalize each one. Simply choose your preference in the Envelope Printing dropdown. Learn more: Variable Data Printing

Foil Invitations

Foil Invitation Printing

Do you print portrait and landscape invitations?

Yes. Online printing lets you design invitations with a portrait or landscape orientation.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

Foil Invitations are available in Coated Gloss, Coated Matte and Coated Semigloss 2 Sides (C2S) white paper stock. They’re available in 80#, 100# and 120# cover weight (the higher the weight, the thicker the stock). Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can my invitation have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend foil printing  with uncoated stocks or textured stocks.

Can I add foil to the front and back of my custom invitation?

It depends. If you design your invitation flat, foil printing is available on the front only. If you design your invitation with a fold, foil can be added to the front and back (not the interior). Foil can be combined with black or full-color ink on both sides. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

If I add a fold, can I print on the inside of my invitation?

Yes. When you have a fold, the dropdown on the product page called Printing on the Back refers to the inside of the folded invitation.

Can I add more than one foil color to my invitation? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer only gold, silver and holographic foil. However, as a premium online printer, we’re working on making new colors available in the future.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

For invitation printing, you can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I proof my invitations?

Yes. A digital PDF soft proof will be available for your review within one business day after we receive your file upload. You’ll be able to review the project’s content, format and more and make any changes before it’s printed. Learn more: Proofs

Can I add die cutting to my invitations?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil.

Can I add a coating or laminate to my invitations?

Foil Invitations are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate, which gives them a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear. You can choose to add Soft Touch to one or both sides, but note that you cannot write on Soft Touch. We cannot add another coating or laminate to the invitations. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Can I print extra invitations later?

Yes. You can place a reorder for extra invitations. However, we recommend adding extras to your initial order to avoid paying more later.

Can I create invitations with different sayings and designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple invitations. For this online printing service, the designs can change but your invitations must be the same size and have the same foil color and finish. Learn more: Versions

Are envelopes included? Can you print on the envelopes?

Envelopes are not included but you can add them to your invitations by choosing the coordinating size and stock from the Matching Envelopes dropdown. Learn more: Understanding Envelope Sizes

We can also print your envelopes with variable data to personalize each one. Simply choose your preference in the Envelope Printing dropdown. Learn more: Variable Data Printing

Foil Postcards

Foil postcards

What sizes are available?

You can design custom Foil Postcards for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

As a premium online printer, our foil postcard printing is available in coated paper stocks. We offer cover and point weights, where the larger the number, the heavier the stock.

Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can foil postcards be printed double-sided?

Yes. You can print your own postcards with black or full-color ink on the front, back or both. Foil can also be added to both sides. Just use the Printing on the Front and Printing on the Back dropdowns on the product page. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Can I create foil postcards with multiple designs in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple postcards in one order (for package inserts, care instructions, marketing, etc.). Our online printing services require your postcards be the same size, stock and foil color but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

Can you mail my foil postcards?

We do not recommend mailing Foil Postcards since Soft Touch laminate should not be sent through mail processing machines. If you’d like to mail your Foil Postcards, please ensure your post office can accommodate this. 

For mailing options, visit Direct Mail Postcards, Foil Invitations or Foil Wedding Invitations

Can custom postcards have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend card printing with uncoated stocks or textured stocks. 

Can I add more than one foil color to my postcard? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer gold, rose gold, silver and holographic foil. If you’d like a different color, please reach out for a Custom Quote.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

You can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I add die cutting to my foil postcards?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil. 

Can I add a coating or laminate to my foil postcard?

Foil Postcards are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate on the foil side. Soft Touch offers a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear, while allowing you to write personal messages on the non-coated side. We cannot add another coating or laminate to foil postcards. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

Foil Wedding Invitations

Foil Wedding Invitation Printing

Do you print portrait and landscape wedding invitations?

Yes. Online printing lets you design wedding invitations with a portrait or landscape orientation.

What paper stocks and weights are available?

Foil Wedding Invitations are available in Coated Gloss, Coated Matte and Coated Semigloss 2 Sides (C2S) white paper stock. They’re available in 80#, 100# and 120# cover weight (the higher the weight, the thicker the stock). Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can my invitation have foil printing on an uncoated stock or speciality stock like linen or felt weave?

With our foil process, we do not recommend foil printing with uncoated stocks or textured stocks.

Can I add foil to the front and back of my custom invitation?

It depends. If you design your invitation flat, foil printing is available on the front only. If you design your invitation with a fold, foil can be added to the front and back (not the interior). Foil can be combined with black or full-color ink on both sides. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

If I add a fold, can I print on the inside of my invitation?

Yes. When you have a fold, the dropdown on the product page called Printing on the Back refers to the inside of the folded invitation.

Can I add more than one foil color to my wedding invites? Are there other colors available that aren’t listed on your website?

No, foil colors cannot be combined. Currently, we offer only gold, silver and holographic foil. However, as a premium online printer, we’re working on making new colors available in the future.

How do I specify where the foil goes on my print-ready file?

For invitation printing, you can indicate where you’d like foil to go by adding foil layers to your file. Learn more: How to Add Foil

Include the foil layers in your PDF, along with high resolution images in the CMYK color space with the appropriate bleed. Learn more: Print-Ready Files

Can I proof my invitations?

Yes. A digital PDF soft proof will be available for your review within one business day after we receive your file upload. You’ll be able to review the project’s content, format and more and make any changes before it’s printed. Learn more: Proofs

Can I add die cutting to my invitations?

We do not recommend die cutting products with foil.

Can I add a coating or laminate to my invitations?

Foil Wedding Invitations are automatically printed with Soft Touch laminate, which gives them a suede-like feel and guards against wear and tear. You can choose to add Soft Touch to one or both sides, but note that you cannot write on Soft Touch. We cannot add another coating or laminate to the invitations. Learn more: Soft Touch Laminate

When should I order my invitations?

Typically, people order wedding invitations about 4-6 months out from the wedding day.

Can I print extra invitations later?

Yes. You can place a reorder for extra invitations. However, we recommend adding at least an extra 25 invitations to your initial order to avoid paying more later.

What if I have multiple guests lists? Can I create one invitation for the ceremony and one invitation for the reception in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature you can print various designs to differ content on multiple invitations in the same order. For this online printing service, the designs can change but your invitations must be the same size and have the same foil color and finish.

This can save you time and money when you have an A-list and B-list or guests attending just the ceremony and guests attending just the reception. Learn more: Versions

Do you offer belly bands?

Yes. Our plastic belly bands are available via Custom Quote. If you’re looking for more decorative paper belly bands, we recommend printing and applying them yourself.

Are envelopes included? Can you print on the envelopes?

Envelopes are not included but you can add them to your invitations by choosing the coordinating size and stock from the Matching Envelopes dropdown. Learn more: Understanding Envelope Sizes

We can also print your envelopes with variable data to personalize each one. Simply choose your preference in the Envelope Printing dropdown. Learn more: Variable Data Printing

If you have questions about these foil printing FAQ or other printing services, please contact customer service.

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