Foiling & Embossing

Foil blocking, Embossing & Debossing are typically commercial print processes. Foiling is the application of pigment or metallic foils to paper where a heated die (engraved metal piece) is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface and leaving the design of the die on the paper.

Embossing & Debossing alters the surface of paper or other materials by creating a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The process is an extremely simple and cost-effective way of enhancing the look and texture of the paper.

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Hot Foiling Blocking

Foil blocking is the application of pigment or metallic foils to paper where a heated die (engraved metal piece) is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface and leaving the design of the die on the paper. The foil is often metallic gold or silver, but can also be various patterns or what is known as pastel foil, which is a flat opaque colour.

From the finalised design, metal dies are created in the appropriate shape for each colour foil to be applied. The dies are heated and then stamped with enough pressure to seal a thin layer of foil to the paper.

Digital Foiling

Digital foil laminating uses heat to apply a metallic foil to selected areas of the print area.

Unlike traditional hot foil blocking, digital foiling doesn’t require the use of metal dies, it’s printed directly from artwork via a laminated film and roller. This means that there are no set up costs, making it ideal for short runs and smaller orders.

Digitally Printed Foil results in a flat print area finish, without any texture or de-bossing on the reverse of the paper. Foil laminating can be used for both small and large quantities, as it is a digital process.

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Foiling Colour Range

An extensive range of colours and finishes are available from pastels to metallics. Most generally used on business cards, stationery and brochure covers. With a range of nearly 100 coloured foils from our foiling stockists, we can offer you an unrivalled selection of foils in all colours of the spectrum in metallic, gloss & satin finishes, and even have the ability to match Pantone’s in gloss and matt pigments.

Metallic golds and metallic silvers are the most popular choices, although transparent foils are available in both high gloss & matt clear plus a range of pearlescent options. These subtle effects can be a great alternative to Spot UV varnish on uncoated materials. Our Pigment range of foil includes white and black, which provide excellent quality for many applications, which give a strong uniform colour and can be an excellent alternative to screen printing.

Embossing

Embossing alters the surface of paper or other materials by creating a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The process is extremely simple and cost-effective way of enhancing the look and texture of the paper.

The procedure requires the use of two magnesium, copper or brass dies, one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression.

A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibres of the paper, which results in a permanently raised area in the paper.

Debossing

Debossing is the opposite of embossing. Debossing is when the image area is imprinted into the paper, creating a depressed effect. Like embossing, you can choose to leave the debossed area untouched or fill it in with ink or foil stamping.

Unlike embossing, debossing doesn’t interfere with the back of your print piece, giving you both sides to work with. It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with embossing.

This process uses the same procedures as embossing, with the use of two magnesium, copper or brass dies, one that is raised and one that is recessed.

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