DIY: Metallic Effect Christmas Gift Tags

Make your own professional looking metalic effect gift tags this Christmas

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer


Our resident 'craft expert' Tom shows you how to make some fantastic looking metallic gift tags at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive reactive foil.

We’ve even put together some fantastic Free Gift Tag printables for you to download and use:

  • INKredible Gift Tag CollectionDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Light) Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Dark) Gift TagsDownload
  • It's Cold Outside Gift TagsDownload
  • White Christmas Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Xmas Gift TagsDownload

If you're more of a 'visual learner' you can skip below to see the video of the process in action. If not, here's how it's done:

 

You Will Need:

  • Reactive Foil Transfer – We got Gold and Silver from Amazon here:
  • Laser Printer – A black only (mono) one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, we used our 130gsm Matt Photo Paper and some brown ‘Kraft’ card from Amazon:
  • Scissors / Knife– To cut the foil.
  • 2 sheets of plain paper – To protect the foil from direct contact with the laminator.
  • Standard office or craft laminator – The heating process is what transfers the foil to the toner and keeps it there.

 

How it’s Done:

1. Print your image in black onto your desired stock (card, paper etc.) using a Laser Printer.

For this process to work you must use a laser printer, images printed using an inkjet printer will not work.
As a work around you could print your image with an inkjet printer and then take this to be photocopied onto your preferred stock. Most large photocopiers use toner rather than ink.

2. Measure the amount of foil you need to cover the area you want to coat and lay it over with the ‘mirrored’ side up.

The foil will stick to any toner but not to any of the unprinted surface.
Any unused foil that goes through the laminator cannot be re-used so make sure to only cut enough to cover what you need.

3. Sandwich the Card / Foil between two sheets of standard copy paper.

This protects the foil as it goes through the laminator.

4. Send the layered assembly through the laminator.

The heat setting will depend on your laminator but we found a medium high heat worked best for us.
Too cold and the foil will not adhere properly to the toner.
To hot and the foil will ripple, and un-foiled toner areas will be damaged.
It is best to experiment with your laminator / card / foil combination before going for your final product.

5. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! Now you need to resist the urge to foil everything that comes out of the printer!

6. Have Fun! Experiment with different styles!

Try different shapes, inverting the printed areas of your design or layering up different paper types.

Here’s The Video:


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Free Christmas Card Printables

Free Printables

'tis the season... FREE Christmas printables to print at home.

All cards come in a handy Pdf ready to print onto A4 paper / card of your choice and fold neatly into an A5 card.
To make it even easier why not pair them with one of our Greeting Card Kits and get that 'professional' look at home.

Want more free stuff?

Check out the Rest of our 12 Days of Christmas and see what's up for grabs.

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Sunday 7th October is Grandparents day! - FREE PRINTABLES

Show them you care with one of our great FREE printables to print at home.

All cards come in a handy Pdf ready to print onto A4 paper / card of your choice and fold neatly into an A5 card.

To make it even easier why not pair them with one of our Greeting Card Kits and get that 'professional' look at home.



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HP 934/935 Firmware Update **AUG 2018**

HP Officejet Pro 6230/6830 Firmware Update**AUGUST 2018 UPDATE**

As you may or may not be aware, HP have recently installed firmware updates onto several printers, including the Officejet Pro 6230 and Officejet Pro 6810/6820/6830, which may have disabled the functionality of compatible cartridges in your printer.

The good news is that HP have made a fix available in the form of downloadable firmware updates from their support site. The latest updates available are dated July 31st 2018.

If you encounter problems with your printer when installing any compatible cartridges, particularly when receiving the ‘Missing or Damaged Cartridges’ error message, then we recommend installing the latest correct firmware for your printer from the following links:

 

HP Officejet Pro 6810/6820
DOWNLOAD HERE


HP Officejet Pro 6830
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 6230
DOWNLOAD HERE


1) Once on the correct page for your printer model, you should see a Blue ‘Download Now’ button. Click the button and select ‘Save as’ or the file may automatically download.

2) Once the file has downloaded, run the file (Usually found in your Windows 'Downloads' folder) and this should then be uploaded to your printer, re-enabling your compatible cartridges once again.

Let us know if this re-enables compatible cartridges for you!

 

*Inkredible.co.uk do not take any responsibility for failed Firmware updates and as such, they are only to be undertaken at the customers own risk.

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HP 903/903XL Firmware Update **AUG 2018**

HP Release New Firmware It has been confirmed that HP have released a new Firmware (August 2018) for any printers recently affected by non working compatible 903 and 903XL cartridges.

The new firmware file removes outdated supplies authentication measures as deployed in the latest automatic firmware version that may have been downloaded to your printer. This automatic update may prevent the printer from working with third party cartridges that contain non-HP security chips.

Please note that even with this change HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP supplies.

If you have one of the affected printers listed, then we recommend visiting the correct link for your printer below:

HP Officejet Pro 6950
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 6960
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 6970/6975
DOWNLOAD HERE


Instructions

1) Simply download the correct firmware file from the HP website by clicking the 'Download' button above that is relevant to your printer model.

2) The downloaded file can usually be found in your 'Downloads' folder in Windows. Double click the file. It will run and search for the relevant connected printer. Click 'Update' to begin to update your printers' firmware. This may take a few minutes to complete.

*Inkredible.co.uk do not take any responsibility for failed Firmware updates and as such, they are only to be undertaken at the customers own risk.

Let us know if this re-enables compatible cartridges for you!

Which Printers Are Affected:

  • HP Officejet Pro 6950
  • HP Officejet Pro 6960
  • HP Officejet Pro 6970
  • HP Officejet Pro 6975
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HP 953/953XL Firmware Update **AUG 2018**

HP Release New Firmware It has been confirmed that HP have released a new Firmware (August 2018) for any printers recently affected by non working compatible 953 and 953XL cartridges.

