Chinese Lantern Festival, Get Creative!

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Lantern Festival

Today marks the last day of the Chinese New Year festival, which also means that today is the Chinese lantern festival. The lantern festival falls on the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar symbolizing the return of spring (which cannot come fast enough we’ve had enough of this winter chill!) and the reunion of families. The Lantern festival can be traced back 2,000 years ago which means it is a very old and sacred part of Chinese culture.

During the festival people get together on the night to celebrate with many activities. These include, enjoying the sight of lanterns in all their glory, flying drones, and guessing riddles written on lanterns, eating tang yuan (sweet dumplings), lion and dragon dances, and walking on stilts!

With all these activities to do us at Ink n Toner UK would definitely advise you get involved to celebrate such a colourful celebration. As well as that, we have some great ideas to get you flexing those creative muscles to make the most of this occasion!

Chinese new year E-Card

E-cards

Use the ink you purchase from us to design your own or print out our template for an E-Card! They can really help to brighten up someone’s day and you can get them sent to loved ones if you are not able to be with them.

 

Chinese New Year 2018

Posters

If you want to make a bigger spectacle of things try designing your own poster to put up on your wall at home or at your place of work to brighten up the place!

 

Origami Lanterns

Lantern design

For those who are really daring, try making your own Chinese lanterns through origami here are a few ideas for those who need some inspiration

From us at Ink N Toner UK have a great rest of Chinese New Year and bring on the Lantern Festival!

Lexmark and their new universal printer driver update!

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Lexmark LogoAre you fed up of the constant driver updates that come along with owning a printer? At Ink N Toner UK we definitely are. If you own a Lexmark printer or are thinking of buying one then now would be a great time to own one. Lexmark are coming out with their own Universal Printing Drivers. This will allow for user-friendly access across all Lexmark printer systems and will make it easier to help fix your printer whenever it does come across any issues.

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It does this by updating its interface to reflect the features of the printer’s configuration showing only the corresponding printers settings and features. This will limit a ton of confusion for the customer, as the updates will not change how they use their printer or how the settings they are comfortable with.

With only one package to manage, Lexmark themselves will be able help their customers across the board as everyone will be on the same driver settings and updates/fixes can be made and distributed across the board which will help promote a swift and uncomplicated service. For Lexmark this works out to be cheaper too. Time spent on installations, as well as a reduction in cost for IT Support to help make any changes.

We at Ink N Toner UK think it is important to keep you in the know about any and all upcoming changes in the world of printing. We hope we’ve helped! And if you want to check out any Lexmark printers feel free to visit our website at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/

Valentine’s Day at Ink N Toner UK!

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With Valentine’s Day just over the horizon (tomorrow to those who are not with it!) We are sure that all of you are running around thinking of gifts for your significant other. Or, stressing about if your valentines crush likes you back. That being said, we at Ink N Toner UK are looking forward to valentines this year. And being the helpful bunch we are, we are here to help you out this year!

custom card

First, up we have the generic but timeless idea of cards! These things are a staple on Valentine’s Day, for the simple reason of being able to write your thoughts on paper and giving it to your partner to cherish forever. You cannot go wrong with a nice well thought out card. However, that can never be the only gift you get for Valentine’s Day. On its own, it will be seen as lazy. Its best appreciated with a bunch of flowers or some chocolate. Here is a few ideas to get you thinking.

valentines flowers

Origami flower

Going off from what we just said Flowers are another great gift idea and depending on your style, you can choose to be subtle with a simple rose or go the whole distance and gather a massive bouquet it is all up to you. As well as that for those creatives out there, you could make your own printed origami flowers to put some thought into it!

 

valentines coupons

Love coupons are also a nice touch. Maybe your partner really wants something but could not get it immediately. Get them a gift card and disguise as a love coupon to really brighten up their day.

If you need any inks for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we have your back! Moreover, for those of you who spend £20 pounds or more between now and Friday will receive some lovely Belgian chocolate hearts!

Happy Valentines from us at Ink N Toner UK!

The Winter Olympics, show your support!

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Winter Olympics Mascot and Poster

The 2018 Winter Olympics is kicking off today in Pyeongchang, South Korea and it is looking to be a spectacular year for the realm of winter sports Ink N Toner UK will definitely be watching! For those of you not in the know. The winter Olympics takes place two years after the regular Olympics (the last one being 2016’s Rio Olympics in Brazil) and will include many well-known winter sports including Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice hockey and Figure skating. In addition, it will host some not widely followed sports like the Luge, Bobsleighing and Curling.

