Michael Fields Magnetic A5 Greetings Card Project

Customer spotlight this week features the work of Michael Fields. Using the Photo Paper Direct glossy magnetic photo paper in A5 size, Michael creates cherished greeting and invitation cards for his clients, that will adhere to many surfaces such as the fridge and other metal surfaces. The work as you can judge for yourself is fantastically looking mainly due to Michael’s caricature drawing skills. Couples send him head and shoulder shots and he then creates full colour caricature to appear on the magnetic card. Quick and easy process with outstanding results. We know from customers that the magnetic greeting cards (A5 in this case) are not discarded and kept for many years. For more on his work and maybe to order your very own work, visit his site. In the meantime, here are a few samples sent by Michael (all names, addresses and phone numbers have been changed).

If you are a photographer, a budding new business, craft maker or just a creative person who is interested to show off your work, you can do so on our blog and also receive full credit of your work. Just get in touch with us.

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Chris Todd Greetings Card Project Using Matt Photo Paper

Customer project sport light today features the work of Chris Todd. Using the Photo Paper Direct matt 170g photo paper, Chris creates wonderful greetings card using his own graphic work. In his words “This paper (170gsm matt coated in A4 size) is perfect for obtaining really perfect coloured images. I use it all the time.” At Photo Paper Direct we are not surprised to hear this. The matt finish photo paper often helps produce an authentic print when the glare from glossy finish (or to a lesser extent from satin or pearl finish) may come across too shiny for the job.

For more information and to view more of his work, visit the Chris4Cards site. For now, here are a number of images sent by Chris.

If you are a photographer, a budding new business, craft maker or just a creative person who is interested to show off your work, you can do so on our blog and also receive full credit of your work. Just get in touch with us.

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Help… Printer Won’t Feed Or Accept Photo Paper

On rare occasions we come across printer feeding issues, mostly when budget or older printers are used. Mainly, either the printer is unable to pull the paper or there is a significant delay while the printer’s rolls seem to struggle until something starts to ‘catch on’ and the photo paper is fed into the printer. Such delay often results in uneven print.

There are a number of reasons why this might happen. In a large number of cases we come across, the photo paper weight (which is measured in GSM) or overall thickness exceeds the printer’s ability meaning it is too think or too heavy for the rollers to successfully handle. Another common scenario is that the printer’s rollers are either dirty or worn-out from years of use, therefore unlike to grip but the lightest of papers. It is recommended to check the printer specifications for maximum supported GSM. Most printers whether budget or premium can accommodate photo papers up to 280gsm in weight with ease. When considering higher weights and in particular art and fine art photo papers you are advised to check the printer specifications.

If you are reading this, chances are you have already bought the paper and are facing a dilemma as to what to do next. There is nothing adjustable on modern printers to allow for feeding the thicker papers. However, often cleaning the feeding rollers with a little acetone or white spirit improves things and you can also try placing a few sheets of ordinary paper (despite instructions to the contrary) in order to increase the pressure on the rollers and assist in feeding. Lastly, you could help the paper through by gently pushing it evenly from above in a case of a top feeding printers such as the Epson and some of the Canon printers.

We hope this helps.

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Cath Stonard Textile Arts Project

First customer project spotlight for 2014 features the work of Cath Stonard of Cath Stonard Textile Arts. Below are two examples of her artwork printed onto Photo Paper Direct products.

In her own words: “The tulips are a digital painting I made on my Tablet using the Art Pro App, and then printed onto your watercolour paper. The abstract is inspired by a photo that I took in my garden, the shadows cast by a garden chair, which I printed onto your Art Canvas. I found it ideal for stitching into afterwards, and adding some extra embellishments with a little acrylic paint.

As  a mainly ‘textile’ artist, I think that this particular product is one that I will be using and experimenting with quite a bit over the following months. I recently purchased a new printer, mainly because I wanted to be able to investigate further possibilities to use with my textiles, and also to hopefully produce prints of my more successful pieces.”

For more information and to purchase her work, visit the Cath Stonard Textile Arts site. Thank you Cath!

 

If you are a photographer, a budding new business, craft maker or just a creative person who is interested to show off your work, you can do so on our blog and also receive full credit of your work. Just get in touch with us.

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January Sale at Photo Paper Direct

While stock last get 30% off EVERY second product in your shopping basket (the cheaper of the two). Simply add two or more products from any category and use the promo code 2014 at the shopping cart page. You will than get 30% off the cheaper of the two.

