Gold Leaf Awards Move on Through Pandemic

The FSEA 28th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition will close in early March, and FSEA will be conducting the judging of the entries shortly thereafter. The competition recognizes spectacular print decorating and binding work on greeting cards, presentation folders, labels, invitations, folding cartons and much more. Technologies such as cold foils, digital foils and coatings, laser cutting and specialty UV coatings have helped fuel the growth in the annual competition. “We are always amazed at the different types of work and the creativity of the pieces entered in the awards,” said Assistant FSEA Director Dianna Brodine. “We see entries come from all over the world.”

This year’s winners will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony later this spring tied to FSEA’s Online Learning Experience. Check the FSEA website ( for details on the upcoming event. In addition, FSEA is planning to display the winners in each category at its scheduled FSEA Summit this fall, October 5, 2021, in Orlando, Florida, prior to PRINTING United 2021. 

The annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards would not be possible without its sponsors. FSEA would like to recognize and thank the sponsors for this year’s competition.

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Crown Roll Leaf
  • Eagle Systems
  • H+M USA, L.P.
  • ITW Foils & Thermal Films
  • Infinity Foils, Inc. – a UEI Group Company
  • Kurz Transfer Products
  • Metal Magic
  • Mueller Prost
  • OWOSSO Graphic Arts, Inc.
  • Sakurai USA, Inc.
  • UNIVACCO Foils Corporation
  • Universal Engraving, Inc. – a UEI Group Company

Gold Sponsors:

  • Breit Technologies LLC
  • LasX

FSEA to Hold Spring Summit: Add Value to Print

FSEA has announced it will hold a new event in its FSEA Conference series – the FSEA Spring Summit: Add Value to Print. The online event, occurring weekly from April 28 through May 19, will be held one day each week, with two hours of programming each day. Each weekly event will have a distinct program theme, covering current issues in print decorating, finishing and binding. Week One of the Spring Summit will feature topics on Print Decorating and Sustainability; Week Two will focus on Metallic Decorating Design and Troubleshooting; Week Three will discuss UV Coatings Design and Troubleshooting; and Week Four will be dedicated to Binding & Finishing Design and Troubleshooting.

Attendees can register for the full four-week series or choose to register for individual sessions. This provides flexibility in event cost. In addition to the weekly programming, content will include interviews featuring new finishing/decorating/binding technologies and equipment. 

For more details, visit Complete programming and registration will be available by April 1, 2021.

FSEA Launches New Website

The FSEA has launched its newly revamped website at The updated site reflects the specialty print finishing and binding work done by the association’s members, with vivid images and detailed explanations of the processes used to create the stunning greeting cards, labels, cartons, folders, hardcover books and other printed media. In addition to expanded “Members Only” areas, the website provides all visitors access to critical information on the sustainability of decorated print products in response to the increased interest in the recyclability/repulpability of foil-decorated print. Visit the new site at