Customizable Wrapping Paper Available at LexJet

While there are endless reasons for gift giving, there are certainly not endless options for wrapping paper. That is, until now. With HP Satin Wrapping Paper, what’s in the box isn’t the only thing special about the gift: your clients can create their own wrapping paper, for any occasion.

Everyone knows that Christmas and birthday wrapping papers are easy to find, but what about when someone wants to celebrate “National Love Your Pet Day” or “National Donut Day”? Every day has a holiday and every holiday should have a gift wrap. Even “National Recycling Day” can be celebrated with this recyclable, FSC®-certified satin paper.

LexJet sales specialist, Ramiro Torrez, said his clients are having fun promoting the Satin Wrapping Paper. “One of my customers wrapped empty boxes and put them on display to show off image quality and generate interest in the product,” said Torrez.

This paper is not only sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of gift wrapping, it is also versatile enough for temporary posters and signage. For those Print Service Providers who have HP Latex machines and Z-series production printers, this product can be used on either printer. It is also perfect for anyone using PageWide XL printers.

If you have any questions about HP Satin Wrapping Paper (3-in core, 500-ft rolls), please visit LexJet.com or call one of Santa’s Helpers at 800-453-9538.

Big Prizes in LexJet’s Windows, Walls and Doors Contest for HP Latex Printers

HP Wall ArtLooking at creating some Halloween, Thanksgiving or other autumn-themed wall art with your HP Latex printer? Do you have another outstanding wall mural project in the works or one you’ve recently completed? If so, be sure to sign up for LexJet’s Windows, Walls and Doors contest before Nov. 30 for a chance to win between $1,000 and $3,000 in credit for future purchases at LexJet.

The contest will honor the most exciting and creative Window, Wall or Door solution printed with your HP Latex printer on your favorite HP or LexJet branded media.

It’s easy to enter: simply photograph your graphic as it’s printing (so we can verify that it’s HP Latex output) and upon installation, and then submit your photo to your friendly LexJet representative by midnight on Nov. 30. For questions and details, call us at 800-453-9538.

There will be three winners: each will be awarded with an instant credit for use for future purchases of HP and LexJet branded inkjet media and HP Latex Inks:

  • 1st Place – $3000 credit
  • 2nd Place – $2000 credit
  • 3rd Place – $1000 credit

If you don’t have the HP Latex printer, you’re curious about this technology and are looking to expand your print capabilities, contact a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

LexJet carries the HP Latex 210, HP Latex 260 and the HP Latex 280. And be sure to ask about the Start Right Program so you can save money right away and get in on the Windows, Walls and Doors contest before it ends on Nov. 30.

LexJet, FedEx and UPS Holiday Schedules

Holiday shipping schedulesOnce again, the Holiday season is here, and it starts a little earlier than usual thanks to an early Thanksgiving this week. To help you plan for product shipments and production, following is a list of LexJet’s Holiday hours, as well as links to the UPS and FedEx Holiday schedules.

LexJet’s 15 distribution centers will also be closed on the same days as LexJet. If you have any questions or need help with anything, please give us a call at 800-453-9538…

LexJet and LexJet Distribution Centers

Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day: Closed

Friday, Nov. 23: Closed

Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Closed

Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day: Closed

Monday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve: Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day: Closed

UPS Holiday Schedule

FedEx Holiday Schedule

One Hip Sticker Chic: Wall Art that Grows with Inkjet Printing

Canvas art for bedrooms
One Hip Sticker Chic produces more than custom decal decor art. Owner Kelly Ducharme also prints decor canvas wraps (Kids Canvas Art) on LexJet Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV with her low-solvent Roland printer.

Kelly Ducharme is One Hip Sticker Chic who took an artsy idea and threw it on the wall to see if it would stick. Not only would the idea stick, but it would be repositionable and re-usable, just like the Photo Tex Repositionable Fabric from LexJet she uses for her Vermont-based wall-art business.

Printing custom growth charts
One Hip Sticker Chic's custom Growth Charts are printed on Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV and tacked to the wall.

In just a couple of years, One Hip Sticker Chic has grown into a full-time online business. The website gives parents a number of Ducharme’s original designs from which they can choose and then customize the colors, patterns, fonts and copy for a variety of room décor products.

Ducharme started promoting her business at Etsy, a site for small businesses and artists to showcase and sell their artwork. Since then, the business has taken off and Ducharme ships the various decal products – including Kids Canvas Art, Growth Charts, Wall Dolls, and holiday and special occasion decals – all over the world.

Ducharme uses Photo Tex primarily for the wall dolls and Christmas tree decorative art. Photo Tex is perfect for these applications since wall doll accessories (clothing, jewelry and hairpieces) can be adhered over the wall doll and easily repositioned or taken off and replaced with another one, and the same can be done with Christmas tree ornaments, presents and decorations.