We are sure that if you follow the Winter Olympics, you will want to support Team GB in any way you can, as we are not all able to go to South Korea. Therefore, we at Ink N Toner UK would like to help you do just that! We have made a little poster for you to print at your leisure and if you want to make your own. Just make sure you have all your inks in good working order. You could make cards, posters, and mini flags. The possibilities are endless!

Winter Olympics Custom Poster

The winter Olympics will be amazing this year so show your support and cheer on Team GB, We know we will be!

The EU GDPR and what you should know.

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be coming into effect from 25th of May 2018. It means to expand the rights of individuals, and to control how their personal information is collected. It overall places a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.

At Ink n Toner UK, we already adhere to most these rules, as we believe in this day and age our customers’ data should be protected and we are always mindful of this fact. Which is also the reason why we tweaking the way you opt-in to our alerts and offers when you sign up with us.

Currently, when you confirm you want to buy a product from us, you agree to our privacy policy and terms and conditions meaning you will automatically receive emails from us regarding any deals or products we have to offer. While an effective way to keep customers informed, some customers may not find it helpful or simply do not want this feature. We are making changes to this, meaning ultimately you will be able to provide consent if you want to receive these emails or not. And if you even if you do, you can opt-out at any time.

 

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This is one of the ways our customers are our number one priority. We hope this gives you peace of mind in terms of your data protection. For more information on our privacy and cookies policies look to our websites where they can be found.

 

Starting up a 3D Printing Business.

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THINKER BOT 3d printer3D printing is a fast growing industry, with many people discovering its benefits. Last week we gave you pointers on how to accrue money within the 2D printing industry. So this week we will let you know on how to do that with 3D printing, what you need to learn to get started and the different avenues you can go down with this currently lucrative area.

  • What is 3D printing?

For those of you not aware, 3D printing is when you take a digital design (blueprint) and you essentially make a 3D copy of it. These models are normally made of a plastic filament, which is melted and then guided along by a nozzle in the printer. This allows you to make very complicated designs in a shorter time without the need for expensive parts. The images below show you the different variations you can design and make. Now that you know what 3D, printing is we are going to let you know how to get started!Iron man mask and design

Thors hammer 3d printed

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  • Create your own designs

Start by learning from free CAD (computer-aided designs) tools like Trimble, sketchup or TinkerCAD. Many beginners are surprised by how quickly they are able to create a complex looking design after a few tutorials. Sophisticated and innovative designs can be made with these tools. Just make sure you use the various tutorials provided online when/if you need to. Image result for tinkerCAD

  • Buy a 3D Printer

The first step is to select a printer that has the right balance of cost, quality, versatility and ease of use. At Ink N Toner UK, we have a wide range of 3D printers for you to buy. For example, we have the XYZPrinting da Vinci 2.0A Duo 3D Printer for only £426.66! It’s designed with ease of use and affordability in mind.Original XYZPrinting da Vinci 2.0A Duo 3D Printer (3F20AXEU00D)

Come up with a novel product/service that has 3D printing in mind.

The key to coming up with a good service comes back to the versatility 3D printing gives. For example, the ability to modify designs allows for wide customization options. Users are able to self-create on their own websites and let the 3D printer do all the work.

We hope we helped you get started on the way to 3D printer stardom! For anymore on Printers or 3D printers, visit us at our website at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/!

4 Great ways to make money with printing.

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PrinterPrinting is still a growing industry and with more people discovering its unique uses maybe you have wondered to yourself. How can I get started and how can I use printing to start up my own business? We at Ink n Toner UK are here to give you a few pointers to get yourself started. After reading this, you will have the knowledge necessary to be able to use printing to your advantage.

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  • Create and sell designs

Printing is versatile in the way that it allows you think up and make your own designed cards, posters and a plethora of many other things without spending too much money or taking too much time. If you have that creative flair, take advantage of it and sell your own custom made cards and other printables.

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  • Self-Publishing

Self-publishing allows anyone to write a book and put it into print. With this, you can create or acquire content that you format into book form. Once formatted you can complete a small press run with the printer. Many online services that have a print-on-demand feature, which allows you to order and print books after you have sold them.

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  • Business branding

Businesses everywhere are in a constantly trying to separate themselves from the rest of their competitors. One particular way they work to achieve this is through their business branding. Many starting businesses know they need to put a brand on themselves through logos and methods. However, they lack the artistic prowess needed to make their brand stand out. This is where you come in. If you have that skill and are able to use a desktop publishing software, you can create branding designs for clients and send them to a print shop.

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  • Training manuals

Lastly, many business owners cannot be bothered to make training manuals. This creates a good opportunity to create the training manuals that allow employees to get the information they need to work safely and efficiently. You will not need many skills to do this. Except patience and the ability to sift through boring technical material.

Whatever your printing needs or aspirations InknTonerUK are here to help provide you with the materials or printers you need. Hope we helped!

