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Hot Foil Stamping Business Cards

Blockfoil has been hot foil stamping business cards for over 35 years. More companies are opting to foil print business cards to increase the visual impression when first approaching a new client. Plus also to impress existing clients of course.

Metallic silvers and golds are the most popular colours. But, of course, all standard hot foil colours are available. Including all shades of silver and gold, copper, clear foil, pigment foil and diffraction foil to name a few.

Foil embossed business cards are also very popular. We achieve this through the use of a fluted foiling die, enabling the operator to foil and emboss in a single machine pass.

Are you interested in receiving a quotation for your next business card foiling job? Please fill out our foil blocking quotation form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Embossing vs Debossing

Embossing vs debossing. Which one to choose for your next luxury packaging design? Both are a great addition to any print or packaging project. But if your client doesn’t have a preference and you’re not sure then read this Blockfoil guide:

What is embossing?

The embossing service is when you raise all, or part of, a design out from the paper, or board. The achieve the process by creating an embossing die and pushing it into the material from underneath. We know this as a blind emboss but combined with foil it becomes a foil emboss. Embossing leaves a mirrored copy of the embossed area on the reverse side of the material.

What is debossing?

Blind debossing is the opposite of a blind emboss. We create a debossing die and stamp onto the front of the substrate to leave a depression. We can combine a deboss with foil to become something known as foil debossing. A deboss does not leave any identity on the reverse of the material if using a thicker paper.

Embossing and debossing both add great depth to any size print work. From B1 foil packaging through to greetings cards and business cards. Everything looks better with a bit of depth.

With the environmental effects of print currently in the spotlight it should also be pointed out that a blind emboss or blind deboss is the most environmentally friendly print finishing technique.

So next time you’re at the design stage and you face the embossing vs debossing question don’t opt for the embossing process just because it’s more popular. Carefully consider both deboss and emboss options.

Blockfoil has been offering embossed printing services for over 35 years from their trade sites in Ipswich, Manchester and Nottingham. For any further questions on emboss printing or deboss printing don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local office.

Transparent Foil

Blockfoil stock a range of transparent foil for use on common and uncommon substrates. It is an excellent, cost-effective replacement for Spot UV.

Transparent foil (or clearfoil) is great at highlighting a specific area of print. By combining embossing and foiling we are able to create a stunning glossed emboss.

The foil is available in a high gloss finish, matt finish or holotrans*.

*Holotrans is a translucent foil (almost transparent). But it features unique holographic images or patterns that appear at certain angles. Perfect for basic security operations.

For a list of other hot foil types we stock click here.

Foil Stamping Book Covers

Blockfoil has a long history of hot foil stamping and embossing book covers. From everyday fiction through to learning materials and even bibles, we’ve done it all.

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Blockfoil at Packaging Innovations Birmingham

Blockfoil will once again be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations in Birmingham in February. After the ‘Beast from the East’ affected the show turnout last year we’re hopeful it will be business as usual in 2019.

We are on stand C24 which is view-able from the entrance to Hall 9 of the NEC. The usual staff will be on the stand both days and we’ll be showing off some recent branded packaging and pharmaceutical packaging.

The stand will have a bit of a different feel in 2019. Our focus will be on the environmental side of hot foil blocking a bit more. But once again you’ll be able to pick up the latest Blockfoil brochure or shade book.

Other companies on show at the NEC this year include; Castle Colour Packaging, Colpac, Dantex Graphics and Essentra.

To register for FREE to visit us either day please click on the banner below:

Packaging Innovations 2019 Blockfoil

How Expensive is Foil Blocking?

How expensive is foil blocking? First things first, adding hot foil effects to your printing and packaging isn’t about the price of the end product.

Foil and embossing will improves the look and feel of the product to make it appear ‘luxury’, and will sell more at retail level.

See the other benefits of using hot foil here.

As foil becomes more popular amongst print finishing companies, more foil and die manufacturers pop up. That means the bottom line cost of hot foiling dies decreases for hot foil users.

It’s possible to find a foiling solution to suit any budget.

