We all love a bit of bling on paper, especially the gold variety, or silver, or bronze…we’re not fussy! Matt Murcott, Director at Matte Gold sure knows how to make paper sparkle. Being in the business of embellishments, they specialise in foil stamping, embossing, forme cutting, holographics and even highly secure hologram foils.
Family owned and operated, Matt first sighted a foil-stamping machine as a child in the Moorabbin factory where his father worked. After countless school holidays cutting his printing teeth on the Milford Astor hand foil stamping press, at 17 years of age, Matt began his foilstamping apprenticeship. The rest is history. Matt shares: “Matte Gold was always going to be realised – it was just a matter of when…”
Now a Foilmaster in his own right, Matt and his team work on some seriously cool projects from shimmering candle labels to stickers for tattooists, specialised business cards with coloured foils and specialty applications like Perspex and leather. For the last five years Murcott has worked closely with the RMIT Design Management and students, sharing his knowledge of the trade and is also on their Program Advisory Committee.
The embellishment industry has come a long way in recent years and business is constant for Matte Gold. The biggest challenge has always been about education, for designers and consumers. Matt says: “Offshore options for consumers are slowly being reigned in thanks to poor quality and slow turnarounds but what remains is the ‘I want it now and I want it cheap’ issue… Designers are more inclined to ask questions before pushing the boundaries.”
When asked what the ultimate job would be, Matt said: “We do a bit of work with musicians and tried to get a spot producing some items for Midnight Oil’s tour this year, this would have been my personal dream project if we had pulled it off. Other than this, a lot of our work is so much fun and some days what we are doing right now, is dreamy enough.”
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Greg from Flibustier Jewellery approached us via Instagram to help create a unique certificate of authenticity for his flagship store located in Paris France. Armed with a great design concept, we were able to tweak his certificates into something very cool. Flibustier base their Jewellery on being a pirate, a high-end pirate though!
We produced 5000 certificates on a Ball and Doggett 450 gsm Deep Black KeayKolour card.
Starting with a gloss black stipple background, we then applied a metallic gold foil on both sides (incorporating a QR code) the skull was foiled with a Kurz Gold Valid Security Hologram which we also embossed for effect and finished off with a shapecut.
World class results – made in Melbourne and shipping to the world.
Foilstamping can be the all-important difference between an ordinary marketing material and a piece that’s both shiny and irresistible. If you’re looking for a unique way to add some class and sophistication to your printed project to make it look and feel more premium, then foil printing is the way to go. Here’s what foil printing is and what it’s good for.
Foilstamping is a specialty printing process which uses heat, pressure and metallic OR matt foil. This is used to create different effects with graphics on various materials. Foilstamping gives the focus area an incredible look and has long been the preferred method of enhancing print in many industries.
So, this technique is an application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by applying a heated die on to the foil. This makes it permanently adhere to the surface which leaves the image/design of the die, regardless of whether it’s a small, intricate design or a larger surface area.
The unique thing about Foilstamping is that they come in a wide selection of colours and finishes. Although the most popular colours are clearly gold and silver foils, they also come in many other colours and effects, such as holographic and pearlescent which all help to create premium finishes and sometimes replicate the look of precious metals.