Flat Foil – Heat Transfer

Printed in-house, we achieve this style of foil printing using heat transfer. Flat foil printing lets us print in one colour from our pre-mixed colours, including matt, metallic finishes & wash care options. Flat foil printing is suitable to print onto any satin ribbons on our shelves; the last count was around 50 colours. The quickest custom printed ribbon we can supply, often with a Next Day option should you need it. Order this printed ribbon here.

Special Order Printing Options

We print the majority of our custom printed ribbons in our in-house workshop in the beautiful countryside of Essex. We can also offer other alternative bespoke and more specialist print styles for bulk orders over 1000metres. These methods can take longer than our standard printing.

Specialist printing will require an editable illustrator file (.eos or .ai files) or an editable PDF file (.pdf). You will need to supply any custom font files we may need if it is not in our current font library. There would be an origination cost for these specialist printing options; costs will vary depending on the chosen method. Any plates produced will remain on our property for two years for any repeat orders.

Rotary Foil

Rotary printing uses a laser-engraved print roller or rollers to heat transfer the print design from foil to the ribbon. Rotary foil printing is restrictive on the colour print available from a pre-mixed colour palette. If your logo or text has a small font size or lots of details, this is not such an excellent option for you. This printing method is great if you need a continuous line along the edge of the ribbon. Smooth Satin Ribbons are best suited to this method of printing. 

Rotary Ink

Rotary Ink printing uses Photopolymer Plates. Using a curved cylinder to transfer the design onto the ribbon. Ink in reservoirs is then moved onto the ribbon using the cylinder. This method of printing is excellent for small, intricate detailed designs. Whilst the rotary ink has a good colour fastness, it is possible for to Pantone match print colours onto lighter ribbon colours. Rotary Ink printing creates a solid colour print, not suitable for tonal printing. Darker colour printing on lighter shades of ribbons works best. 


Debossing means the design is sunken into the surface of the ribbon. Using metal plates to press a design into the ribbon or fabric. Debossing can be a great way to create a “Tone on Tone” effect using only the ribbon, i.e. no foil/ink, just pushing the design onto the ribbon. Debossing is an excellent printing method for a High-end premium/subtle effect. Debossing printing is suitable for velvet ribbons, as well as polyester satin.

 Dye Sublimation

A specialist paper is used for Dye-sublimation; the specialist paper then transfers the design onto the ribbon. Digital sublimation printing is best for complex designs. It can produce vibrant designs and is excellent for all-over designs right up to the edge of the ribbon. Dye sublimation can be used for narrow 7mm wide ribbons, up to a 200mm wide ribbon. This method f printing is best for lighter shades of ribbon to achieve the best print. Photographic images can be printed onto a ribbon using this method. 

 Flexo Sublimation

 Felxo sublimation uses a specialist paper that transfers your design onto the ribbon. A full-colour print is achievable using Flexo Sublimation. It is not possible to print metallic colours using the Flexo Sublimation printing method. Ribbons can be as narrow as 10mm or as wide as 200mm. 

 Flat Screen

The ink is pressed through a prepared fine-mesh stencil containing your image during flat screening printing. The image is then directly printed onto the ribbon. A good definition when printing light colour inks onto darker ribbon colours, such as white ink onto black ribbon, can be achieved using this method. Flat-screen is suitable for various ribbon surfaces.

 Puff Screen

Puff screen printing uses expandable ink. The ink pushes through a mesh stencil of your design, and the ink is then expanded through a heat process to create the raised effect on the ribbon. The puff printing creates a raised 3D effect. Customers can use this method to print onto satin and grosgrain ribbons.

 Foil Over Adhesive

A specialist glue is applied over a mesh stencil. Foil is then used over the glue, attaching to the bond and creating the raised effect.

French Raised

French raised printing is best for customers requiring the absolute best high-end result. French Raised is a specialist printing method using a specialist ink in conjunction with a laser engraved print roller to produce this unique print style. French Raised can be printed using Metallic or standard colours onto smooth surfaces. 

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