Achieving the Metallic Foil Look: How to Do It for Less

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As a product manufacturer, you know how important it is to stand out on the shelves. One way to do this is to create a gold foil stickers, but this can be a costly endeavor.

Fortunately, there are ways to achieve that same metallic labels look without breaking the bank. In this post, we’ll explore how you can achieve a metallic labels look for less.

Use a Silver Label Stock

Depending on the look you’re after, you have a few options for achieving a metallic look without using metallic foil. To create a good-looking foil, use silver label stock with yellow ink.

A bronze foil can be created with magenta and yellow. Adding nothing will obviously give you a silver foil. So you can create a metallic effect that gives your label a foil look without the added expense.

This is a great solution for product manufacturers who want to stand out on the shelves without using expensive specialty stock.

Other Tips To Save Money On Label Printing

Many label companies will push embellishments, such as foil and UV coating, to make your labels stand out. However, these additional features can add up quickly in cost.

Opt For Digital Label Printing If You Have Multiple Colours

Some label printers charge extra for every colour you add because they use traditional printing technology.

Instead, you can achieve a similar effect with digital label printing. You can have as many colours as you like without adding extra cost.

Consider Spot UV

Spot UV is a fantastic alternative. Not only is it less expensive, but it can also give your labels special effects like droplets of water for example, making them stand out even more.

Additionally, spot UV can be a high build, giving your label a texture that’s easy to feel. This unique feature allows your label to stand out even more.

Save on Embossed Labels

Embossing is a popular way to add a luxurious look and feel to your labels. However, embossed labels can come at a high cost. Before committing to this additional feature, consider whether or not your consumer will even notice the difference.

In many cases, the added cost may not be worth it, especially for chemical labels and detergents – yes, embossed chemical labels exist!


Achieving a standout look for your labels doesn’t have to be expensive. By using a silver label stock and adding yellow to it you can create a metallic labels look.

Digital printing incurs no extra costs for added colours. While exploring alternatives like spot UV, you can create a stand-out label for a fraction of the cost. 

Before adding additional features like embossing, carefully consider whether or not it’s necessary to achieve the desired effect. By being mindful of the cost of these features, you can create a stunning label without breaking the bank.

Interested in saving costs without compromising on design? Give us a call for a free label printing consultation.