Guide to digital foil printing

I get a lot of enquiries about adding effects to wedding stationery, so for the next few weeks, I'll be discussing all the different effects and techniques that can make your stationery really stand out.

Metallic accents are easily the print effect that people request the most. Metallic or shiny accents look lovely on wedding stationery and can add glamour to an otherwise simple design. However, the traditional way of achieving this effect (hot foil stamping - read my guide here) can be expensive.

Digital foiling, or cold foil blocking, is a great alternative for the more budget concious bride - and it has some advantages.

Digital foiling gives a similar effect to hot foil blocking but it doesn't involve a heated metal die. It happens during the normal print process so it takes significantly less time. As it is a digital print process it means there are no costly set ups fees, personalisation is possible, and low quantities are cost effective.

Digital foiling is available in the same wide range of colours and performs similarly to hot foil on contrasting coloured paper.

However, it doesn't have the same tactile quality as traditional hot foil printing. As there is no heat involved the ink sits on top of the paper rather than being impressed into it. The paper choice is limited compared to hot foil printing and sometimes also needs to be sealed with a laminate. Which means you lose the contrast between uncoated paper and the shiny accents.

If you're looking for a lower cost alternative to hot foiling for your wedding stationery then digital foiling could be perfect for you. If you'd like to have a chat about how you can add digital foil to your wedding stationery please contact me on

View my foil inspiration board on pinterest.