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26th Annual Gold Leaf Awards

 

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) revealed the honorees in the 26th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition during Odyssey Expo 2019, held May 1-3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Gold, silver and bronze winners in 41 categories were recognized at an awards reception held during the event.

Entries were received from around the world, including the US, Canada, Denmark and Taiwan. 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; Eagle Systems, Inc.; h+m USA, L.P.; Infinity Foils, Incorporated; Kurz Transfer Products; Metal Magic; Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc.; Univacco Technology Inc.; Universal Engraving, Inc. – a UEI Group Co.

Gold: API Group - Americas; Brandtjen and Kluge; Brausse Group - Canada; Breit Technologies; Crown Roll Leaf; Gietz AG; Konica Minolta/MGI; Sun Chemical

Best of Show

Christmas Story by D.E. Baugh Co.

Honorable Mentions:
2019 Calendar of 19th Century Inventions by J.S. McCarthy Printers
Kallima Swatch Book by Gravure Choquet

Awards by Category

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Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Announcement/Invitation (Creative Design)
Looksy Prints Invitation
DMS Color, Pelham, AL
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil
Paper Stock: Sirio Coal Mine Pearl
The Matador
Haute Papier, Arlington, VA
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Machinery: Heidelberg Windmill
Fallsview Casino The Gala Invite
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil-S
Paper Stock: Invercote
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Announcement/Invitation (Technical Difficulty)
Fairlane Dinner Dance Invitation
Behrmann Printing Company, Southfield, MI
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Neenah Classic Crest Eggshell and Colorplan
Gasperini & Boegli “Packaging Premiere 2018” Invitation
Carlo Gasperini & C., Prato, Italy
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Carlo Gasperini & C.
Paper Stock: Gruppo Cordenons
The Greatest Gateway
Foil Graphics, Phoenix, AZ
Foil Supplier: Great Western Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Kluge EHD, Galvo Laser
Paper Stock: 16 pt. C2S
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Book Cover/Jacket
The Ruin of Kings
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dynamic Engraving
Machinery: Bobst, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 80# Starwhite Flash White
Our Kind of Cruelty
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dynamic Engraving
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 100# C1S Me7 Poly
Wind Rider
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dynamic Engraving
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: C1S Sterling Ultra 100#
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Business Card
Hangar 18 Business Card
PBS-Pacific Bindery Services Ltd, Vancouver BC
Machinery: Paper One Laser Cutter
Paper Stock: 27 pt. Uncoated Cover
ESCOBAR
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Machinery: Thomson
Baugh Business Cards
D. E. Baugh Co, Indianapolis, IN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 18 pt. C2S
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Calendar
Gravure Choquet Calendar
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Machinery: Thomson, Bobst SP 76 BM
Paper Stock: Mohawk Felt Duplex
Vintage Calendar
LPI – Letterhead Press, Inc., New Berlin, WI
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: h+m USA
Paper Stock: Mohawk Granite Cover
Gietz Calender 2019
Gietz AG, Switzerland
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Hinderer + Mühlich
Machinery: Gietz FSA 1060 Foil Commander
Paper Stock: Sappi Algro Design
Best Use of Film Casting (Cast & Cure™)
Lucky Charms – Magical Unicorn
Artistic Carton, Elgin, IL
Film Supplier: Breit Technologies, LLC
Paper Stock: 16 pt. CCNB
Shimmer and Shine
Artistic Carton, Elgin, IL
Film Supplier: Breit Technologies, LLC
Paper Stock: 12 pt. NNBC
Beladonna Premium Cannabis
Ross Printing, Spokane, WA
Film Supplier: Breit Technologies, LLC
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Client Promotion/Brochure
Kallima Swatch Book
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst SP 102 BMA
Paper Stock: Coated 14 pt.
Summer of Audi
BrightMARKS, LLC, Lenexa, KS
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: Invercote
SweetWater - 22nd Anniversary Throwdown
DMS Color, Pelham, AL
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil
Paper Stock: McGreggor 100# Gloss
Best Use of Cold Foiling - Label/Carton
Crest 3D Whitestrips™ Professional White
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce®
Hydoxycut Organic
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: WestRock ReNew 100™ Angel .024 WCCN Paperboard
Cosmic Egg
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, Napa, CA
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Nilpeter
Paper Stock: Avery Cast Gloss
Best Use of Cold Foiling – Self Promotion
Diamond Packaging 2019 Calendar
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
LII CTGA Promo Piece
Label Impressions, Inc., Orange, CA
Foil Supplier: K Laser
Machinery: Nilpeter
Paper Stock: 2 mil Clear BOPP, 95 mil Lamination
Univacco Ribbon
Univacco Technology Inc., Taiwan
Foil Supplier: Univacco Foils
Paper Stock: Coated Art Paper
Printing House: TAIYODO SEIKOSHA (JAPAN)
Best Use of Diecut with Foil
Ku’l Chocolate Sleeves
Studio on Fire, Saint Paul, MN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Heidelberg Windmill, Kluge
Paper Stock: Leader Basis 80# Cover, Neenah Classic Crest 80# Cover, Spinnaker Offset Label Stock
Girl Birthday Sofia Wearable Crown
Hallmark Cards Inc., Lawrence, KS
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Hallmark Cards, Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Bobst BMA 126, Bobst 104 E
Paper Stock: 65# Concordia Uncoated
DataGraphics Happy New Year Calendar
DataGraphics, Brentwood, NY
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: DC Graphics
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Plike Blue
Best Use of Digital Inkjet-Foil
Print Panther & Eatprintlove
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil-S
Paper Stock: 18 pt. Carolina
Beverage Series
Univacco Technology Inc., Tainan City, Taiwan
Foil Supplier: Univacco Foils
Machinery: Scodix Ultra Series
Printing House: TIANOU PRINTING (CHINA)
Tap Cleveland Cake
