To provide an extra measure of protection, I normally apply a very thin sealer, consisting of a soft gel isolation layer and a final varnish made by Golden (the same sealer used on many expensive artworks). This does not signficantly alter the look or feel of the leather.
I've tried to keep the price reasonable (at $8 for 4 sq. inches for black leather). By comparison, most binders charge $15+ for a hot stamped label -- with limited fonts and designs -- and add surcharges per line of text -- see here and here. Custom magnesium hot stamping dies are typically $30-$50. Discounts available for multiple labels or other applications - contact me.
The foil machine can be used for a great many other products where foiling is needed on paper, leather, bonded leather, vinyl, or other smooth materials. It does not work well with most untreated book cloths. I've done spot foiling on paper, book wraps, report covers, title pages, scrapbooks, etc..
I received the labels and decorations. They look perfect!
Thanks for a great job. I absolutely hate stamping titles, so I am going to be sending you more ...
They are great and I'm sure will look really good on the portfolios..