Foil Blocking, Hot Foil Stamping or Foil Printing

For a more colourful option to debossing, a foil print maybe the answer. Foil printing, also known as foil blocking, hot foil stamping or hot foil printing, is the art of applying foil to a surface using a heated die. Foils do not have to be metallic in finish and can come in many different colours – it doesn’t have to be gold or silver!

Silver foil print on yellow/orange notebooks

Silver foil print on yellow/orange notebooks

Yellow foil print on a Moleskine black classic notebook

Yellow foil print on a Moleskine black classic notebook

Leuchtturm1917 bi colour notebooks and tray case with silver foiling

Leuchtturm1917 bi colour notebooks and tray case with silver foiling

Leuchtturm1917 tray case for Olympia London Christmas gifts

Leuchtturm1917 tray case for Olympia London Christmas gifts

The process of hot foil blocking is similar to that of debossing, in that it uses a heated brass die and varying pressure and time to brand a design onto the surface of the notebook. However, foil blocking requires much less pressure, with the die making only a very slight impression (if at all) in the cover as it applies the foil. This means that a foil print will not create the same depth as a deboss will, although depending on the product and foil, we may be able to add some depth to the print. If you are after a foiled effect but with depth, please speak to one of our knowledgeable sales team. Each notebook or product is individually hand foiled to ensure a flawless finish is achieved every time.

Silver or gold foil on a black cover is a classic option, creating a stunning, timeless effect. However the Two Fifty One custom notebooks show how a bold statement can be made with a silver foil, resulting in an impressive contemporary look. Foils come in various finishes including matt, metallic and gloss to help you make that all important statement just the way you want it. The Movember Cahier notebooks for example, use a matt orange foil to create a traditional craft look with a modern edge.

Silver foiled red Castelli Tucson notebooks

Silver foiled red Castelli Tucson notebooks

Matt orange foil on a navy Moleskine Cahier

Matt orange foil on a navy Moleskine Cahier

Black foil on the inside of a notebook for Cobra

Black foil on the inside of a notebook for Cobra

Inside cover branded with black foil print

Inside cover branded with black foil print

Foil blocking is possible on the majority of our products and gift packaging. Foil printing does not have to be confined to the outside of a product as you can see from the Cobra and Tanqueray No. Ten examples above; a black foil print was used on the inside of each notebook to convey additional brand information in a way that made it look like an integral part of the book itself.

Grey Moleskine A5 Cahier journal with gold foil

Grey Moleskine A5 Cahier journal with gold foil

Noted in Style Business Cards

Noted in Style Business Cards

Red and Black A5 gift bags with white foil for Dolce Hotels

Red and Black A5 gift bags with white foil for Dolce Hotels

Black A5 Moleskine Cahier with gold foil

Black A5 Moleskine Cahier with gold foil

White foil on a Castelli Sherwood notebook and screen printed pen

White foil on a Castelli Sherwood notebook and screen printed pen

Gift box with intricate gold foil on recycled kraft material

Gift box with intricate gold foil on recycled kraft material

Call us today to discuss your requirements for foil printed and customised corporate gifts.