  •  Add two or more products from ANY category
  •  Enter promo code 2014 to get 30% off the second product
  •  Unlimited 30% off, meaning that if you add four products you get 30% off the other two and so on…

Terms: Discount 2014 must be used at www.photopaperdirect.com. 30% off the cheaper of the two. Cannot be used with any other discount code. Promotion ends at Photo Paper Direct discretion.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times and Delivery Schedule

The Photo Paper Direct team would like to wish all our clients a Merry Christmas. We know that for some of you, the days after Christmas day are busy in preparation for New Year’s orders. Here is the Christmas period and New Year opening times together with delivery schedule for your Photo Paper Direct orders.

  • Orders received today December 24th expect earliest delivery December 27th (possibly delayed to December 30th due to the Weather)
  • Orders received December 30th expect earliest delivery December 31st
  • Orders received December 31st expect earliest delivery January 2nd

During this time we recommend that clients opt for the Fedex Express delivery method as the Royal Mail might take a few days to get back on track in terms of delivery speed. The Fedex Express service will normally take less than 24hrs to deliver your goods.

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Dark Transfer Paper Instructions

Transfer paper for dark and black colour fabrics is different to the light transfer paper (used on white, cream, pink and other light colour fabrics) and so requires its own instructions. The majority of tutorials on this segment revolve around the light transfer application, however the dark paper is as popular and at times is the only alternative. To use it effectively, it requires a working Inkjet printer (any brand and any model) using normal ink and an Iron of 1400w minimum output. No previous experience is needed.

Requirements

  • Inkjet Printer
  • Printing Substrate (T Shirt, Canvas Bag, Apron etc)
  • Iron – 1400w or higher
  • Suitable heat resistant FLAT Surface (Solid Table, Work Top, Floor or similar)
  • Silicon Fixing Paper (Supplied and re-useable)

Printing

  • Set the paper type on your printer to Matt Paper, High Resolution Paper, Plain Paper or similar
  • Ensure you choose the required resolution (High Medium or Low)
  • Feed single sheets.  This paper cannot be multi-fed.
  • There is NO NEED MIRROR the image.
  • Print the image
  • Allow to dry for about 5 minutes before transferring.

Preparation

  • REMEMBER – Using this paper you get the EXACT image on the shirt as you have on the paper, including the white background in between lettering and any white edge visible
  • Trim ALL excess white areas from around and within the image.
  • Prepare a FLAT solid  surface on which to iron (see 1d above)
  • Switch on your iron and allow to heat up to full temperature for 4 minutes
  • Ensure the steam setting on the iron is set to OFF
  • Before transferring, peel off the image from the backing sheet. (you will end up with a thin film with the image and the discarded backing paper which you do not need).

Transferring the image – Ironing

  • Cover the surface on which you are ironing with an old T Shirt or similar fabric to give it a slight cushioning and protect it from the heat.
  • Place the item to be printed on the surface with the area onto which you are about to transfer facing up
  • Iron the substrate without the image to warm it up a little and smooth out any creases (about 30 seconds)
  • Place the transfer paper with the image printed face up on the item.  Remember to peel off the backing which has the grid printed on it
  • Place the silicon paper (supplied and re-usable) onto the exposed image to protect the iron from the ink.
  • Start Ironing the image.  Make sure ALL AREAS of the image receive the same amount of heat by moving the iron constantly in SMALL CIRCLES and covering all the areas, especially the edges.  Apply FIRM and CONSTANT PRESSURE to the Iron. (you cannot put too much pressure on the image – the more the better)
  • Iron for about 3 minutes (For Images in A4 Size – for smaller images you can shorten the time roughly in proportion).
  • Once ironed, leave the image to cool for about 1 minute and remove the silicon paper.  The image should be closely stuck to the garment.  If there are any areas which have not
  • adhered well, replace the silicon paper and iron the area for a further 1 minute.

Optional – Transferring the Image – Heat Press

  • Follow the same instructions as with iron but apply the press for 12 seconds only at 190 degrees Celsius and high pressure.  There is NO NEED TO FIX when using a heat press.

Transferring the Images – Peeling

  • Please wait about 1 minute before removing the silicon paper.  Once peeled, the image is transferred and the process is finished

Fixing

  • There is no need to fix the image.  Once the silicon paper is peeled, the process is complete.