 

Canon EU and their PIXMA G Series Expansion

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Canon PIXMA G SeriesLast year Epson introduced refillable ink tank printers into the market, And Canon have confirmed they are to release their own range later in the year. The PIXMA G series will be designed with ease of use in mind, making them especially good for customers who want high volume as well as low cost per page for use at home or in small businesses.

The Key features of these new devices include.

  • High Page Yield, which allows printing of up to 6000 pages (In Black) or 7000 pages in colour.
  • An Auto Power ON/OFF function. Which is great for those who like to conserve energy.
  • High quality prints, with genuine black pigment ink and dye colour inks, allowing them to produce borderless photos of up to A4 in size.
  • Wi-Fi Technology (exclusive to the G4510 and G3510 variants) allowing users to print wirelessly through a Laptop/PC or other smart devices.
  • Canon PRINT App. Users will be able to scan copy and print using this app. As well as accessing the PIXMA Cloud Link, so photos and other documents can be printed remotely from apps like Facebook, GoogleDrive, Dropbox and many more.

For more information go to www.canon-europe.com for more information on their specifications on this range of printers. Additionally, you can buy each of the inks for the PIXMA G variants online from us at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/Canon-PIXMA-G/. We will also let you know which group of inks correspond to the printer. All of the new PIXMA G Series printers (PIXMA G1510, 2510, 3510 and 4510) use the ink bottle for the Original Canon GI-590 CMYK Multipack.

For more information on any other Ink or Printer related products visit us at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/.

China’s new environmental audit. Is it as good as it sounds?

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Companies that manufacture products in china are now in hot water thanks to the country’s environmental rules that aim to tackle heavy polluters. Many factories countrywide have been penalized and are either being shut down or are in the process of being shut down in the wake of these new developments.

After China’s huge industrial and manufacturing surge over the last few decades it is now unfortunately home to some of the world’s most polluted cities, with its main issues surrounding its groundwater, and more so the effects it will end up having on drinking water.

China has had environmental laws in place since 2013 but they were not as strict with punishments for those who did not follow those rules. Now factories are being forced to follow suit or face their production being shut down completely.

According to global Sources plastic, printing, textiles, chemicals and a plethora of other industries have been affected by these changes.

For many factories though these environmental audits are not very helpful in letting them know what constitutes as compliance. This means they are not even aware if they are at risk of being shut down or not. In addition, even if a factory is closed, there is no clear timeline of when, or if, they can start production again.

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At InknTonerUK we pride ourselves on the fact that we find ways to recycle previously used ink cartridges. Those empty cartridges will also help raise funds for our partner charity Caring 4 Kids because cartridges that can be used again have a value.

By recycling your inkjet cartridges with us, as well as doing your bit for the environment, you will also be helping the charity and therefore making a difference to the lives of thousands of children.

 

Top five printed Xmas Ads of 2017

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Chistmas draws ever closer at InknTonerUK. We’ve given all of you advice on how to make this Christmas a good one and we hope we have helped a lot in that regard. Wed like to show you examples of printed adverts we thought were really great this year in the run up to to the 25th of December.

Starbucks xmas ad

  1. Starbucks

A popular coffee shop for many Christmas shoppers all over the world, Starbucks uses this time of year to celebrate with their warm festive cups. Along with that, they get even more creative by topping each of the coffee cups with a cream swirl that ultimately takes the shape of a Christmas tree! This overall design is great due to the simple yet effective way this advert uses colour. The warm earthen background and cups along with the white cream helps bring out the Christmas feeling that much more.Quality street Quality Street

There’s no other snack filler on Christmas day like a box or tin of chocolates. Quality Street is one of the more popular choccy choices, in this Advert they have gone for the simple yet effective trick of spreading the chocolate around in the shape of a reindeers head.Harvey nichs

  1. Harvey Nichols

This one is quite funny as it is very relatable, there is nothing more awkward on Christmas day( and many other special occasions) of trying to act like you are happy with a rubbish present you have received. Harvey Nichols have used this to urge customers to not make the “gift face” by telling you to shop with them to find the perfect gift this Christmas.

 

 

 

  1. Greenpeace

While everyone around the world will be looking forward to presents food and parties. Greenpeace has used the occasion to reminds us about the dangers of global warming and the effect it will have on us at Christmas season. A snow globe disturbingly shows a completely melted snowman left with nothing but hat buttons and a carrot. Really thought provoking. pedigree

  1. Pedigree

And lastly Dog food brand Pedigree have warned santa claus that he may meet a four legged friend or two during his annual trip down chimneys around the world.

Seen as this is our last blog for this year. From us at InknTonerUK, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!