The Foil Blocking Process

Here is our guide to the foil blocking process, from artwork receipt to the finished product.
The Foil Blocking Process
  1. The client’s artwork is sent to our in-house design studio – preferably as a pdf, 100% black and actual size (unless specified), along with a guide for foiling position. See a full list of our artwork requirements here.
  2. We produce 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, but deeper finishes are available upon request. More information on our hot foil printing dies can be found here.
  3. The die is positioned onto the machine bed of the selected hot foil blocking press and heated to between 100-175°C. The substrate is prepared for foiling. Find a list of substrate types 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 exactly 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 quality checked and signed off by experienced managers. Running sheets are checked to ensure the quality remains throughout.
  7. The finished sheets complete with hot foil are sent back to the printer or 3rd party for further finishing (die cutting, gluing etc)

A printed copy of our ‘how foiling works’ insert can be found in our brochure. Click here to request a full Blockfoil brochure.