Mother’s Day: 3 Free Ways To Show Mum How Much She Means

Show Mum how much she means to you with these free printable cards. No need to spend a fortune to show how much you care; these free cards are quick and easy to print, saving you a couple of pennies and plenty of time.

 

Is she a fan of Gavin and Stacey? Does she love Freddie Mercury? Select your favourite card below and get printing!

 

     

Freddie Mercury Card                                                   Nessa Card 

 

 'MUM' Card  

 

 

How To Get Your Free Card 

  1.      Select your preferred card design (below)
  2.      Next, load your printer with card or paper – which ever you prefer and have to hand
  3.      Now click on ‘more settings’ – here you will see a drop down menu for ‘paper size’. Make sure you select ‘B5(JIS) paper card if you’ve bought a card pack from INKredible, if not you can select the paper size that matches the card or paper you’ve loaded into your printer.
  4.      Finally, press print and receive your free card.

 

 

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3 Steps To Printing High Quality Photos At Home

Create a collection of your favourite memories by printing your photos at home. This guide will have you printing high quality images at home in no time whilst saving you money.

 

Photos are a great way to reminisce on your favourite memories; nostalgia has been proven to increase feelings of happiness, heighten self esteem and bring you closer to your loved ones.

Printing your images at home is an easy and cost effective way to hold onto those special moments, although many people aren’t sure how to print their images correctly and to a high quality. To get the most out of your printer and produce the highest quality photos, here’s what you have to do.  

For this example we’ve used A4 Matt 190gsm inkjet paper which is compatible with all inkjet printers.

 

 

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Firstly, you’ll need to start with an empty paper tray before placing your A4 matt 190gsm paper (or alternative matt photo paper) into your printer.

It’s important that your image is printed onto the smooth side of the photo paper to achieve the highest quality. 

Each printer may vary depending on the make and model. For example, we used the HP Officejet Pro 8610 printer and placed the smooth side of the photo paper face down into the tray.

Top Tip: If you’re not sure which way to place the paper, use a regular A4 sheet and draw a small ‘x’ on one side. Place this into the tray face down and press print on your laptop/ computer. If the side of the paper with the ‘x’ has been printed onto, you’ll know that you should place your paper smooth side down in order to have your image on this side and vice versa.

 

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Next you’ll need to place your favourite images into Microsoft Word, Publisher or an alternate A4 canvas on your computer.

We find that placing the images into a word document works perfectly fine. Scale the images to your preferred size and head to ‘file’ > ‘print’.

Now click on ‘printer properties’, here you’ll be able to select a different paper type. We recommend selecting ‘everyday photo paper matte’ or something similar.

Most importantly, make sure you change the ‘print quality’ to ‘best’. This can also be found within ‘printer properties’.

 

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Finally, make sure that you are only printing one sided, you don’t want to be printing your images back to back. Once these simple steps have been completed, go ahead and press print.  

If you’ve followed these steps, you should have a high quality image which has been printed onto the smooth side of your matt photo paper. If you’ve accidently printed onto the textured side of the page, the image is likely to be dull and of poor quality. If this has happened, simply load the tray with more photo paper and place the opposite way down to the way you placed it before.

 

 

To achieve high quality images at home, it is also beneficial to print with good quality inks, we recommend searching your printer model at inkredible.co.uk to find the best cartridges for photo printing. 

We would love to see your photos, please tag us in any images on Facebook or Instagram of your prints.

Need printing advice or guidance? Contact our customer support team today.  

 

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Celebrate Someone Special: Free Birthday Cards

Has an important birthday slipped your mind? No need to panic. If you’re short for time or haven’t been able to pop to the shops to pick up a birthday card, you can simply print one of these free designs, saving yourself some time and money.

 

 

Choose Your Free Card Design

 

  

'Avo Great Birthday' Card                   'Excuse To Eat Cake' Blue Card

 

  

'Excuse To Eat Cake' Pink Card                  'Doughnut Look Old' Card

 

'Excuse To Eat Cake' Sprinkle Card

 

 

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Affordable Ways To Say I Love You This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can quickly become an expensive and over commercialised event, but there are more affordable ways to show someone you love them this February.

Instead of splashing the cash, tighten up your purse strings and try these inexpensive ways to say ‘I love you’.

 

Send a Heartfelt Message

Most people buy a Valentine’s Day card for their loved one; make yours extra special by writing a message or love letter inside. Not only is this an affordable way to show that certain person how much you care, it’s also a thoughtful memento that doubles up as a keepsake.

Print a free card and list the things you love most about that person, write about the day you met, or share a funny story that makes you think of your Valentine.