Tap Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, OH
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Machinery: Scodix
Paper Stock: 18 pt. C1S SBS
Best Use of Digital Inkjet-Coating
Feiereisen Finish with Style
Feiereisen, Cedar Rapids, IA
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil
Paper Stock: 100# Gloss Cover
Print Panther Presentation Folder
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil-S
Paper Stock: 16 pt. Carolina C2S/14 pt. insert card
Pause
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Machinery: Scodix
Paper Stock: 80# Cover
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Direct Mail
SWOSU “We Want You”
Seidl’s Bindery, Houston, TX
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Holiday Card
Katz Americas, Sawborn, NY
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: 55 pt. Pulpboard
Thrive Envelope
Tap Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, OH
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 18 pt. C1S SBS
Best Foil/UV Coating Selection Guide
Extreme Digital Designer’s Guide
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil-S
Foil/Varnish User
DMS Color, Pelham, AL
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf, Infinity Foils
Machinery: Konica Minolta/MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil
Unifraxion Patterns and Textures
BrightMARKS, LLC, Lenexa, KS
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: Carolina C1S
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Folding Carton (Creative Design)
Lolli & Pops Golden Goose Egg
Tap Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, OH
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Brausse Foil Stamper; Bobst
Paper Stock: Sleeve: 0.010 Food Grade PVC
The Art of Shaving Kingsman Razor Box
Tap Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, OH
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 18pt. Neenah Bellum Deep Black
Tommy Bahama Island Life
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce .018 SBS paperboard
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Folding Carton (Technical Difficulty)
Rose Wine Box
Glory Innovations, York, PA
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Carlo Gasperini & C.
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: Iggesund
Anna Sui Fantasia Mermaid
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Offset Press (with Compact Foiler’s cold foil unit), Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Iggesund Invercote G .017 paperboard (FSC-certified)
Super Smash Bros
Trojan Lithograph, Renton, WA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Brausse 1050 EFC-4, Bobst 142 CER
Paper Stock: SBS C1S 18pt.
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Greeting Card (Commercial)
ASU Library Card
Foil Graphics, Phoenix, AZ
Foil Supplier: Liberty Foil, Great Western Foil
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Kluge EHD, Brausse, Galvo Laser
Paper Stock: 100# Uncoated Blue Cover
Daughter Birthday Foil Flowers Card
Hallmark Cards Inc., Lawrence, KS
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Hallmark Cards
Machinery: Bobst 130E Emboss, Bobst BMA 102, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 65# Tiara Shasta
Happy Birthday Husband Paisley Vine Card
Hallmark Cards Inc., Lawrence, KS
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Hallmark Cards, Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Therm-O-Type NSF Ultra
Paper Stock: 65# Concordia Uncoated
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Greeting Card Self Promotion (Creative Design)
Christmas Story
D.E. Baugh Co., Indianapolis, IN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 10 pt. C2S
Gravure Choquet X-Mas Cards and Gift Tags 2018
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Machinery: Thomson, Bobst SP 76 BM
Paper Stock: Mohawk Via Felt
MCD Holiday Greeting
MCD Incorporated, Madison, WI
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Kluge, Thomson
Paper Stock: 100# Smooth Uncoated Cover
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Greeting Card Self Promotion (Technical Difficulty)
Foil Graphics Merry Christmas Pop-Up Card
Foil Graphics, Phoenix, AZ
Foil Supplier: Great Western Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Kluge EHD, Brausse, Galvo Laser
Paper Stock: 15 pt. C2S Cover
Joy to Your World – UEI Group
BrightMARKS, LLC, Lenexa, KS
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Carolina C1S
Christmas and Easter Greeting Card
Dreyer Kliché, Copenhagen, Denmark
Foil Supplier: Foilco Foil
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dreyer Kliché
Machinery: Heidelberg Windmill
Paper Stock: Easter Card: Invercote G, 300 g;
Christmas Card: Billerud Korsnäs White 270 g
Best Use of Holographic Foil
Security Enhancements
MCD Incorporated, Madison, WI
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic, h+m USA
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 130# Sterling Premium Gloss Cover
Crest 3D Whitestrips™ Professional White
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Offset Press (with Compact Foilers cold foil unit), Bobst BMA Hot Foil Stamper/Embosser
Paper Stock: Clearwater Candesce® .018 SBS paperboard
Notebooks
Univacco Technology Inc., Tainan City, Taiwan
Foil Supplier: Univacco Foils
Paper Stock: Art Papers
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Label (Creative Design)
Barnacles Rum Gran Reserva
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, Napa, CA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: ABG Digicon
One Stone
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, Napa, CA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Nilpeter M04
Paper Stock: Avery Estate #8
Squeeze Malbec
Labeltronix, Anaheim, CA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Nilpeter, ABG Digicon
Paper Stock: Classic Crest
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Label (Technical Difficulty)
Night Owl - Rubino Estates Winery
All American Label & Packaging, Dublin, CA
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Omega Digicon Series 3
Paper Stock: 60# Silver Metallized Paper/1.2 PET Liner
Polynesian Girl 2-Piece Cab Sauv - Island Girl Wines, LLC
All American Label & Packaging, Dublin, CA
Foil Supplier: Univacco Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Omega Digicon Series 3
Paper Stock: Arconvert Manter Sirio Peal Coal Mine/50# White
Opaque
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, Napa, CA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Gallus TCS 250
Paper Stock: Avery Estate #8

