For a more colourful option to debossing, foil blocking maybe the answer. Foil blocking, also known as 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 – a foil doesn’t have to be gold or silver!
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 an deboss. Depending on the product and foil we can create varying levels of foil and deboss. If you are after a foiled effect but with depth, please ask. 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.
Foil blocking is possible on the majority of our premium products from notebooks through to bags, folders, tablet cases, pencils, luggage tags and 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 foil print on the inside of the notebooks was used in each case to convey additional brand information in a way that made it look like an integral part of the book itself.