Foil blocking is the process of applying metallic ‘foil’ to a paper surface by using a metal die. Foiling is available in a huge range of colours and textures, not just standard golds and silvers. Variations of foil come in matt, pearlescent, diffraction, and glossy. It adheres to most paper and cloth surfaces.
Debossing is the process of creating either raised or recessed relief image and design in paper and other materials, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material.
Foil stamping or blocking allows us to create a truly elegant finish.
The application of metallic or pigment foil onto paper, bookcloth, leather or other materials involves stamping a heated die on to the foil which releases the colouring layer and adheres it to the surface of the material in the design etched onto the die.
Embossing is the opposite of stamping, as the impression is raised rather than debossed into the surface. The process still requires heat and pressure if foil is to be used but requires a male and female die to achieve the desired effect.
Our bookbinding glossary introduces the various options available to you, but if you’re looking for the most cost-effective but best quality printing to do justice to your packaging, you really need expert advice on whether to choose digital printing or litho?
As print management experts we are able to be extremely flexible with our printing, which means we are always able to support you with the best solution for your needs. We have the capacity to produce individual print, or hundreds of prints daily. For a perfect finish, we can custom profile each print project, which enables us to control the final colour fidelity of each print with absolute precision.
Contact us to discuss your print options and for a no-obligation quotation.