Best Use of Laminating Film
Legendary
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dynamic Engraving
Machinery: Bobst, Sakurai
Pendelton Capsule
Maverick Enterprise, Ukiah, CA
Foil Supplier: Great Western Foils, Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Taylor Swift Reputation
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Machinery Supplier: Scodix
Paper Stock: 80# Cover
Best Use of Laser Cutting
Saint Anthony’s
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Machinery: Sakurai, Kolbus, Trotec Lazer, Ecosystem Laminator
Paper Stock: 80# Cover
Gateway for Cancer Research
Foil Graphics, Phoenix, AZ
Foil Supplier: Great Western Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Kluge EHD, Galvo Laser
Anyone Wedding Laser Flowers Card
Hallmark Cards Inc., Lawrence, KS
Machinery: LasX Laser Cutting
Paper Stock: 72# Luxfelt White Uncoated
Best Use of Letterpress
Lowell Smokes 1/4 oz Pre-Roll Packaging
Studio on Fire, Saint Paul, MN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Heidelberg Windmill (Letterpress), Kluge (Foil + Diecut Stickers)
Paper Stock: 60# GPA Semi-Gloss Extra Permanent Pressure Sensitive Label Stock White, 160# (26 pt.) Neenah Folding Board Raw Finish Grover Kraft, 60# Neehah Estate Label No. 9 Laid Finish Cream
Zoma PreRoll Packaging
Studio on Fire, Saint Paul, MN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Heidelberg Windmill, Kluge
Paper Stock: 18 pt. (125#) Neenah Folding Board Vellum Finish Deep Black, 60# Spinnaker Buff Pressure Sensitive Label Stock
Monet
Bella Figura, Syracuse, NY
Paper Stock: 2-ply Bella Smooth Cotton Bright White
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Miscellaneous
Errol Garner Poster
Grover Cleveland Press, Amherst, NY
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Brausse
Paper Stock: 100# Classic Crest Patriot Blue Eggshell Cover
Notecards
Scarab Printing Arts, St. Charles, MO
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge EDH
Paper Stock: Glama Natural Gold Metallic 98# Cover
Dungeons & Dragons
Subtle Impressions, Inc., Gastonia, NC
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Gietz, Bobst 102 BMA
Paper Stock: Matador Black Antique EM08
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Presentation Folder
Chambord
Petra & Holum, Chicago, IL
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: EC Schultz
Paper Stock: Arrestox for Book Cloth
The Kennedy Sisters
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish with iFoil-S
Paper Stock: 130# Silk Supreme C2/S
UB Boldly Buffalo
Grover Cleveland Press, Amherst, NY
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: 122# Plike Cover Royal Blue
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Presentation Folder (Self Promotion)
Good Bones…Great Folders
Admore, Macomb, MI
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products, Custom Foils, Infinity Foils, Inc.
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Bobst 102 with Eagle Foil System
Paper Stock: Mohawk Carnival Felt New Black 80# Cover Stock
The Passions Book
Carlo Gasperini, Prato, Italy
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils, Inc.
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, UEI Falcontec
Paper Stock: Gruppo Cordenons
D.E. Baugh Presentation Folder
D.E. Baugh Co., Indianapolis, IN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst, Sakurai
Paper Stock: 18 pt. C2S
Best Use of Refractive Foil
EMPREINTE
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Machinery: Bobst SP 102 BMA
Paper Stock: Coated 14 pt.
Wander Must Merlot
Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits, Napa, CA
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: ABG Digicon
Paper Stock: Estate #8 60#
Anniversary 2 Hearts Card
Hallmark Cards Inc., Lawrence, KS
Foil Suppliers: Kurz Transfer Products, API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Hallmark Cards
Machinery: Bobst 130E Emboss
Paper Stock: 65# Concordia Uncoated
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Rigid Box (Best Engineered/Functionality)
Thank You Box
Petra & Holum, Chicago, IL
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: EC Schultz
Paper Stock: Soft Touch Nuba
Coromandel Premium Chopsticks Slider Package