“With the Photo Tex, they can also take it down, put it back on the backing paper and pull it out again the following year,” explains Ducharme.

Removable wall art
One Hip Sticker Chic uses Photo Tex Repositionable Fabric for Wall Dolls and Christmas tree wall art. Photo Tex accessories (for Wall Dolls) and ornaments, decorations and presents can be applied, removed and re-applied to the base image.

For the Growth Charts and Kids Canvas Art, Ducharme uses LexJet Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV (she uses a Roland low-solvent printer). The Growth Charts are printed on the canvas, trimmed to size and shipped with matching tacks to affix to the wall.

The Kids Canvas Art is trimmed out and stapled to 3/4″-deep wood frames, often in series of three.

“These are going in nurseries, not art galleries, so the frames don’t need to be very deep. The canvas has been very durable and the images look great on it,” she says.

Custom Print Your Own Greeting Cards for the Holiday Season

Custom printing Christmas and holiday cards with an inkjet printerAs sure as the Halloween stuff comes down from the shelves to be replaced with cornucopias and Santas, it’s time to think about custom Christmas cards and other holiday-themed greeting cards. Earlier this year we talked to pro photographer Clay Blackmore, who said the calls start rolling in on Dec. 1. This year, says Blackmore, the calls for cards are already starting and the first order has been made.

Blackmore prints his “high-end, top shelf” cards on LexJet Sunset Etching Greeting Cards and plans to do it again this season. “We have about a dozen customers who want us to do something special, and it’s not about price. So we come up with all kinds of high-end, top-shelf cards,” he said.

The cards are available in two different finished sizes – a 5.813 in. x 9 in. scored card folded to 5.813 in. x 4.5 in., or a 7.375 in. x 11 in. card folded to 7.375 in. x 5.5 in. – and can be printed on both sides. It’s recommended that you use a sheet-fed desktop-sized inkjet printer with a manual feed option, like the Canon iPF5100 and the Epson Stylus Pro 3880.

Photo and fine art inkjet papersMade to the same high-quality fine art standards as LexJet’s line of Sunset Fine Art Papers, LexJet Sunset Etching Greeting Cards have a warm etching-like finish compatible with the latest inkjet printer models from Epson, Canon and HP. The cards can be purchased in bulk or as a kit. The kit includes Type 6 envelopes with a Baronial Style Flap.

The cards are perfect for any special occasion or holiday, including invitations and other announcements. For more information about Sunset Etching Greeting Cards, call a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.

Have Fun, Build Business with Simply Postcards App

iPhone iPad iPod Touch app postcardsLet’s face it. People still love to get mail and enjoy their hand-delivered paper products. The death of print has been greatly exaggerated. What we often see instead is a complementary merging of digital and print.

Case in point is Simply Postcards, a division of Simply Canvas and Simply Color Lab, which recently introduced a new app that allows you to create your own postcard digitally and have it printed and sent to the person or business of your choice. The app can be used with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or at the Simply Postcards website. The Droid app is scheduled to be available next week for Droiders, or whatever you call someone who uses a Droid.

“The app is easy and fun, and everyone I know who uses it loves it,” says Dean Lambert, LexJet vice president, who has been overwhelming the U.S. Postal Service with postcards to friends and family.

Lest you think that Simply Postcards is only a means to send birthday cards and such to loved ones, it’s actually an excellent tool for business. Check out a few of the 1,001 ways in which pro photographers are using the app to stay in touch and follow up with their clients at www.simplypostcards.net/1001-uses.html.

“We’re starting to see small businesses use it as a means to easily tap customized direct mail through the app,” says Dan Ptak, project manager for Simply Postcards. “The site includes a nice business function for importing contacts, bulk pricing from 80 cents to a dollar apiece, and a function that allows you to schedule a postcard for a later date so that it arrives on an anniversary, a birthday, as an order reminder or on holidays.”

Simply Postcards recently added Simply Borders to the app’s repertoire. Borders that you can add to the postcard include Featured (Seasonal and appropriately timed themes, including Valentine’s Day… Hurry up for that!), Occasions (Happy birthday, thank you), Travel (Wish you were here, vintage airmail), and Miscellaneous (Vintage photo album look, filmstrip), or create your own using their template http://www.simplypostcards.net/simplyborders/custom.html.

To see it in action, check out Simply Postcards’ YouTube video at www.youtube.com/user/SimplyPostcards

Every user receives their first postcard free after signing up, and just for our readers, Simply Postcards is also supplying three more free with the promo code: lexjet