Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Metallic Foil, Foil Blocking, Hot Foil Blocking

What Is Foil Blocking

Foil blocking is applied post print. It is used to give a highly decorative finish.
Foil blocking can be incorporated into a wide range of printing jobs, from stationery through promotional work and beyond. It can also be used as a security device on tickets, cheques etc.
Foil blocking is very popular with greeting card publishers.

In the foil blocking process, the die or the sculpted metal plate comes in contact with the foil and transfers a thin layer of the foil film onto the intended surface. As the metal plate is heated, the foil sticks to the surface only in the design of the plate and in the required areas with the desired imprint.

Hot Foil Blocking

Foil blocking machines, also known as hot foil stampers, use heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. The foil stamp is a permanent process.

Here at Speciality Printing we use a Heidelberg 13 x 18 Platen that can hot foil up to B3 size, but we also have access to a larger machine for bigger sheet size when the need arises.

This process is applied post printing and can provide a distinct decorative appearance. Most popular finishes are, gold and silver but there is a huge range of colours and tints available.

To see full list of tints see

Before finalising artwork please call Harry to discuss your requirements.


This process gives an image of a 3D effect. It can be done blind (no printing image) or in conjunction with print on foil.
This process uses a mail and a female die to push the image out from the rear. It can also be pushed in from the front (debossing).