Special Occasion Foils, How we do it

These special Occasion Foils have really caught on, the past two days has been non-stop. The 36″ foils are pre-printed with the 6 different designs and stored flat in large plan files. The personalization was then added afterwards with vinyl. This option was timely and plotters are not cheap, we looked at buying another plotter but a decent one will cost about £3000+. We now screen print the personalization onto each foil, its quicker, easier and since we produce about 80 screen per week the cost is about 19p per screen

An acetate is placed in position. The RDS edge is taped to the bed allowing us to move when required but then always returning to the same position

The screen is then married up to the acetate. The acetate has bold black lines printed onto it. These lines represent the print area for each of the six different designs


The pre-printed Special Occasion Foil is then place on the bed, the acetate moved back into position. The foil is then lined up with the acetate to give us the correct printing position

The correct colour ink is the applied to the screen and primed

The ink is then pulled through the screen and the personalization added

After the required amount has been printed for each order the next screen is locked into place and another order is ready to print


Each foil after printing is placed on to a drying rack for about 2 hrs, then dispatched. As you can see it's been a busy day for Special Occasion Foils. These orders are now ready for dispatch to various balloon companies throughout the UK and the USA

Any Special Occasion Foils that are ordered for overseas use are shipped via Airsure which takes about 5 days. The past few days with the volcanic ash cloud have been a bit testing but all the orders got through in the end


About matthewlewisdisplays

We are a small balloon company based in Coventry. We specialize in balloon decoration and balloon printing. We have our own balloon printing machines & print on Qualatex latex balloons from 9" to 36" as well as 4ft & 5.5ft Chloroprenes in single colour and foils balloons from 18" , 20" and 36" in multi colour. We also have a full digital print arm to the company supplying business stationary and balloon race labels. As for me I'm self motivated, love my job and private life. Im married to Traci, have two children Joshua (Josh) and Harriet (Harribo) and two dogs, Midnight is a black Labrador and Zara is a black shaggy coated Labradoodle. My main hobby is fishing which I find very relaxing and I can be found with a rod in my hand most Sundays (Weather permitting). I also run a quiz every Monday evening in the pub I live next door to raising money for SANDS My balloon decorating career started many moons ago in 1989. I was introduced to Qualatex balloons just after that, passed my CBA in 1994 and have never looked back since. My work has taken me length and breath of England and into Europe working on large scale decor at Euro Disney in Paris and as well as Alacante in Spain and more recently appearing on the hit TV show "Idiot Abroad" staring Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis on location in Macedonia for the 3rd and final series. My passion for balloons and balloon decoration continues to grow and I am a great believer that to be the best you need to use the best so Qualatex are my first and only balloon I use for large scale WOW factor decor. Their education and training are second to none and their vast array of products tick all the right boxes in the creative juices department.
This entry was posted in Balloon Printing, Foil Balloon Printing, Latest News, Special Occasion Foils, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s