 

Cook A Valentine’s Day Dinner

Why share your Valentine’s Day with other people when you can stay home and enjoy some quality time together. Cook up a Bolognese or make your own pizzas, pop open a bottle of wine and relax without the noise of a restaurant or bar.

If you want keep the theme romantic, have a go at baking your own heart shaped macarons by printing a template, whipping up a recipe and enjoying this sweet treat with your loved one.

 

Get Creative

Why not have a go at something new together? A couples craft night is a great option for those who are creative at heart. Search Pinterest for ideas like making your own bath bombs, or if you love reading you could print and make your own origami bookmarks.

Papercrafts are an affordable and easy option as you can find designs online and print them at home, giving you freedom to try various creative ideas.

For couples who are less creative, use your home printer to gather together your favourite images and start creating a photo album filled with your favourite memories. This is a great way to reminisce and can also be shared with your family and friends whenever they come to visit.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Have a go at these ideas and save a penny or two in the process.

Don't forget to download and print your free Valentine's Day card and give these ideas a go, all of which are great options if you have access to a home printer. 

Make sure that you have enough printer ink and paper before you get started.

In need of printing supplies? Head to the INKredible website.

 

 

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Send Love This Valentine’s Day: Free Printable Cards

Want to show your loved one how much they mean to you this Valentine's Day? With these free and printable cards, spreading the love is easy and won't cost you a penny. 

 

Get your pen and paper at the ready and write a heart felt message inside one of these free cards.

To get yours now, simply load your printer with paper/card, download your favourite design and hit print. It's as easy as that!

Make sure to change the paper settings just before you print by clicking 'page setup' OR 'More Settings' and set the paper size to 'B5(JIS)' if you're using one of our card sets.

 

 

 

   

'Apple To My Pie' card                                    'YOU' Joe card

 

   

 'I Turtley Love You' card                                Catching Spiders card 

  

 

'Yoda One For Me' card

 

 

 

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 If you need any advice or support with your printing, don't hesitate to get in contact with our INKredible team. 

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How Can Printing Be More Sustainable?

Leading a more sustainable life can be a challenge for many and there’s often allot of confusion around whether printing can be eco-friendly. 

 

We know that going paperless isn’t always a realistic option, luckily there are other alternatives that will be better suited to supporting you in your goal to becoming more environmentally friendly.

 

Reduce Waste

One of the best ways to reduce your waste is to make sure that the printer you are using is of high quality, this will ensure that more of your documents sent to print will be successful, reducing the amount of paper and ink going in the bin.  

A high quality printer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; choose a product such as the Canon MG5750 for great quality colour images and documents. This model also has a wireless feature allowing you to print straight from a mobile device or laptop, handy for those who use these devices to capture images, or access emails and professional documents. 

 

Recycle Your Waste

Many people think that printing products are disposable and they are, but they also contribute to land fill and an excess of waste. Now you can prevent your cartridges, toners and drums from polluting the planet with INKredible’s recycling scheme. Working in partnership with Zero Waste Recycling to guarantee that products don’t end up in land fill, you can now simply post your empty cartridges back to us using a pre-paid postage label and we will do the rest. 

 

Switch Up Your Paper

Many of us want to cut down our paper usage but this isn’t always possible. However, there are sustainable options which can suit your printing needs such as opting to print on recycled paper. This is a great option for those who need to print regularly or in high volume. Alternative options include printing on paper that has a carbon neutral production process, or is FSC certified which will ensure that it is created from sustainably managed forests.

 

There are many ways to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. We spend most of our time at work using our devices and printers, so why not start with creating a more sustainable approach towards our printing habits? These simple steps can help you become more sustainable and you can now go the extra mile by recycling your empty cartridges and toners. Post your empty ink cartridges to us today and do your part for the planet.   

 

 

Looking to buy a new printer? The Canon MG5750 is a great tool if you want to print more sustainably. MG5750 ink can be purchased online at INKredible.

In need of product or printing advice? Contact the INKredible team today with any queries you might have.

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Don’t Rely On Digital: Why You Should Print Your Photos

Smartphone camera quality has improved vastly over the past decade, they have become multifaceted tools which we use to check emails, scroll through social media and even produce images of a quality similar to DSLR and other high end cameras.  

 

The improvement in phone camera quality has increased the social media usage and the reliance on technology to store images and data. However, an estimated ‘48% of companies’ report tech-performance issues daily, which tells us that relying on technology to store your images can’t be enough.

 

Digital Can Fail, Paper Won’t

We know the heartbreak – you capture some amazing moments and your phone breaks, or your computer dies and you’ve lost everything.

