Hot Foil Printing

This is what makes us different, we have four hot foiling machines dating back to the 1950’s. They are built to last and give beautiful tactile results time after time. Having a variety of foil stamping presses gives us the ability to hot foil an extensive range of paper, card and other materials with different finishes and colours of foil.


Hot foiling can be can be used stand alone or in conjunction with other printed elements of your artwork design, to achieve the required finished effect.

We hot foil business cards, wedding stationery, book jackets, diary covers, packaging, postcards, greetings cards, letterheads and compliment slips plus much more. These are just some of the items we are asked to apply hot foil processes onto for our customers throughout the UK and into Europe. So if your project is not listed, get in touch so we can explore what we can create with you.

what is Hot Foil printing?

The hot foil process involves engraving a reverse of the design onto a metal plate (also known as a block or die). Then, using a combination of heat, pressure and dwell, the foil is transferred onto the substrate. This is where the skills built up over decades enable us to perfectly foil intricate designs using manual presses for the perfect finish.


Metallic Gold and Silver are the traditional colours thought of for hot foiling, however there is an extensive range of colours available in finishes ranging from satin to holographic. There are even foils with patterns built into them to extend the range of finishes that can be created.


We stock and use foil ranges manufactured by Foilco Ltd, Leonard Kurz Ltd and Phillips Foils Ltd.

Benefits of Hot Foil Printing

Hot foiling by hand on traditional presses gives a timeless and elegant finish to your project. The slight depression of the foil into the paper or card feels completely different to normal printing methods that sit on the surface. Foil will help your finished piece stand out as it reflects and catches the light as it is moved.

How do I prepare my artwork?

Ideally vector eps artwork please. With a foil layer to be solid black with a visual layer to show foil printed area. All fonts converted to outlines. Please steer clear of tones and tints in the foiled artwork. They don’t produce well when foiling as the foil is a single colour. If in any doubt about the type of artwork files to supply or if you need help with the design process please email or contact us for help, hints & tips.


If you’d like some help, advice or need some further information about our Gilt Edging service please contact us. By phone, email or fill in your details and we’ll get back to you asap.




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