Washing

  • Wait 24 Hours before washing the garment
  • Wash in a Washing Machine using a FULL SPIN CYCLE
  • NOT Suitable for HAND Washing or Delicate cycles
  • Do not tumble dry

Trouble Shooting

  • Some of the Image did not Transfer – Heat of the Iron is not high enough.  Ensure the Iron is on FULL temperature and that all areas of the image are ironed.
  • The image has not transferred at all and comes off the garment – Check that you have peeled the backing paper that has the  grid printed on it.
  • The image has disappeared and there is only the white background visible – You have placed the image face down onto the garment.  The image should be placed face up and protected with the silicon paper when Ironing.
  • The image came out mirrored on the garment – you printed it in mirror mode where it should have been normally printed.  There is NO NEED TO MIRROR
  • Image Bleeding when printed – Ensure that you have selected Normal Paper mode and print quality is set Normal or Best.  If you still have bleeding, reduce ink saturation by 10 – 15%

We hope this helps. If you have any questions, please leave your comment below or contact us.

 

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Instructions For Printing On Fabric

The instructions in this guide are intended for the red or blue grid transfer paper for fabric. This paper is suitable with any Inkjet printer, using normal printer inks and requires no previous experience. If the back if your transfer sheet features red or blue grid shapes (indicating use for light colour fabrics), you may refer to this guide. It may also help with transfer papers from other makes, though please double check. The fabric of choice can include a wide range of garments such as Cotton, Viscose, Polyester, Silk etc as long as they do not melt under a hot Iron.

Requirements

  • Inkjet Printer
  • Printing Substrate (T Shirt, Canvas Bag, Apron etc)
  • Iron – 1400w or higher
  • Suitable FLAT Surface (Solid Table, Work Top, Floor or similar – Ironing board SHOULD NOT BE USED)
  • Silicon Fixing Paper (supplied with each pack of our transfer paper) or high quality white paper

Printing

  • Set the paper type on your printer to Matt Paper, High Resolution Paper, Plain Paper or similar
  • Ensure you choose the required resolution (Medium or Low)
  • Set your Inkjet Printer Driver to MIRROR MODE / Flip Horizontal / Transfer Paper and Print your image onto the paper  (if not available, Mirror the image in the software you are using and print normally)
  • Print the image

Preparation

  • Trim as much excess white areas from around and within the image.  It is advisable to leave approx 5mm white edge around the image if possible.
  • Prepare a FLAT solid  surface on which to iron (see 1d above)
  • Switch on your iron and allow to heat up to full temperature for 4 minutes
  • Do not use steam

Transferring the image – Ironing with Domestic Iron

  • Cover the surface on which you are ironing with another T Shirt or pillow case to give it a slight cushioning
  • Place the substrate on the surface with the area onto which you are about to transfer facing up
  • Iron the substrate without the image to warm it up a little and smooth out any creases (about 30 seconds)
  • Place the transfer paper with the image printed face down onto the substrate.  You should have the printed grid facing you
  • Start Ironing the image.  Make sure ALL AREAS of the image receive the same amount of heat by moving the iron constantly in SMALL CIRCLES and covering all the areas, especially the edges.  Apply FIRM and CONSTANT PRESSURE to the Iron. (you cannot put too much pressure on the image – the more the better)
  • Iron for about 3 minutes (For Images in A4 Size – for smaller images you can shorten the time roughly in proportion)
  • Rough time indication should be A4 – 3 minutes, A5 90 seconds, A6 – 45 seconds
  • It is crucial that ALL areas of the image receive equal length of ironing Insufficient time will achieve a poor result

Optional – Transferring the Image – Heat Press

  • Follow the same instructions as with iron but apply the press for 12 seconds only at 190 degrees Celsius and high press using heat press machine (optional instead of ironing)

Transferring the Images – Peeling

  • You can peel the image when HOT or COLD
  • When Peeling HOT – immediately after finishing the Ironing, peel the paper in a quick smooth action.  The image will now be on the fabric and will be matt in finish
  • When Peeling COLD – after finishing the ironing, allow the paper to cool to room temperature.  Once cold, peel the paper (there is no time limit on doing this, you can wait as long as you like).  Cold peel achieves a Glossy Finish on the shirt.  (it is recommended to finish in matt for garments which are intensively washed)

Fixing

  • In order to achieve the best washing results, the image should be fixed
  • After you have peeled the transfer paper and exposed the image, place the enclosed silicon paper on the image and Iron it for about 1 minute.  Peel the paper while hot.  The image is now fixed
  • If you want to achieve a slightly softer finish on the garment, you can fix with a high quality white paper instead of the silicon paper.  Place the white paper on the image and Iron for about 1 minute ENSURING ALL OF THE PAPER IS HOT  Peel the white paper immediately.  If the white paper has stuck to the image, reheat it with the iron and peel off (Ensure the iron does not touch an exposed area of the image)

Washing

  • Wait 24 Hours before washing the garment
  •  Wash in a Washing Machine using a FULL SPIN CYCLE
  • It is recommended to pre-wash the PRINTED garments if the first use is likely to be in extreme wet conditions
  • NOT Suitable for HAND Washing or Delicate cycles

