It is customary for the title and author to be stamped in foil on the cover or spine of a book. The studio has a range of lead type in stock from which the title is hand-set, and foil stamped.
18 point Caslon is typically used for scripts and thesis bindings. Handset type is uppercase only. See image to right.
Foil is available in gold, black, brown, red (metallic), blue, green, beige, white, and silver. See swatches below.
Some clients wish to use custom artwork, logos, and images. This is possible by having a magnesium stamping die made. Images of this type of project can be seen below.
Specifications for stamping dies:
black and white artwork
format: TIF, AI with fonts outlined, or PSD with layers flattened
multiple dies can be combined
maximum size per die, 5.75" x 9.75"
Stamping dies are made off-site, are charged by the square inch, and shipping charges apply.
Gibbs Bookbinding is happy to assist in creating print-ready files from your artwork, but design fees will apply.
Stamping may be done on paper, cloth, or leather; and on the spine, front cover, or back cover.