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25th Annual Gold Leaf Awards

 

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) revealed the honorees in the 25th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition during the FSEA•IADD Joint Conference, held April 11-13 in Franklin, Tennessee. Gold, silver and bronze winners in 38 categories were recognized at an awards reception held during the event.

Nearly 300 entries were received from around the world, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Denmark and China. Judged on design, execution and level of difficulty, the competition assesses submissions utilizing specialty finishing techniques from foil stamping and embossing to specialty coating, film laminating, laser cutting, diecutting, cold foil application and more. With a commitment to gaining visibility for the processes and those companies that execute the decorative enhancements, the competition celebrates the quality, added value, shelf presence, security and brand recognition that these finishing processes lend to the printed sheet.

Special thanks to the sponsors

 

Platinum: Bobst North America; Compact Foilers Ltd.; Crown Roll Leaf; Eagle Systems Inc.; h+m USA, L.P.; Infinity Foils, Inc. – a UEI Group Co.; Kurz Transfer Products; Metal Magic; Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc.; Univacco Foils Corporation; Universal Engraving, Inc. – a UEI Group Co.

Gold: API Group; Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc.; Brausse Group; Breit Technologies, LLC; Great Western Foils; ITW Specialty Films; Konica Minolta; Matik, Inc. (Gietz AG); MGI; Sakurai USA, Inc.; Sun Chemical

Best in Show

Fun & Games by J.S. McCarthy Printers

Honorable Mentions: "Dream with Us" by Carlo Gasperini & C.; 2018 Kurz Calendar by Kurz

Awards by Category

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Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Book Cover/Jacket
Rooster Bar
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# C1S True
Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# C1S Case
Children of Blood and Bone
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# C1S Sterling Ultra
Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Hardback Book Cover
The Gold Standard
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Paper Stock: 80# gloss cover
The Treasure of the Secret Cove
Lamplighter Publishing (Mt. Morris, NY)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Paper Stock: Alpha Skiver
Hey DV
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Hardback Book Cover
Voyages – Lucky Bag
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Foil Dies: Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai UV Press
A Christmas Treasury
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Ole Miss 2017 Football Guide
McGraphics Inc. (Nashville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge and BOBST
Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Greeting Card
Snowflake Christmas Card & Envelope
Merrill Communications LLC (St. Cloud, MN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: 100# White Endurance Gloss Cover/ 10pt. Carolina C1S Cover/ 80# Lynx Text
Baugh Humbug Holiday Card
D.E. Baugh Co. (Indianapolis, IN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: 100# Gloss Cover
Golf Channel Holiday Card
Sundance Marketing Solutions (Orlando, FL)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Paper Stock: 130# dull cover
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Greeting Card
Gravure Choquet 2018
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Plike white
UEI Greeting Card
BrightMARKS, LLC (Lenexa, KS)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: Carolina
Happy Holidays Card
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Best Use of Film Casting (Cast & Cure™)
Lalicious Birthday Cake Label
Label Impressions, Inc. (Orange, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Breit Technologies (Cast & CureTM)
Paper Stock: Avery Dennison
Schutt 2018
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Breit Technologies (Cast & Cure™)
Paper Stock: 100# gloss cover
Celebration of Hope
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai
Paper Stock: 12pt. C2S
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Client Promotion
Sweetwater “Hop Hash Easy IPA”
DMS Color (Birmingham, AL)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL unit
Paper Stock: McGregor
Lumiart & Lumi Silk
Starcke Oy (Finland)
Suppliers (Foil): API Group and Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge EHD, EHF, EHE
Paper Stock: Lumi Art and Lumi Silk
Thank You Book
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Independent Fiber
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Self Promotion
J.S. McCarthy Printers 2018 Fun & Games
J.S. McCarthy Printers (Augusta, ME)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products and Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m USA and Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: 24pt. Tango C2S Heavyweight White; 100# Royal Sundance Smooth Cv Black; 122# Plike C2S Cv Black, Red; 130# Creator Star Gloss Cv; 120# Accent Opaque Cv White Smooth; 111# Gmund Savanna Cv Tindalo; 12pt. Hampden C1S ½ Mil Silver Metalized Film; 100# Via Felt Cv Warm White
Caribbean Dreams
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai, BOBST
Paper Stock: 20pt. Candesce C1S
Chicken Box
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products and API Group
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: 19.9pt Invercote Creato C2S Silk Cover
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Self Promotion (Industry Supplier)
Let’s Rock
h+m USA (Charlotte, NC)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m USA
Suppliers (Machinery): Gietz AG
Paper Stock: Sappi
Sun Chemical Perforated Cards
Sun Chemical (Northlake, IL)
Paper Stock: SAPPI 100lb Opus
Anniversary Notebook Gietz
Gietz AG (Gossau, Switzerland)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m
Suppliers (Machinery): Gietz AG
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Presentation Folder
Bloody Good Folders
Admore® (Macomb, MI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products, Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST 102 with Eagle Systems foil unit
Paper Stock: Mohawk Carnival Felt New Black 80 C
Museum of the Bible
BrightMARKS, LLC (Lenexa, KS)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: Plike / Gruppo Cordenons
Banquet 2017 Anniversary
The Seidl’s Bindery, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI Jet Varnish 3D and iFoil System
Paper Stock: 110# coated cover
Most Creative Use of Foil & Embossing – Label (Sheet or Rotary)
Thanos Fine Ceramics
Print Panther (Ontario, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS
Paper Stock: Pacesetter Gloss Label
Rodney Strong Sonoma Vineyards
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Gallus TCS 250
Paper Stock: Estate 8
Flying Lady
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): API Group
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Gallus TCS 250
Paper Stock: Avery Killer White
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Label (Sheet or Rotary)
Borne of Fire
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): API Group
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Nilpeter MO4 rotary offset / combo press
Paper Stock: Avery Estate #8
Sidewinder
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Gallus TCS 250
Paper Stock: Avery Solid Embossable Foil
Wicked
Creative Labels (Gilroy, CA)

