Foil Stamping on the Kwikprint at SFCB

Here are some samples from a recent foil stamping class. Can you see that tiny turkey graphic? It was getting close to Thanksgiving.

In this 3 hour class, students learn how to use a Kwikprint hot stamping machine (the out of focus piece of equipment in the photo) and get to practice their technique on bookcloth, leather, stickers, and different thicknesses of paper. Starting in 2019, SFCB will offer a full day class which will go into the finer details of stamping.

If you’d like to see a Kwikprint in action, check out this great video by Mark Andersson, my bookbinding instructor.


There is a treasure trove of type drawers at SFCB available for use with their four Kwikprints. Every time I have taught this short class I discover new typefaces and am delighted when students come up with fun combinations I haven’t seen before.

Several years ago I wrote a blog post about my modest-in-comparison collection of metal type that I use with the Kwikprint in my studio. I have since added spacers to my collection, but otherwise I’m still using the same type and it has served me well.

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