Trouble Shooting

  • Some of the Image did not Transfer – Heat of the Iron is not high enough
  • Ensure the Iron is on FULL temperature and that all areas of the image are ironed.  Also, make sure you are working on a solid surface.  An ironing board IS NOT SUITABLE for this process
  • Garment has turned brown, yellow or has singed before the three minutes are up – You are using a very hot iron and can therefore can reduce the  ironing time by about 30%
  • Unprinted white areas in and around the transfer paper have turned yellow/brown – See point above
  • During washing, some ink ran – Wash garments in a washing machine only – DO NOT HANDWASH and DO NOT use delicate wash cycles.  The wash programme must have a full spin cycle at the end.  Do not leave garments soaking in water

We hope this guide has proved helpful.

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Customer Projects Using Photo Paper Direct’s Products

We were extremely fortunate of late to receive a number of customer examples using a wide range of Photo Paper Direct’s products. First is Phil Hawker of Summerlands Art. Using the A4 and A5 260g greeting cards, Phil is able to create greetings cards that are ideal for displaying his work to maximum effect. For more information visit the Summerlands Art site. Here are a number of images sent by Phil.

The next project features the work of Alva O’Loughlin Kennedy from Wish Words. Alva creates images with words such as slang maps – Ireland, UK and Australia and the Les Miserable images. She sells customised work through her website and a variety of standard images and through her Etsy shop. In her own words, ‘printing my work on quality Gloss photo paper and A3 satin pearl 200g paper is vital as customers expect clear crisp images. So far I have happy customers!’ Here are a number of images she sent us.

The next project features the work of photographer Alex Hardie of Alex Hardie Photography. Alex uses a range of Photo Paper Direct papers such as the A4 Satin Photo Paper Pearl Premium 260g to print images that that he then sells. In his own words ‘my customers have commented on the quality of my images that are printed with Epson Ink and quality paper from you’. To find out more, visit the Alex Hardie Photography site. For now, enjoy some of his recent work.

Last project for this round features the work of cornish abstract artist Nigel Trezise. Nigel uses the Photo Paper Direct papers for printing his abstract expressionist photo images for which he has an international reputation including the picture called ‘Argentine Tango’ which is now the property of Flavia Cacace of ‘Strictly come Dancing’ fame. For more information, visit his site. Here are a number of images sent to us by Nigel.

If you are a photographer, a budding new business, craft maker or just a creative person who is interested to show off your work, you can do so on our blog and also receive full credit of your work. Just get in touch with us.

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Transfer Paper Care Instructions

A popular question with users who have used the t-shirt transfer paper is how to correctly care for the fabric in a way that will make the printed image last longer. Incorrect care will lead to the transfer fading or worse, will see the transfer completely detach from the fabric after a few washes. The durability of the design is comprised of the quality of the transfer paper, the manner in which the design was applied onto the fabric (in particular correct time, heat and pressure) and finally the manner in which you clean and wash the fabric.

Transfer paper once applied onto the fabric is FULLY machined washable, though you are better of waiting 24h before the first wash. We already have a tutorial here explaining the recommended washing machine settings, however in a nutshell you must use a full spin cycle at 40 degree using cotton or mix wash program. Additionally, we strongly recommend that before placing the fabric into the machine you turn it inside out so that the transfer does not come into contact with the washing machine’s metal drum or indeed with other rough fabrics such as jeans. This little tip will do wonders to improve longevity.

Additional Care Tips:

  • Using a tumble dryer is recommended. The quicker the fabric dries, the better the transfer will hold long term, just make sure to dry it when the garment is turned inside out.
  • After the fabric has dried and you should you wish to iron it, again make sure to iron on the inside so turn the garment thereby ironing on the fabric not on the transfer.
  • When you wash a garment with a printed image it “fluffs up” the image making it a little rougher to touch (and softer at the same time).  When repressing with the silicon sheet after a few washes, it flattens the film which in turn holds the image on the garment, making the colours more solid and a little brighter
  • It is important to make sure that you use either colour friendly washing detergent, which is common these days.

Additionally, you could also consider extending the time between washes. In mild or cold weather, some cloths such as t-shirts can be warn 2 or 3 times before requiring a wash unless the garment is stained. It may sound ridicules, but washing the garment less often is the best manner to get your transfer lasting longer. Putting the actual transfer paper aside, even the fabric type itself has a certain lifespan so while the above tips are designed to care for the transfer, you might be let down by the fabric’s durability.  The most popular fabric type cotton has a lifespan of two years so washing it less often will help stretch these two years longer.

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