The Foil Blocking Process
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The foil is transferred onto the substrate in the exact position required by the client and will remain on there permanently.
- All jobs are quality checked and signed off by experienced managers. Running sheets are checked to ensure the quality remains throughout.
- 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.