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|FOIL BLOCKING / FOIL STAMPING|
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|In its simplest form, Foil Block Printing (sometimes called Hot Foil Stamping) is where a pre-glued metallic foil, is pressed by a heated die, into the surface of a material. This is a permanent way of applying a quality finish to materials, such as card, for packaging. This process can also be used to apply a finish to other materials including leather.|
|The foil is metallic, but comes in a range of colours including gold, copper, red and purple. It is even possible to block print holographic foils, creating 3D effects. Foils are also available as satin, gloss and matt.|
|STAGES - FOIL BLOCKING / FOIL STAMPING|
|The media (e.g. leather) and foil, placed together on the table of the foil blocking machine||The die is heated to a high temperature and pressed with force into the surface of the media.|
|3. Once cool, the foil blocking machine is opened and the waste foil is removed, as well as the block printed media.|
|DIGITAL FOIL HOT STAMP MACHINE|
A design is constructed using software such as CorelDRAW or a similar graphics package.
Then the media to be printed on, is placed on the surface plate. The heated digital head (made up of minute individual pins) continually forms the desired shapes / letters / characters and they are pressed into the moving media, whilst the head is hot. The heat and pressure applies the foil permanently to the media, in the form of shapes /letters.
Designs can be permanently ‘fixed’ to a wide range of materials / products including leather / plastic folders, passport covers, invitations, packaging, textiles etc.....
|EXAMPLES OF FOIL BLOCKED PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS|
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