PBS-Pacific Bindery Services Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Brausse SBL 1050
Paper Stock: Plike Cover, 14 pt.
Coromandel Wine Box
PBS-Pacific Bindery Services Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Brausse SBL 1050
Paper Stock: Classic Techweave Cover 15 pt.
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Rigid Box
Goslings Old Rum Rebrand
Taylor Box Company, Warren, RI
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Neenah Multi-Color Rouge Red, Rainbow Black Antique
Zippo - Luxury Z Box
Grover Cleveland Press, Amherst, NY
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Skytogen Black & Red 80# Text
Bloomingdale’s Gift Puzzle
DataGraphics, Brentwood, NY
Paper Stock: Generic Black Vat-Dyed Board
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Self Promotion (Holiday)
(RIT) Rochester Institute of Technology Class Project – More Than a Box
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada
Foil Supplier: Crown Roll Leaf
Machinery: Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3DS with iFoil-S
Paper Stock: Invercote
Tap 2018 Holiday Gift Box
Tap Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, OH
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Brausse
Paper Stock: 18 pt. Dull Silver Foil Board
Katz Americas Holiday Card
Katz Americas, Sawborn, NY
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: 55 pt. Pulpboard
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Self Promotion
2019 Calendar of 19th Century Inventions
J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products, Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc., Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst, Kluge, Therm-O-Type
Diamond Packaging 2019 Calendar
Diamond Packaging, Rochester, NY
Foil Supplier: ITW Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: 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
House Foil Swatch Card
SunDance Marketing Solutions, Orlando, FL
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Thomson
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Self Promotion (Industry Supplier)
Dreyer Kliché Copenhagen - More Than a Fairytale
Dreyer Kliché, Copenhagen, Denmark
Foil Supplier: Foilco Foil
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dreyer Kliché
Paper Stock: Billerud Korsnäs White 270g
Cannabis Premium Box
LPI – Letterhead Press, Inc., New Berlin, WI
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: h+m USA
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: Mohawk Granite Cover
Express Yourself
h+m USA, Charlotte, NC
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: h+m USA
Machinery: Gietz Foil Commander
Paper Stock: Sappi
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Soft & Hardback Book Cover (Creative Design)
Belmont University - Opening Doors
McGraphics, Inc., Nashville, TN
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Kluge
Paper Stock: 100# Cover
Arthur Curtiss James
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Machinery: Sakurai
Vantage Point
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Soft & Hardback Book Cover (Technical Difficulty)
Lucky Bag 2018
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil Supplier: API Group
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Georgetown – Matchbook Binding
PBS-Pacific Bindery Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Paper Stock: Mohawk Carnival Cover, 14 pt.; Text: UV Ultra II
Our Story
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Owosso Graphic Arts
Best Special Diecut
AALP Box Carton Promotional Packaging
All American Label & Packaging, Dublin, CA
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: 14 pt. SBS C2S
SunDance 2019 Flip Calendar
SunDance Marketing Solutions, Orlando, FL
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Thomson
Paper Stock: 16 pt. C1S
Cirque du Soleil
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Machinery: Thomson
Paper Stock: Black Shine
Best Use of Specialty UV Coating (Screen)
Untold Stories
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Machinery: Sakurai
Paper Stock: 80# Cover
Ariel & The Big Baby/Rapunzel Finds a Friend
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Machinery: Sakurai
Paper Stock: 14 pt. C1S
Business Card Paper Samples

