Foil Blocking

Foil blocking (or hot foil stamping) is the process of applying metallic or pigment foil to paper or card, where a heated die is stamped onto the foil.

These finishes provide the ultimate in decorative appeal. They are not limited to gold and silver foils, but extend to an impressive range of pigmented, holographic and security foils.

All of these can be combined with embossed images to produce varying tactile effects – any one of which will enhance the printed message and provide shelf appeal for greetings cards, cartons, magazine covers, brochures etc.


  • Metallic foils – silver, gold and rose gold foils
  • Pigment foils – white, black and many bespoke colours
  • Holographic & security foils
  • Pearl and opalescent
  • Matte, satin and gloss foils
  • Embossed foiling

For opaque coverage and brilliant colour, foil stamping is unparalleled. With its contrasting surface textures and shimmering highlights, foil stamping can spark excitement in a business communication and bring a static design to life.

Digital Foiling & Embossing

Now there’s a new technology in the printing playground.  Digital foil embossing.  Using a process similar to UV varnish, but allowing much greater accuracy and lift, this technology combines the effects of spot varnish and embossing but with major benefits.

  • No dies required so no minimum runs.
  • Variable thickness it allows for variable thickness through the support of halftones.  This give two benefits: texture and the ability to ‘fade’ the effect of the foil emboss and taper it out.  The texture capability allows for myriad design possibilities.
  • The impressed image does not appear in reverse on the other side of the sheet.