Adverse Weather Alert

Due to the current adverse weather conditions affecting our region normal operations have been disrupted. We will be updating this page as the situation evolves.

 

 

Thursday 01/03/2018 - 17:30 PM

Again, Royal Mail were successful in making our evening collection and most orders were dispatched as expected. If you have received a 'Dispatch Confirmation' email, then your order has been handed to Royal Mall and is on its way.

We do remind customers that the adverse weather is affecting most delivery services aruond the country and to allow a little longer for Royal Mail to make thier deliveries. We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

Thursday 01/03/2018 – 08:30AM

Following the further snowfall overnight there is likely to be severe disruption to operations again today. We do have a small team that were able to safely make it in and they will be doing their best to ensure as many orders as possible are dispatched and that all your queries are answered.

Unfortunately, it may not be possible to get back to everyone or dispatch all orders on time with the limited resources we have available, so your patience at this time is very much appreciated.

 

Wednesday 28/02/2018 - 17:30 PM

Royal Mail were successful in making our evening collection and most orders were dispatched as expected. If you have received a 'Dispatch Confirmation' email, then your order has been handed to Royal Mall and is on its way. Of course, Royal Mail are experiencing problems with the weather also and have advised us things are likely to take a little longer than normal to reach customers. We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

Wednesday 28/02/2018 - 12:30 PM

We do have a small contingent of staff in the warehouse processing orders ready for dispatch. However, at this point we are still unsure as to whether Royal Mail will be able to make our collection this evening.

 

Wednesday 28/02/2018 - 9:30 AM

In the interest of staff safety and wellbeing we have taken the decision not to open our offices this morning. Those staff members that can do so will be providing support and assistance from home via our normal ‘Live Chat’ and email channels where possible.

Unfortunately, this means that any orders due to be dispatched today may not leave our warehouse as expected. We will be liaising with staff throughout the day and if safe for some staff to travel we may be able to reopen our warehouse later this afternoon. Of course, we are then also reliant on Royal Mail and our couriers to be able to make their usual collections from us, which at this point has not been confirmed possible.

 

 

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Valentine's Day: Free Printable Cards

Valentine's Day is upon us once again. Why not take advantage of our great, free printables and grab yourself a card 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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DIY: InkJet Image Transfer to Wood

 

InkJet Image Transfer To Wood


Getting an image from your phone or computer and transferring it onto a wooden surface can open the door to all sorts of exciting projects!

A quick google search will yield plenty of differing  methods of transferring an image to wood. So, we tried a fair few out and came up with what we think is the easiest, fastest and all round best way to go about it:

 

You Will Need:

  • Wooden Block / Board – Goes without saying really!
  • InkJet Printer - A Laser printer won't cut it here unfortunately.
  • OHP Transparency Sheets – We had some lying around, but you can grab them here - http://amzn.to/2G0wq6P.
  • PVA Glue – Might as well stock up, this stuff comes in super handy - http://amzn.to/2EinT2U.
  • Sandpaper (optional) – High grit (120 - 200) helps with tidying everything up.
  • Clear Lacquer or Varnish (optional) – You can use this to protect your work once finished if needed.

 

How it’s Done:

1. Coat the OHP Transparency with a thin layer of PVA Glue.

If your OHP sheet has a rough and a smooth / glossy side you need to coat the smooth / glossy side for this to work.
The thinner the layer, the better, but you want to make sure it is fully coated with no gaps.
Leave this to dry until the white PVA turns transparent, ideally overnight.

2. Print on to the COATED side of the Transparency with your InkJet printer.

You will need to print your image in reverse onto the side you just coated with PVA.
Check your image software or printer settings for 'Mirror Image' or 'Flip Horizontal' to achieve this.
Leave to dry for at least 1 hour.

3. Apply a thin film of PVA glue to your wooden Board.

Again, as thin as possible but making sure it's completely covered.

4. Place the Transparency 'Printed Side Down' onto your board.

Your image will now look the 'right way round' and will give you an idea of the finished product.
Smooth out all of the air bubbles and make sure all of the image is pressed firmly into the board.
Leave to dry completely. Again, overnight is ideal.
You'll know when it's ready as the PVA will be transparent once again.

5. Peel off the Transparency to reveal the image it leaves behind! 

The Transparency should come away easily, if not give it a little more drying time.
Clean up with a light sanding all over if required. Don't worry if a few bits flake away, this is all part of the rustic charm.
If you want to protect your work further, a clear coat of spray Lacquer or varnish will do the job.

Here’s The Video:


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DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer


Did you know, you can make your own expensive looking foil coated cards and invitations at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive transfer foil?

Neither did we until recently, so we tasked our resident 'craft expert' Tom to give it a go and let us know how it's done. 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 ours from Amazon here - http://amzn.to/2nLM52w
  • Laser Printer - A black only one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, even one of our Greetings Card Kits.
  • Scissors – 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.

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!

Here’s The Video:


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