What costs are you considering when requesting pricing for a foil blocking service?

Hot foil

As explained above you can source a large roll of hot foil at a great price due to added competition. Your final price depends on the foiling area of the printed substrate – foil usage, and how much wasted foil there is.  The sheet thickness and size is also important as it will effect which foiling press gets used.

Foil Rolls All Recycled
Foiling die

The main cost saving when choosing a die is picking the correct metal for the job. For example, magnesium dies are less expensive than copper dies but can only get used once (or maybe twice). Copper and brass will store for much longer and can see usage time and time again. There’s no point choosing a cooper die for a one-off, simple foiling job of 1000 sheets.

Brass foil blocking die
Printing service

Every foil blocking company has their own rates so it’s important to pick the right one. But this is a situation where the cheapest won’t be the best. Make sure to pick a prestigious company with plenty of experience and the right foiling equipment. Some foil blockers are large and mainly deal with packaging, whilst others might be specialists in business cards or flyers. Some (like Blockfoil) can do it all.

MK1060ST Foil Blocking Machine
Make-ready

Make-ready is another example of making sure you pick the right company. An experienced machine operator can save costs over a less-experienced operator with a more efficient make-ready time. And make-ready falls into the same category as hot foil, meaning, as competition increases prices fall.

Heated Bed Cylinder Press

Blockfoil always pass on decreases in costs to the customer. With an internal die making team, consumables division and in-house servicing engineer not only do our costs stay low we have the right people on hand to speed things along.

Foil Blocking or Hot Foiling

There can be a bit of confusion about what to call the process of printing foil onto a substrate so this might clear a few things up.

Foil blocking, hot foiling, hot foil stamping, hot stamping and hot foil printing are all words used to explain the same process. To be honest they all mean exactly the same thing but are relevant to different regions of the world.

Foil blocking is the term used in the UK and goes a long way to explain the name of Blockfoil.

Hot foiling is an alternative name in the UK to differentiate between hot foiling and cold foiling (which is a different process).

Hot foil stamping and hot stamping services are big in Australia, Canada and the United States of America. Foil stamping is starting to be used a bit more in the UK now.

So to sum it up, in the UK we say foil blocking or hot foiling. Blockfoil choose foil blocking.

Greetings Card Golden Hot Foil
David Beckham Shower Set - Silver Foil
Gold Foiled Biscuit Carton
Pizza Express Menu with Hot Foil

Hot Foiling or Cold Foiling

There’s much debate over whether the greatest benefits come from hot foiling or cold foiling. At Blockfoil we’re biased but hopefully this page can help make your mind up for you.

What is hot foiling?
Hot foiling is the technique which transfers foil of any required shape, colour or texture onto a substrate. It uses a foiling die, made from brass, magnesium, copper or aluminium, and a combination of heat and dwell time to create the impression on a flat surface.

What is cold foiling?
Cold foiling is very similar but different in application – no heat or foiling die required. The design shape is applied to the substrate in adhesive and then the foil pressed onto the paper. Then the foil removes where none of the adhesive was laid leaving a foil design on the substrate. Then a UV light dries the product to completion.

So what are the advantages of hot foil blocking?

  • The quality of the final print will be better. Cold foiling users suffer from pinholing
  • Hot foiling is better for jobs not requiring a large foiling area but by no means is size a limiting factor
  • Cold foil requires a very clean environment, hot foil doesn’t
  • UV lamp issues can be a common issue when cold foiling
  • Hot foiling combined with embossing creates stunning fluted effects
  • You can apply hot foil to rough stock and textured papers, with cold foil you cannot
  • Ideal for short and long print runs
  • You’ll get a higher end appearance using hot foil blocking

Click here for more hot foiling advantages.

So who would win the hot foil vs cold foil debate for you, and why? Email your opinions here.

Enhance Your Print & Packaging with Effects

As much as we love it, print finishing shouldn’t be about flat foiling only. That’s why we’ve got many foil effects available to improve the look and feel of your print and packaging. But what are they?

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