Suppliers (Foil): Great Western Foil Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Mark Andy 2210, Newfoil 3500
Paper Stock: 60# Avon BW Classic Linen w/WS FSC Certified
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Business Card
“A”
D&D Printing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge, Brausse
Paper Stock: 160# Cougar Smooth Double Thick Cover
Dragoni
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Fibermark black and stardream pink
MDG
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Crane Lettra
Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Announcement/Invitation
Carley & Ryan Invite
Subtle Impressions, Inc. (Gastonia, NC)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts, Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: 105# Neenah, Stardream, Quartz Cover
Queen’s Disco Invite
McGraphics Inc. (Nashville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils and Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
President’s Inauguration Invite
D&D Printing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge 14x22, Brausse 20x28
Paper Stock: 80# Classic Woodgrain Cover Canyon Brown, 50# Eames White Text, 122# Bordeau Pike Cover
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Announcement/Invitation
Letters – Moving Announcement for the Walshes
Haute Papier LLC (Arlington, VA)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Heidelberg Windmill
Paper Stock: Colorplan Ebony 540gsm, Lettra, Original Crown Mill, Waste Not Paper
Bootleggers Ball NYE 2018 Invite
McGraphics Inc. (Nashville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: 100# Cover stock
Jay & Cassandra’s Wedding
Copper Dog Press (Lexington, SC)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Classic Crest Patriot Blue laminated to Cranes Lettra Pearl White
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Rigid Boxes
Black Opium
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Suppliers (Machinery): Heidelberg foil cylinder + Kluge
Paper Stock: Black matte lamination over black board
White Diamonds Holiday Gift
Color Optics, a division of Phoenix Color (Rockaway, NJ)
Suppliers (Foil): ITW Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Phoenix Color
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Kluge
Paper Stock: 80# ½ mil Mylar
Ralph Lauren
Color Optics, a division of Phoenix Color (Rockaway, NJ)
Suppliers (Foil): ITW Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Phoenix Color
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Kluge
Paper Stock: 80# Sterling Ultra C1S
Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Folding Carton
Bespoke
FFI Diecutting, Embossing & Foil Stamping, a division of Foam Fabricators, Inc. (Aurora, CO)
Suppliers (Foil): Great Western Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Woodlot Cosmetics
Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. (British Columbia, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Great Western Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Brausse SBL 1050
Paper Stock: Via Felt, 15pt cover
Maybelline Holiday Collection
Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST 102
Paper Stock: API Group ½ Mil Bright Silver Metallized Polyester Film on .016 SBS (FSC Certified)
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Folding Carton
Infinitus Authentic Herbal Essence Package
LPK (Guangzhou, China)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: IP Sun
Vancouver Candle Company Accessory Cartons
Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. (British Columbia, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Brausse SBL 1050
Paper Stock: Box – Cougar Cover, Smooth 17.5pt., Insert – N Flute
Nintendo Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Trojan Litho (Renton, WA)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST SP 126
Paper Stock: SBS 24pt
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Corporate Brochure
“Dream with Us”
Carlo Gasperini & C. (Prato, Italy)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Carlo Gasperini & C.
Paper Stock: Gruppo Cordenons Papers
History St. Cloud Print Group
Merrill Communications LLC (St. Cloud, MN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Gietz FSA-720
Paper Stock: 100# Anthem Plus Matte Cover, 80# Anthem Plus Matte Text, 70# Lynx smooth text
“Beach Retreat” 2017 2nd Baptist College
The Seidl’s Bindery, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI Jet Varnish 3D
Paper Stock: 100# coated cover with soft touch AQ
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Calendar (Industry Supplier)
Kurz 2018 Calendar
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m USA
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Kluge
Paper Stock: Neenah UV Ultra II (cover), 24pt. Carolina C1S
2018-2019 “Constellation” FedriGoni Calendar
Carlo Gasperini & C. (Prato, Italy)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Carlo Gasperini & C.
Paper Stock: Fedrigoni Papers
Gietz Calendar
Gietz AG (Gossau, Switzerland)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m
Suppliers (Machinery): Gietz AG – FSA 1060 Foil Commander
