The Foil Blocking Process
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The foil is transferred onto the substrate in the exact position required by the client and will remain on there permanently.
- All jobs are signed off by experienced managers and running sheets are checked during the run to ensure the best quality throughout.
- Foiled sheets are then sent back to the printer or 3rd party for further finishing (die cutting, gluing etc)
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