Foil Blocking

Foil blocking is both a science and an art, and here at Spink & Thackray our craftsmen and craftswomen have spent decades mastering the technique.

We use the traditional foil blocking method of heating up individual blocks of metal, known as hot foil blocking, and applying pressure to the foil to transfer the design to the material.

Because we use this traditional method the quality of the foil printing is unrivalled, and it also means that an embossed impression is left on the material.

This additional tactile element makes the end product really stand out as a thing of beauty by giving it a quality feel as well as a quality look.

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Expert Craftsmanship

Our foil blocking process has been designed to make it as easy as possible for you – we just require images of the artwork you would like foil block printing.  

We then use this to create a metal die of the artwork. You then chose the type of foil you would like – options include gold, silver, black, white, rose gold and more – and then our experts get to work.




Colours of metal to choose from


We have a wide range of beautiful foils to choose from, from traditional gold and silver to striking black and bright pinks. If you had something else in mind just ask and we will try our best to find you a suitable foil.


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Foil blocking can be applied to a wide range of items, from thesis and dissertations to books, journals, presentation and solander boxes, menus and even invitations.

If your foil printing requirements are a little more unique, then we offer a range of bespoke design, printing, binding and foil blocking services to ensure we meet all needs and requirements.

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