- from artwork reciept to the finished product

Our complete guide to our hot foiling process

At Blockfoil, our specialist team have been working with you to your budget, requirements and timescales since 1981, producing quality foil and embossed products across the UK.



We'll receive your artwork in our in-house design studio as a pdf.

100% black and actual size (unless specified). Along with the guide for foiling position that is all we need at this stage.


We produce either a CNC engraved or an etched die in-house

Dies are metal plates produced in either magnesium, brass or copper. We etch them to a standard 1.2mm depth but deeper finishes are available upon request.

Find out more about our hot foil printing dies >




We position the die onto the heated machine bed of the selected hot foil blocking press.

The machine reaches a heat of between 100-175°C. We then prepare the substrate for foiling.

Find a list of the types of products we can foil >


Using a combination of heat, dwell time and pressure, we transfer the foil (supplied on rolls) onto the substrate.

We are always on hand to discuss jobs, produce proofs or trial various substrates. The foil is then transferred onto the paper in the exact position required by you and will remain there permanently.




All jobs are quality checked and signed off by experienced managers.

We check running sheets to ensure the quality remains throughout. That’s the hot foil stamping process complete.

The finished sheets complete with hot foil get sent back to the printer or 3rd party for further finishing (die-cutting, gluing etc).

Want a full copy of how foiling works? Request a brochure today >

Caring for the environment

Minimising the effect on the environment.

Our hot foil blocking process minimises wastage with only the minimum foil needed to be applied to the product. We hold ISO 14001 and Zero 2 Landfill accreditations.