The new firmware file removes outdated supplies authentication measures as deployed in the latest automatic firmware version that may have been downloaded to your printer. This automatic update may prevent the printer from working with third party cartridges that contain non-HP security chips.

Please note that even with this change HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP supplies.

If you have one of the affected printers listed, then we recommend visiting the correct link for your printer below:

HP Officejet Pro 8210
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 8710/8715
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 8720/8725/8728
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8730/8740
DOWNLOAD HERE


Instructions

1) Simply download the correct firmware file from the HP website by clicking the 'Download' button above that is relevant to your printer model.

2) The downloaded file can usually be found in your 'Downloads' folder in Windows. Double click the file. It will run and search for the relevant connected printer. Click 'Update' to begin to update your printers' firmware. This may take a few minutes to complete.

*Inkredible.co.uk do not take any responsibility for failed Firmware updates and as such, they are only to be undertaken at the customers own risk.

Let us know if this re-enables compatible cartridges for you!

Which Printers Are Affected:

  • HP Officejet Pro 8710
  • HP Officejet Pro 8715
  • HP Officejet Pro 8720
  • HP Officejet Pro 8725
  • HP Officejet Pro 8728
  • HP Officejet Pro 8730
  • HP Officejet Pro 8740
  • HP Officejet Pro 8210
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HP 950/951 Firmware Update **AUG 2018**

HP Release New Firmware It has just been confirmed that HP have released another new Firmware (August 2018) for any printers recently affected by non working compatible 950/951 cartridges.

This new firmware file removes outdated supplies authentication measures as deployed in the latest automatic firmware versions your printer may have received. Your printer may be prevented from working with third party ink supplies that contain non-HP security chips.

Please note that HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP supplies.

If you have one of the affected printers listed, then we recommend visiting the correct link for your printer below:

HP Officejet 8610/8615/8616
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8620/8625
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8630
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8640
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8660
DOWNLOAD HERE


Instructions

1) Simply download the correct firmware file from the HP website by clicking the 'Download' button above that is relevant to your printer model.

2) The downloaded file can usually be found in your 'Downloads' folder in Windows. Double click the file, it will run the program and search for any affected connected printers. Click 'update' to update your printers' firmware. This may take a few minutes to complete.

*Inkredible.co.uk do not take any responsibility for failed Firmware updates and as such, they are only to be undertaken at the customers own risk.

 

Let us know if this re-enables the use of compatible cartridges for you!

 

Which Printers Are Affected:

  • HP Officejet Pro 8610
  • HP Officejet Pro 8615
  • HP Officejet Pro 8616
  • HP Officejet Pro 8620
  • HP Officejet Pro 8625
  • HP Officejet Pro 8630
  • HP Officejet Pro 8640
  • HP Officejet Pro 8660
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Lottie Joins The Inkredible Team

LottieHello! I'd like to let you all know who I am. My name is Lottie and I am the newest member of the Inkredible family. I work part time to help Inkredible deliver their exceptional standards of customer service and I will do my best to provide you with just that.

I currently work just 3 days a week helping to finance myself through a Batchelor’s degree at Teesside University. I am studying English with Creative Writing which lends itself to requiring a lot of printing. I wanted to give you a little run down on how I use my trusty Canon Pixma printer and how I get the best out of this little fella.

I'm all about e-bills, wasting less paper and using online resources where I can, however when studying I find the best way for me to learn is by printing and highlighting work. I find it much easier to read through paper versions of information.

A simple trick that I recently learned to reduce the amount of ink I use (which is significant in the first place - good job I happen to know a fantastic ink supplier!) is to simply select the 'draft' or ‘fast’ option in printer settings, along with the greyscale option.

This tab is available once you've selected to print and is located in advanced options, where you will also be able to choose the type of paper you are using etc. This is a function that reduces the amount of black ink used, so it's great for when I'm printing just to read through or highlight chunks of information.

I also recently designed a book cover as part of an assignment. The full cover was exceedingly colourful and with some pretty excellent compatible inks, my trusty Pixma was able to create a masterpiece! Working for Inkredible I have already picked up many hints and tips for getting the best out of my printer, and the best thing is this knowledge is here for our customers too.

If you check out the rest of the blogs here or drop us an email, we’ll be able to help you with just about any aspect of your printing world.

Anyway, enough about me and us. We’re here for you!

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HP 953 Series Firmware Update (February 2018)

HP Release New Firmware It has been confirmed that HP have released a new Firmware (February 2018) for any printers recently affected by non working compatible 953XL cartridges.

The new firmware file removes outdated supplies authentication measures as deployed in the latest firmware version, that may prevent the printer from working with certain ink supplies that contain non-HP security chips. Please note that even with this change HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP supplies.

If you have one of the affected printers listed, then we recommend visiting the correct link for your printer below:

HP Officejet Pro 8210
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 8710
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet Pro 8720/8725/8728
DOWNLOAD HERE

HP Officejet 8730/8740
DOWNLOAD HERE


Instructions

1) Simply download the correct firmware file from the HP website by clicking the 'Download' button above that is relevant to your printer model.

2) The downloaded file can usually be found in your 'Downloads' folder in Windows. Double click the file, it will run and update your printers' firmware.

*Inkredible.co.uk do not take any responsibility for failed Firmware updates and as such, they are only to be undertaken at the customers own risk.

Let us know if this re-enables compatible cartridges for you!

Which Printers Are Affected:

  • HP Officejet Pro 8720
  • HP Officejet Pro 8725
  • HP Officejet Pro 8728
  • HP Officejet Pro 8730
  • HP Officejet Pro 8740
  • HP Officejet Pro 8210
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