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Calendar
Gravure Choquet Foil FX 2018
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Paper Stock: Black board + soft touch lamination and double thickness
Diamond Packaging 2018 Calendar
Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): ITW Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), BOBST BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce® .018 SBS paperboard (header/backers), Domtar Cougar Opaque White Smooth 80# Text (pages), Clearwater Candesce® .010 SBS laminated to E-flute (shipper)
Thank You Calendar Poster
Sundance Marketing Solutions (Orlando, FL)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: 100# gloss cover +1.5ml soft touch lamination
Best Use of Holographic Foil
A Special Invitation 2017 Genesis G90
Print Panther (Ontario, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS
Paper Stock: 100lb. creator cover gloss
Stolpman Vineyards Syrah So Hot
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Paper Stock: Estate #8-60#
Oliver Loving
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# C1S Sterling Ultra
Most Creative Use of Embossing
Diorama 2017
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Accent Opaque Promotional Kit
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: International Paper Company – Accent Opaque 120# cover
Laura Mercier Exotique Face Illuminator
Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Hampden Paper ½ Mil Bright Silver Metallized Polyester Film on .018 SBS
Most Difficult Use of Embossing
Little Valley Nursery
FFI Diecutting, Embossing & Foil Stamping, a division of Foam Fabricators, Inc. (Aurora, CO)
Suppliers (Foil): Great Western Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Neenah Classic Laid
Costa Palmas Portfolio Cases
Pacific Bindery Services Ltd. (British Columbia, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Great Western Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Brausse SBL 1050
Paper Stock: 22pt. Mohawk, Eggshell Cover
Harry & David Linen Finish
Trojan Litho (Renton, WA)
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: SBS 14pt., medium kraft, linen
Best Use of Digital UV Inkjet Coatings
Eyepopping Brochure for Digital Spot UV & iFoil
The Seidl’s Bindery, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI Jet Varnish 3D Classic and iFoil System
Paper Stock: 100# coated cover
Bassett Direct direct mailer
Print Panther (Ontario, Canada) Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS Paper Stock: 12pt. cover
Summer Classics “Gabby” furniture line book cover
DMS Color (Birmingham, AL)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL unit
Paper Stock: McGregor
Best Use of Digital UV Inkjet Coatings with Foil
Sweetwater 420 Poster
DMS Color (Birmingham, AL)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL unit
Paper Stock: McGregor
“Feel Your Print” Brochure
DMS Color (Birmingham, AL)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL unit
Paper Stock: McGregor
Stay Gold
Jostens (Clarksville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Paper Stock: 80# cover
Best Use of Ink Over Foil
LCP February 2018
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): BOBST
Paper Stock: 80# coated cover
Easter Card
Dreyer Kliche (Herlev, Denmark)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dreyer Kliche
Paper Stock: Billerud Korsnas White, 270 gsm
Clarisonic Mia 1 Holiday 17
Trojan Litho (Renton, WA)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): Brausse, BOBST
Paper Stock: SBS 18pt.
Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Miscellaneous
Inspiration Box #3
h+m USA (Charlotte, NC)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m USA
Paper Stock: Sappi
Chinese New Year Bar Credit
Behrmann Printing Company (Southfield, MI)
Suppliers (Foil): API Group and Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Owosso Graphic Arts
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Paper Stock: Neenah Classic Crest, 80# Red Pepper, 130# Epic Black
Talladega Program Covers
DMS Color (Birmingham, AL)
Suppliers (Foil): Crown Roll Leaf
Suppliers (Machinery): Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFOIL unit
Paper Stock: McGregor
Most Difficult Use of Foil and Embossing – Miscellaneous
Glade Spring Sales Kit
LPI – Letterhead Press (New Berlin, WI)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
US Mint American Liberty
Gravure Choquet (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet and Metal Magic
Paper Stock: Black board + soft touch lamination Senzo
Star Wars Invite & Gable Box
Datagraphic Business Systems (Brentwood, NY)
Paper Stock: 107# Reich Shine Onyx Cover plied to 214# Cover
Best Use of Specialty UV Coatings
ABCDE
The Bertelsmann Printing Group/Dynamic Graphic Finishing (New York, NY)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dynamic Graphic Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai, BOBST
Paper Stock: 100# Mohawk Via Vellum Cool White
Speck Presidio Grip + Glitter
Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), BOBST BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce® .016 SBS paperboard
