Luxury printing specialists

At Grays we use traditional methods and every article is processed by hand giving every job individual attention and delivering exceptional personal results.

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.

Creating an elegant feel!

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.

  • Hot Foil Blocking - Foil can be adhered to most paper and cloth surfaces. Available in many different colours and finishes. Applied using a die or lettering. Used on books, boxes and slipcases.
  • De-Bossing - Image pushed in to material using a die or lettering.
  • Personalisation - Using one of the many type faces we hold, Used for personalising books, boxes and various other items

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"At Shaw & Sons Ltd we have had a long standing relationship with Grays Book Binders who do a great job understanding my book binding needs and turning them into a finished product…"

John Brimmer - Shaw & Sons

Creating a
personalised feel

Bespoke printing opens up a whole range of options and it’s not always easy to determine the best one for you if you don’t have advanced print knowledge.

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.

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