We specialise in Foil Blocking & Embossing and also offer Die Cutting services.
One of the main reasons why foiling is sometimes preferred to printing in ink is that it will always give an absolute consistency of colour across a wide range of applications or throughout a long print run.
As foil blocking is a dry process, it is often possible to print more than one colour on a single run, which can provide cost and time savings.
(also known as "Hot Foil Printing" or "Hot Foil Stamping" )
The foiling process uses a die that punches a microscopically thin sheet of metal onto a prepared surface. The foils are available in many different colours including various shades of silver, gold and copper as well as other metallic colours.
Simple colours such as black, white, beautiful blues, reds and green are also available in matt, gloss and pastel shades as well as holograms, antique and iridescent effects.
Embossing is a similar process to foiling in that a block is made to emboss (raise) or deboss (punch in) areas of a substrate using a die or plate.
The effect is a tactile area of raised or lowered substrate; it can be applied to text or parts of an image.
Foil Blocking Environmental Credentials and Caring for the Planet
The Foil & Specialty Effects Association published a Pira report in September 2008. It confirms that a foil blocked print is ‘PULPABLE’, which is the best way of recycling paper and board. A foiled print is also ‘COMPOSTABLE’ with the thickness of foil on a finished print at just 2 to 3 microns.
Minimising the effect and caring for the environment:
• Our hot foil blocking process reduces wastage. Only the minimal amount of foil needed is applied to the product.
• All foil waste is recyclable.• The metal on a foiled product is aluminium. Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust and remains tolerated by plants and animals. It is a naturally occurring substance.
• A foil blocked product is compostable. That is to say there is no un-recyclable polyester on the finished product.
NOT ONLY DOES HOT FOIL BLOCKING PRODUCE THE BEST METALLIC FINISH ON THE MARKET BUT IT REDUCES THE USE OF OUR PLANET’S NATURAL RESOURCES TOO!
*Compostable means that the print can degrade to a form that supports life.
*Pulpable means that the print can be pulped for a later use.