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Foil Blocking

Bringing Foil Blocking in house

Foil blocking is something that Century Studios has been involved in for many years. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that we decided to bring it in house. By doing this, we have been able to speed up the production time enabling us to offer this beautiful process at a more competitive price.

The decision to bring foil blocking in house was calculated. Although the hot foil process requires a block or die, commonly made from magnesium or copper, it gives a far superior result than that of cold foil blocking, achieving a wonderful indentation to each project we produce.

The right equipment

The next question was what type of machine should we purchase? This was a very easy decision for Jon and I. Century Studios already has a Heidelberg Platen installed in the building. This much loved pieced of equipment, used for die-cutting a whole host of items, has been with us since we opened our doors and started our wonderful journey. Having never missed a beat or broken down, this German feat of engineering was the obvious choice when looking to upgrade our machinery.

After much research, we finally found a supplier who could provide us with a fully refurbished and converted Heidelberg Platen. With the combination and sheer brilliance of old and new technologies, we knew this would give us exactly what we were after. Next, we sourced a UK based foil supplier in Foilco, giving us access to the largest range of hot foil colours, different finishes and specialist pigment foils available.

In review

So now, three years later and hundreds of diverse projects completed, including several for Foilco, we haven’t looked back.

To see some of our lovely samples, discuss a project or for more information, please contact one of our friendly team at Century Studios.

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digital print, Foil Blocking, Singer Sewing

This week’s blog features a luxury notebook. We were thrilled when we were asked to produce a collection of notebooks with the emphasis on luxurious materials and finishes. GF Smith’s Callisto Diamond White was selected for the covers, with gold foil to the face and singer sewn spines I think we hit the nail on the head with this one. For more information or to discuss a project contact the Century Studios team. 

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digital print, Foil Blocking

This weeks blog features some scrumptious invites. With Christmas coming and the goose getting fat I thought it would be rude not to share this with you. The projects digitally printed on our HP Indigo 7900 using GF Smiths Callisto Diamond White, before being foiled in silver to create this Christmas spectacle. For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk

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digital print, Duplexing, Foil Blocking, Gilt Edging

This weeks blog features some phenomenal invites. We started the process by duplexing GF Smiths 540gsm Colorplan Imperial Blue with 540gsm Pristine White to give a hefty 1080gsm. The reverse of the invite features Foilco’s clear gloss foil, the face was then foiled and gilt edged in 6754 to create this unusual but fantastic finish. For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk.

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digital print, Duplexing, Foil Blocking, Gilt Edging

This weeks blog features some rather captivating business cards. I always encourage customers to think very carefully about the business cards they produce, with this quite often being the first piece of marketing you leave with a potential customer. GF Smith’s Callisto Diamond White 350gsm has been duplexed with Colorplan Imperial Blue 350gsm to give 700gsm. Both stocks are FSC approved and produced here in the UK so thats a win win as far as I’m concerned. Further to that the cards have been foiled and gilt edged in Foilco’s gold 6628. For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk.

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digital print, Duplexing, Foil Blocking, Gilt Edging

This weeks blog features a spectacular invite we produced for a black tie event. This masterpiece was printed using our state of the art HP Indigo 7900 before being duplex to 700gsm using GF Smiths Callisto Diamond White. 6025DG from Foilco’s range is then used to foil the face and gilt edge this most elegant invite.  For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk

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digital print, Foil Blocking

This weeks blog features Emma & Alex’s sublime wedding stationery. The two outer covers are foiled with 6037 from the Foilco range onto GF Smiths Colorplan Imperial Blue, they are then collated before being drilled in sets and bound with matching screws, we think it ooze’s with sophistication. For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk

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Foil Blocking, Singer Sewing

This weeks blog is packed full of old and new techniques to create something rather remarkable. The slip case and book cover have two things in common, both are produced on 350gsm Colorplan Forest Green and both feature gold foil 6037 from the Foilco range. The four internal books are also thread sewn giving a luxury feel to this very special project.  For more information or to discuss a project contact wayne@centurystudios.co.uk

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Foil Blocking, White Ink, Wire Stitching

This weeks blog features a wonderful trio of processes to create something rather special. The wonderfully rich black cover is the one and only Colorplan Ebony, five layers of glorious white ink are then applied using our Indigo 7900. From here the cover moves onto our Heidelberg to be hot foiled in rose gold 6037 from the Foilco range, the finishing touch is the rose gold wire used to bind the text section to the cover.

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