Printograph, Inc., Burbank, CA Paper stock: Cover - 14 pt. C2S Cover Tango and Inside Pages - 100# C2S Cover Tango
Best Use of Foil/Embossing - Stationery Ensemble
Red Envelope Giveaway
Univacco Technology Inc., Tainan City, Taiwan
Foil Supplier: Univacco Foils
Paper Stock: Art Papers
Whitehouse Crest Invitation Card
Gravure Choquet, Quebec, Canada
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Gravure Choquet
Paper Stock: Neenah Classic Crest
Baugh Stationery
D.E. Baugh Co., Indianapolis, IN
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: Accent Opaque
Most Unique Binding
This House Is Not For Sale
Jostens, Clarksville, TN
Paper Stock: 80# Cover
Georgetown – Matchbook Binding
PBS-Pacific Bindery Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Paper Stock: Mohawk Carnival Cover
Luxury Portfolio
Petra & Holum, Chicago, IL
Paper Stock: Arrestox for Book Cloth
Most Unique Fold
Celebrating 150 Years Event Program
Bertelsmann Printing Group USA, New York, NY
Foil Supplier: Kurz Transfer Products
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Dynamic Engraving
Machinery: Bobst
Paper Stock: #105 Starbeam Smooth Cover - Crystal Color
Brizo
MCD Incorporated, Madison, WI
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Metal Magic
Machinery: Bobst, Sakurai
Greater as a Whole Event Invitation
SunDance Marketing Solutions, Orlando, FL
Foil Supplier: Infinity Foils
Foil/Embossing Die Supplier: Universal Engraving, Inc.
Machinery: Thomson

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
2018 Fun & Games by J.S. McCarthy Printers
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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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