The application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid (usually paper or board but can be plastic) surface. It uses a heated die impressed onto foil, this action makes it permanently adhere under pressure leaving the design behind on to the substrate.

Foil blocking involves the use of a foiling die which is impressed over gilt foil and a heat bed onto paper or board. The heat seals the foil against the bed and pulls the unheated foil away to leave a clean impression/image of the die behind.

The dies are made using your artwork or ours. By preparing the files as layers within Adobe indesign, you can separate the artwork that needs to be foil blocked. If you require several foil colours then each colour needs to be a separate layer. The file are stored as PDF’s and dies are made. This is a specialist produced piece of metal stereotype which is essentially an similar to a relief engraving of the image. Zinc, copper or Brass dies are specifically used for foil blocking. Each have differing properties – we can advise you on what you need. The choice of metal used depends on artwork complexity and levels of coverage.

Using our Heidelberg Foiling press we stamp the dies against a heat plate and the finished foiled product is complete.

The finished article can be as creative as you like. The choice of foils are extensive, from standard foils like gold and silver finishes, all the primary colours are available along with brushed metalic, clear and pantone colours. We offer security printing services using holographic foils and can produce personal holographic images to your requirements, this protects your print from counterfeit copies.

We work closely with printers, designers and marketers to advise on the best approach to using foil in printing, packaging, advertising and events marketing literature.