Hot Stamping, Embossing, Debossing, Monogramming...
What are they?
They mostly mean the same thing, which is personalising a product with your name, monogram or company logo.
The hot stamping process includes a hot stamping press, a hot stamping die or type, and sometimes a hot stamping foil if you choose to add color to your impression.
The hot stamping press contains a heating element that heats up the die or type; the marking cycle starts when the press engages the heated die or type with the foil and transfers the ink from the foil carrier onto the part to be marked.
The press then disengages at the end of the marking cycle leaving behind a crisp, permanent, ink impression on the part.
Embossing / Debossing
Embossing and debossing, the difference is whether it is raised or recessed. Embossing is when you press into the medium from underneath and the text or image is raised. Debossing is when the text or image is imprinted from above to cause a depression or indentation in the medium.
Blind debossing simply means to mark a recessed image without the use of coloured foils.
A monogram or wenzel is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, used as recognisable symbols or logos.
Meet The King(sley)
Embossing / Debossing
Hotstamping in gold foil
Logo Debossing in gold
Blind vs foil, monogram
Hot Stamping Machine
What is suitable for hot stamping?
Requirements, terms and conditions
Item must be a flat plane of uniform thickness, ie. from the top of the text to the bottom of the text, or from the beginning of the text to the end of the text, there is no change in thickness. If one side is thicker than the other, when the press is engaged, the thickest part will be marked, while the thinnest part will not a clear mark of the die or type.
Suitable items are wallets, luggage tags, labels, book covers, laptop sleeves, key straps, bag straps, and other similar types of products.
Unsuitable items are rounded/puffy balloon bags, bucket bags, uneven surfaces or textures, corners or edges of large items that need to be held down under pressure.
Item cannot be more than 50mm thick, eg. clutch or long wallets with many internal pockets. When lying flat, the full thickness of the wallet may exceed the press clearance height.
Leather products with a plastic/polyurethane/polyethylene coating may require a test print on a sacrificial sample. Some of these coatings have melting points lower than the required marking temperature, so the coatings on the leather product may melt before the foil is hot enough to be transferred. If the press is not hot enough for the foil to transfer, the foil may transfer partially, looking like it flaked off or faded. In this case, it is recommended that the item be blind debossed instead. No foil is used in the process.
Client and customers must be informed and made aware of the risks involved. Despite our experience and best efforts, sometimes defects may be caused by surface contamination of the marking surface that are not within our control. Some faux leather/PU/pleather products are made in molds that require a non-stick release agent that may prevent the perfect transfer of foil onto the surface. We shall not not be liable for any defective marking on any products not made by us, pertaining to but not limited to partial foil transfers, uneven marking, and tooling marks left by protruding parts of the hot stamping press.
For your items
For live hotstamping at events, we guarantee 50 prints per hour with less than 5% defects.
We can print on your leather goods, cards, boxes, ribbons, and a range of other medium.
Unsure if hotstamping is suitable for your item? Contact us to find out more.
Rental for Events
Daily / Weekly / Monthly
Rent a Kingsley to add a touch of nostalgia and class to your event. We provide tech support, staff training, and other supplies.
You'll be the talk of the town.
Over 10 Kingsley Machines for rental, short-term lease or purchase. Repair and restoration services available.
Short Term Lease
Includes staff training
Lease a Kingsley as an in-house feature in your retail store, or as an interactive display piece. With a fully functional Kingsley, you can provide monogramming services to your clients. We provide tech support, staff training, and other supplies.
You can also lease a non-functional Kingsley Machine for display purposes. Contact us for availability.
Own a Kingsley Machine
For personal / commercial use
Purchase a working antique that comes with a 1-year warranty, type, type holders, foils, and other peripherals.
Also available are non-functioning display pieces that look great in your retail display or home decor.
Repairs & Restoration
Get your Kingsley back up and running
If your Kingsley Machine was not procured through us, no worries! We can repair and restore old Kingsley Machines depending on its condition. Just bring your machine in to our clinic for us to make an assessment before giving you an approximate repair/restore quotation. We have machinists and metal fabricators to mill custom parts that may no longer be available. We cannot guarantee that we'll be able to fix all broken Kingsleys, so whether we take on the job will be on a case to case basis.
Foils and Type
Running out of foils? We have stocks of gold, silver, black, white, neon, glitter, and all the colours of the rainbow. Any specialty colours can be ordered and delivered within 10-14 days.