In 2019, Twitter introduced new Terms and Conditions, meaning profiles that were inactive for 6 months or more were deleted, resulting in many people losing photos and other content.

Don’t rely on digital and most importantly, don’t loose your memories to digital error; print physical versions of your favourite photos straight from your phone or laptop.

If you don’t already have a home printer, the Canon MG5750 is a great option for producing high quality colour images. Additionally, MG5750 ink is an inexpensive option for those who want to print regularly.

 

Create a Conversation

How often do you flick through the photos on your phone? Probably very rarely, which defeats the objective of taking a picture in the first place.

Create a photo album for your coffee table or frame your favourite images and create your very own gallery wall at home. Both of these options are great conversation starters when having company round and you’ll be more likely to reflect on your treasured memories.

 

 

Digital technology and social media account does not guarantee the preservation of your images and memories. Make sure you print any important images, to avoid heartbreak from digital failure.

Looking for a new printer? The Canon MG5750 is the perfect option for high quality photo printing, and you can find affordable MG5750 ink here.

 

 

If you’re in need of any printing advice or product expertise, our knowledgeable team will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Contact the INKredible team today.

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3 Ways To Be More Organised In 2020

 An online report estimated that ‘50% of the UK workforce’ will be working remotely in 2020. Ensure that your work space is prepared and well organised to increase your productivity for the year ahead. 

 

Is your resolution to be more organised at work and in your career this year? We’ve rounded up the top 3 essentials for increasing your productivity.

 

Make A Note

The start of the year is the perfect time to make a note of all the important dates and events that you already have planned. Having a Calendar sorted by the beginning of the year means that you can plan ahead and make a note of anything special that pops up along the way, ensuring that you have a 360 view of the year. 

 

 

Organise Your Work Space

Home office essentials such as a diary, paper and printer ink will be handy to have stocked up in your workspace and will keep your work flow moving.  

If you’re planning on working from home more often in 2020, make sure your workspace is well prepared with equipment such as a high quality printer like the Canon MG5750 - a fast and wireless product that produces images and documents to an efficient standard.  

Don’t worry! Not all printers are expensive to run, you can find affordable MG5750 ink available at INKredible.

It’s also a great idea to keep a list of things you will need for productivity. For example, avoid running out of ink by printing your own reminder labels, or use different coloured sticky notes on your wall calendar to highlight important memos and dates

 

 

Create A Routine

A morning or evening routine can be useful; it will create a structure that assists you in perfecting your work/ life balance. A desk planner is a useful solution to staying on top of your work load and planning the day or week ahead of you. Get into the routine of writing your priorities, plans and to-do’s on an evening to organise your busy schedule and increase your productivity.

 

 

 

 

Stay organised in 2020 and ensure that your office essentials are stocked up. These simple tips will keep your workload as hassle free as possible.

At INKredible, we understand that home printing doesn’t always go to plan, which is why our team of experts are on hand to offer support to get you back up and running, as easy as ‘Order, Install, Print’.

Are you having issues with your printer or in need of product advice? Get in touch with our INKredible team today.  

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Tech Tips #2 | 5 Ways to Reduce Printing Costs

5 Ways to Reduce Printing Costs

Are you looking to save some pennies on your printing costs? Follow this simple guide and wage the war against over priced printing and products. 

Check Your Printer Settings

Many of us usually click ‘Print’ or press ‘CTRL+P’ to start a print job without even checking what print settings we’re using.

Ask yourself, do you really need to print using the highest quality setting? Usually draft or medium quality is good enough for everyday printouts and unless you're printing barcoded tickets, professional documents or photos for example, there's usually no need to waste additional ink on the 'fine' or 'Highest Quality' setting.

While in the printer settings, it’s also worth experimenting with selecting different ‘paper type’ options. Some unexpectedly work better than others and can increase the clarity or reduce ink bleed on the finished print.

Draft mode is also much quicker than the highest quality settings, so it will also save time when printing something fairly basic.

 

Change Your Font

Did you know that the default Windows font Arial is one of the worst offenders for ink usage?

In certain tests, Times New Roman was found to be 27% more efficient on ink use than Arial, while both Calibri and Century Gothic also outperformed Arial.

Also think about excessive use of Bold text as this uses more ink then a standard printed word. If you need to highlight something, try using italics instead.

 

Cut Your Paper Costs

Most of us use standard 80gsm or 90gsm printer paper for household printing tasks but in conjunction with reducing the print quality to save ink, you could also switch to a 60, 70 or 75gsm grade paper to save money, especially when printing those less important documents.

