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Foil Block Printing

Foil blocking

What is foil blocking?

Foil blocking is a popular and extremely effective way of adding distinctive and/or prestigious graphic touches to business stationery. The foil blocking process involves heat-stamping a metal die onto paper with a thin sheet of metal foil in between to transfer the foil to the paper. Because of the process involved, it’s also sometimes called hot foil printing. 

Hot foil printing services

Foil blocking is a great way to enhance a brand or create a touch of luxury with your print marketing. Hot foil print is ideal for all kinds of commercial stationery and other 

  • Foil Print Letterheads
  • Foil Blocked Business cards
  • Foil Blocked Brochures
  • Foiled Annual reports 

Foil block printing is also used extensively as a security device on tickets, vouchers and certificates, making it much harder to produce counterfeit items.

Wide choice of foil finishes and colours

High gloss is the most familiar finish but we can supply – and apply – foil in a wide range of finishes including silk, matt, patterned and pearlescent, and in an almost unlimited range of colours.

Foiling can be used to create and/or highlight logos and graphics, its opacity enables light colours to be applied to dark backgrounds, and it can even be used as text (although we would usually recommend against attempting to print too fine a text).

All in all, it’s a superb way of bringing excitement and metallic colour to a whole range of different print materials and our people are ideally placed to offer all the advice you need to ensure the best results on your particular job. Remember, different stocks can produce different results so it’s always worth checking with us first.

Clear foil for a gloss finish

As foil is also available as a clear material, it can be used as an alternative to spot UV varnish, something that can be particularly useful for uncoated stocks where spot UV isn’t possible.

In-house foiling

Foil blocking is a service we offer in-house alongside our litho, digital and screen printing. It is also frequently combined with blind embossing, another technology available under the same roof.

This means we can handle virtually any job from start to finish, retaining complete control of quality and turnaround times. It also means no 3rd party mark-ups so you can be confident of getting the best possible job, at the best possible price.

Special printing and finishing - from spot varnish to scratch cards

Not only do we have a full range of litho, digital and screen printing equipment, but we also offer all the finishing services you’d expect of a one stop shop print group, and one or two more besides. And we do it all in-house, which allows us to retain control of quality, turn things around extra quick when need be, and keep your costs as low as possible.

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Printing services

Commercial stationery

Commercial stationery

Accuracy and quality are essential to creating that all important first impression. At AB you have the reassurance of print to the most exacting standards, ensuring colour consistent printing across your entire brand.

Brochures, leaflets, folders and flyers

Brochures, leaflets, folders and flyers

With an impressive range of digital, litho and screen printing technology all under one roof, we’re able to recommend the best solution from one-off presentation documents to 100,000 multi-page brochures.

Point of sale, exhibition and packaging

Point of sale, exhibition and packaging

With almost four decades’ experience in the production of point of sale, exhibition and packaging materials, we are ideally placed to meet your requirements in this specialist field.


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Litho printing

Litho printing

Whatever you’re looking for, from letterheads to catalogues, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, folders, posters, mailers cards and more, we have the plant, technical expertise and customer-focused attitude to help.

Digital printing

Digital printing

Major investment gives us the capability to print pretty much anything and everything digitally - leaflets, posters, brochures, folders, stickers, POS, window vinyls, signage, banners and more - giving us huge flexibility.

Screen printing

Screen printing

You name it, we’ve printed on it: paper, board, card, vinyl, plastics, metals, backlit film and more. And we back this up with a full range of in-house finishing services.

Finishing & specialist printing services

Finishing & specialist printing services

We provide all the finishing services you’d expect of a one-stop print shop and many more besides. As well as in-line sealing, creasing and cutting, we offer embossing, foil blocking, glow-in-the-dark, remoist gumming and much more …all in-house!