Newman Mark Your Calendar
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# gloss cover
Best Use of Laser Cutting
O’Connor Justice Prize
Foil Graphics Co. (Phoenix, AZ)
Suppliers (Machinery): Epilog Laser
Menu, Gala Gutenberg 2017
ICI – Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (Quebec, Canada)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Gravure Choquet
Paper Stock: Mohawk Papers
Spinning Business Card
SunDance Marketing Solutions (Orlando, FL)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Paper Stock: Classic Crest Cover 80# Smooth
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Label (Sheet or Rotary) Self Promotion
Gietz Whiskey
Gietz AG (Gosssau, Switzerland)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): h+m
Suppliers (Machinery): Gietz AG – ROFO 450
Espada Tequila
Multi-Color Label Corporation (Jalisco, Mexico)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Paper Stock: Eggshell Avery Dennison
Chateau De Haux
Dreyer Kliche (Herlev, Denmark)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Dreyer Kliche
Best Use of Cold Foil – Label or Carton (Sheet or Rotary)
Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist
Label Impressions, Inc. (Orange, CA)
Suppliers (Machinery): Nilpeter Press
Paper Stock: Avery Dennison / Achem Industries
Sterling Vintners Collection
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Nilpeter MO4 rotary offset/ combo press
Paper Stock: Avery 70# Cast Gloss
Revlon MITCHUM
Company: Hub Folding Box Company Inc. (Mansfield, MA)
Suppliers (foil): ITW Foils
Suppliers (Machinery): KBA 106 w/ cold foil unit
Paper Stock: 14 Gauge PET
Best Use of Cold Foil – Client or Self Promotion
Eagle Systems Calendar
Marrs Printing & Packaging (Walnut, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Machinery): Eagle Systems Cold Foiler/Manroland Press
Univacco Taiwan Tainan Art Festival Poster
Univacco Technology Inc. (Tainan City, Taiwan)
Suppliers (Foil): Univacco Foils
Paper Stock: Gloss Coated Art Paper 150p
Diamond Packaging 2018 Calendar
Diamond Packaging (Rochester, NY)
Suppliers (Foil): ITW Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), BOBST BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce® .018 SBS paperboard (header/backers), Domtar Cougar Opaque White Smooth 80# Text (pages), Clearwater Candesce® .010 SBS laminated to E-flute (shipper)
Most Creative Use of Special Diecut
Arrow
Superior Graphic Finishing (Doraville, GA)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Interstruct Brochure
SunDance Marketing Solutions (Orlando, FL)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Paper Stock: Cougar Opaque Cover 100# Smooth
Agrace Butterfly Gala
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai
Paper Stock: 100# gloss cover
Best Use of Foil and Embossing with Diecutting
Americana Concours D’Elegance
Datagraphic Business Systems (Brentwood, NY)
Paper Stock:290 GSM Fabriano Black Russian Cover, 290 Fabriano Purple Rain Cover
Strange 7 Blanc de Blanc
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits (Napa, CA)
Suppliers (Foil): Kurz Transfer Products
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Paper Stock: Killer White 83#
Cherokee Casino NYE Invite 2018
McGraphics Inc. (Nashville, TN)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Kluge
Best Selection Guide (Foil or Coatings)
MCD Specialty Coatings Guide
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Suppliers (Machinery): Sakurai
Paper Stock: 12pt. C1S Cover
The Foil & Holo Collection
API Group (Osgood, IN)
Univacco Hot Stamping Foil Application Brochure
Univacco Technology Inc. (Tainan City, Taiwan)
Suppliers (Foil): Univacco Foils
Paper Stock: Coated Paper, Synthetic Leather, Rough Label, Matt OPP film paper
Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Holiday Promotion
Stoney the Snowman
Tru-Cut LLC (Salt Lake City, UT)
Suppliers (Foil): Infinity Foils
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Universal Engraving
Suppliers (Machinery): Brausse, Kluge
Paper Stock: 18pt. C1S, 80# linen
MCD Holiday Stocking
MCD Incorporated (Madison, WI)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic
Paper Stock: 14pt. C1S
Christmas in June
Foil Graphics Co. (Phoenix, AZ)
Suppliers (Foil/Embossing Dies): Metal Magic

Previous winners

Each year, the Foil & Specialty Effects Association receives hundreds entries from all over the world that demonstrate the best in foil stamping, embossing and other specialty effects. The coveted Best of Show Award is chosen from amongst all of the Gold Award winners.

Recent Best of Show Winners
2017 A Symphony in Color by J.S. McCarthy Printers
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2016 2016 Calendar by Diamond Packaging
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2015 Merry Christmas by Trade Print Finishing
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2013 Treasures Untold by Admore, Inc.
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2012 KURZ Christmas Cards by Gravure Choquet
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