There are also a number of recycled paper options available today so it’s a good idea to shop around for the most economic and ecological solution for you.

Many modern printers allow a feature called 'Duplex' printing. This is where the printer will automatically print on both sides of the paper, effectively cutting your paper use in half! Of course, this isn't suitable in all situations but it is definitely something to consider to prevent paper being wasted.

 

Buy Compatible Ink Cartridges

If you didn't know by now, the biggest saving you can make when printing is to decide what ink to buy.

Do some research before you buy your printer and check how much both Genuine OEM and Compatible/Remanufactured Ink Cartridges will cost. Your printer is a one off cost whereas the ink or toner is an ongoing cost so that is where you can make your savings.

We find the best value printers will use several individual colour cartridges, rather than those that simply use one Black and one Colour tank. Don't be fooled by the super cheap printers, you will end up paying more for your ink supply quickly enough!

We recommend compatible cartridges for the majority of users wanting to cut their printing costs. You can make massive savings instantly and the ink is indistinguishable from its more expensive counterparts. Contrary to opinion, compatible cartridges will not invalidate your printer warranty in the same way as a third party oil filter would not invalidate your car's manufacturer warranty.

Be aware, not all compatible cartridges are of the same quality, and as such, prices can fluctuate. Our aim is to keep prices low whilst keeping quality high!

 

Keep a Good Stock of Ink or Toner

We understand how frustrating it is when you need to print something and you get the dreaded ‘Ink Low’ warning message!

We always advise keeping a sensible stock of ink cartridges to ensure you’re never in a position where you can’t print off your boarding pass, wedding speech or music festival tickets.

Because we offer discounted prices when purchasing multiple quantities, we recommend working out your usage requirements for 2, 4 or even 6 months and order the items you need in one go. You’ll always have Ink Cartridges available and are saving money in the process!

Should you change your printer, we will offer Reward Points for the return of any fully boxed products within 12 months so you can buy without fear of losing out!

 

If cutting your printing costs is something that you are trying to achieve, head to the INKredible website to discover affordable and compatible printing supplies. Our customer support team can assist you all the way through from order, install, print. 

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Tech Tips #1 | Maintaining Your Printer

Maintaining Your Printer

In the first of our Tech Tips series, we take a look at the basics of keeping your printer in tip top condition.

 

Where Should I Use My Printer?

Before you even start using your printer, you should have a think about where it is going to be located. Most of us sensibly install it somewhere near the computer it will be used with or in a central location if it is to be used wirelessly.

There are, however, other considerations to make if you want to optimise your printer's performance and longevity.

Firstly, ensure your printer is located in a cool, well ventilated room away from direct sunlight, radiators and other heat sources. Printers can overheat so make sure there is plenty of room around the printer, especially near any air vents.

We don't recommend using your printer in a dirty or dusty environment such as a garage. At best, the contaminants are not going to be beneficial to a healthy printer and at worst, excessive dust can be a fire hazard.

 

How To Clean Your Printer?

Once you're up and running, printers are generally clever enough to perform a head clean cycle automatically to maintain optimum performance.  They will also perform a cleaning cycle every time you switch the printer on as they initialise the cartridges ready for use. Unfortunately there is no real way around this, short of leaving your printer on all of the time.

Printers will gather dust naturally so it's good practise to give the outer surfaces a wipe over with a damp or microfibre cloth a few times each month. As well as household dust, you'll often see a build up of paper dust residue inside your printer from time to time which can be cleaned out with compressed air or a small handheld vacuum.

If you get any ink spillage inside your printer, simply use dry, absorbent kitchen towel to careful soak up the excess before using a slightly damp kitchen towel or cloth to clean up the remainder. When dealing with cleaning ink, use rubber gloves to minimise any ink transferral to your skin. Ink is water based though and will come off after a few days if you do happen to get any on your hands.

 

Use The Built In Maintenance Tools

Many people ignore the maintenance tools that are built into the printer. They are there for a reason and that is to improve performance if something isn't printing as expected.

If print quality starts to degrade or colours don't seem to be displaying properly, it is likely that you either need to replace a low cartridge or use the 'Nozzle Check' and 'Head Clean' function.

Nozzle Check will output a printed sheet of lines, symbols, patterns or blocks of individual colour to help determine which cartridge is in need of attention. Because the Nozzle Check uses pure ink from each cartridge, it is a much more accurate way to see what is at fault, rather than printing a photograph or blocks of 'imperfect' colour made in paint or word software.

You can also use the 'head alignment' tool to correct poor print alignment or the 'roller cleaning' function should you experience poor paper feed. Just look out for them on your printer menu under the Maintenance or Tools section.

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