Foil Blocking

A touch of class

Foil blocking defines elegance. On a business card, an invitation to a wedding or a publication, nothing else comes close when you want to position something as premium or high value.

Two hundred years ago foil blocking was an expensive, labour intensive technique reserved mainly for hardback book titles and spines but now at Windmill you can have the same high calibre effect applied to a broad range of materials cost effectively and efficiently.

You never need to worry about colour matching as foil blocking doesn’t contain ink, and it never loses its lustrous, shiny finish.

Foils are available in a huge variety of colours and finishes, including metallic, satin, gloss and matt. However, metallic foils work best on small text or artwork with fine or intricate detail – our team is here to help and guide you if you are unsure.

Windmill have been creating foil blocked masterpieces for some of the most exclusive clients for over 40 years and our team have an unmatched reputation in the industry.  Did we mention the Eastenders Christmas card? 
Request a sample pack and see for yourself how foil blocking could give your printed piece that extra touch of class and distinction.
The Windmill Approach

Foil blocking is also known as hot foiling or foil stamping.

A metal die is created, which is then heated on the press. The foil is fed into the press and the card is pressed against the die, trapping the foil in between. As the heat from the die and the pressure to the card is applied, the foil is released from the film it is held on and transfers onto the card.

Special diffraction and security foils are also available. If you would like a foil swatch to choose a particular colour, please let us know.

We can foil onto almost any weight of stock, from light weights of paper up to heavy thicknesses of board. Plastic substrates and textured materials can also be foiled.

See more examples of Foil Blocking in the showcase.

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@ShetlandReelGin Labels hot off the press and straight to the bottling line! Great to see them :)
10/10/2017
We produced these lovely foil blocked notebook covers for @markandfold - here's the finished product available from… https://t.co/RY0oufvP3t
10/10/2017
RT @Antalis_UK: The winner of the Stationery category is…@markandfold in collaboration with Catherine Nippe with the 2017 Diary #antalisrev…
10/10/2017
Incredible detail on the blind embossing seen on these notebooks for @markandfold #emboss #notebooks… https://t.co/IlUj5nFBiT
10/10/2017
@ShetlandReelGin that's great to hear you like them! I'm looking forward to seeing them on the shelf. well done t… https://t.co/Y94mbY5LhE
10/10/2017
RT @ShetlandReelGin: We are soo excited to share the newly designed bottles with you! Hope you like them! https://t.co/xZbnGB4rJs
10/10/2017
@gdfscotland Looking great! Can't wait to be there on the 20th :)
11/10/2017
Just had to repost another few images of these lovely notebooks! #foilblocking #hotfoil #luxurystationery… https://t.co/k6TtcEQmqU
12/10/2017
RT @m_maruszka: So many beautifully printed/crafted goodies in one place ?? @windmillprint @gdfscotland https://t.co/gjQvEY6d6N
20/10/2017
Had a great time seeing everyone at our stand at graphic design festival Scotland today! Lots of nice samples give… https://t.co/TVuMSQXgG4
20/10/2017
We've been busy with a new project the past couple of days... postcard packs for @gdfscotland ! @imajicabrandevo… https://t.co/J64FZ7HDmo
20/10/2017
8 shades of @colorplanpapers in our postcard packs, including the new #marrsgreen ?? @GFSmithpapers… https://t.co/98T2j6u18h
20/10/2017
#lasercut postcards being finished off.... @gdfscotland @GFSmithpapers @imajicabrandevo @colorplanpapers… https://t.co/xmZERJTEbN
20/10/2017
RT @gdfscotland: TopForm is in full swing! #topformuk #gdfs https://t.co/jgvTz6ixtH
21/10/2017
Great to see our foiled booklets in here! https://t.co/h2JJkguyIk
31/10/2017
@the_teasmith Thank you ?? a beautiful label for an amazing gin!
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Our beautiful labels coming off the printer #masterofcraft @windmillprint https://t.co/SdBOrIoITr
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Absolutely delighted that @fortytwo_studio have been awarded THREE design awards for Teasmith @thedrum @Scots_Creative #…
02/11/2017
#Repost @lilliesprotectors (@get_repost) ??? The feeling of everything falling together and ready to hit the shelves of retailers very soon // #heelprotectors #autumn2017 #fashion #trendsetter #3dprinting #health #lifestyle #heels #protectors #shoes #saveyourback #changingposture #bridalwear #blueheels #fashionista #fashionaddict #fashionstyle #fashionpost #ootd #ootdfashion #goldfoil #slipcase #whiteandgold #boxes #packagingdesign #packaging #packagingbox #packaginggoals
07/11/2017
Proud to work with @tangentgraphic on more print... #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithograph #lithoprint #diecutting
07/11/2017
2 x die-cut panels on this piece for @tangentgraphic - great design and really happy with how this one turned out! #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #Students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithographic #lithoprint #brochures #brochuredesign #glasgowdesigners
07/11/2017
Some lovely stationery we've just produced for @7narchitects Designed by @noeassociates - this stationery is foil blocked white and grey and colour edged a punchy pantone yellow. And of course... its on @gfsmithpapers Colorplan. #Repost @7narchitects (@get_repost) ??? Thank you to @noeassociates and @windmillprinting for our new custom made stationary using @colorplan_papers from @gfsmithpapers #stationary #newlook #windmillprint #colorplan @foilcoltd @colorplan_papers @gfspauls #foiling #foilblocking #hotfoilstamping #hotfoil #colour #pantone #colouredged #yellow #edinburgh #edinburgharchitect #Print
14/11/2017
RT @7NArchitects: Thanks to Noe Associates and @windmillprint for our new custom made stationery using @colorplanpapers from @GFSmithpapers…
14/11/2017
A time-consuming finishing job.... But the end product makes it all worth it ?? #workinprogress #windmillprinted #binding
07/12/2017
Love this video! And some great shots of our labels too ?? #windmillprinted #labels #foilblocking #windmillprint… https://t.co/fQjDNLjovh
07/12/2017
A great foil blocking and embossing job going out the door today.... @lochnessspirits #foiling #foilblocking #hotfoilstamping #hotoffthepress #embossing #emboss #windmillprint #windmillprinted #compliments
15/12/2017