The Foil Blocking Process

The Foil Blocking Process (From Artwork to finished product)

  1. The client’s artwork is sent to our in-house design studio – a PDF, 100% black and actual size (unless specified) along with a guide for foiling position. See our artwork requirements here.
  2. Blockfoil produces either a CNC engraved or an etched die in-house. Dies are metal plates produced in either magnesium, brass or copper to a standard 1.2mm (deeper finishes available on request). More information on our foil blocking dies can be found here.
  3. The die is positioned onto a heated honeycomb machine bed, heated to between 100-175°C and the substrate is prepared for foiling. Find a list of substrates we foil onto here.
  4. Using a combination of heat, dwell time and pressure the foil (supplied on rolls) is transferred onto the substrate. You can find out how the foil works here.
  5. The foil is transferred onto the substrate in the exact position required by the client and will remain on there permanently.
  6. All jobs are signed off by experienced managers and running sheets are checked during the run to ensure the best quality throughout.
  7. Foiled sheets are then sent back to the printer or 3rd party for further finishing (die cutting, gluing etc)
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The Foil Blocking Process