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NOW is the time to Produce your Special Christmas Cards

If you haven’t produced your own Christmas cards yet, now is the time to do it.

Christmas Card

To produce a poor card is easy. Write your Christmas message in Word. Cut and paste a picture, add some word art text for ‘Happy Christmas’ and print your cards on your inkjet or colour laser printer on 160gsm plain paper from Staples or whoever.  The quality of the output – especially the photo – will be acceptable; it will be clear that it is your own production, and the recipient will know that you spent some time thinking of them. And it will be cheap and look cheap. So is it giving a good impression of you – the serious photographer?

Do it better using Innova Greeting Cards

First think about the Recipients

Usually our lives revolve round groups with shared interests – family, church, clubs, local interests, business contacts – and then the rest – friends, tradespeople, neighbours etc. Decide – are we going to have several versions – no problem if you produce your own.

Choose the Right Photo

Your card reflects you. For many recipients – but not all – your family is a good starting point – perhaps a winter highlight (last year!) or a family event.   The only contact many old friends, even some relatives, have with you is the annual Christmas card.   The recipient will see that 6-year-old child they remember now graduating from university or getting married. However, with old colleagues or business associates the relationship is more individual. They are not interested in your grandchildren, but you doing a parachute jump – that would be something!

Get the Messages Right

Have several versions. Be interesting and not too long. Don’t bore people with too much family stuff. Anecdotes and even controversial views, preselected without offence, will show your values – and ‘you’. As most will know I am an evangelical Christian and am not hesitant to talk about Jesus – sensitively.

What Design?

The design is personal. A scrapbook-like approach festooned with balloons would never reflect me, but it might be suitable for a 20 year old young lady. For me it is the photo with enhanced HDR. I use Perfect Photo/Perfect Effects as well as Photoshop.

How produced?

One would think that with a vested interest in print-your-own supplies I would never advocate having a lab-printed card. But if you have to produce 500 identical cards, it could be the most practical – and probably least expensive option. But it is clearly a factory product – on factory paper. Special people need something special.

And how many of us need 500 identical cards? Most of us have more than one printer now – a compact colour laser, and a high quality inkjet. We can vary the type of card according to the audience.

So what consumables

For laser it is easy – a heavy weight paper 160gsm, A4 (fold to A5) and standard C5 envelopes. Why pay for more?

For high quality inkjet you need something special. That is why Innova have produced a very nice high quality archival photo matte cards on 220gsm paper to produce something special. Expensive? No! A card-and-envelope set costs from under 31p (plus VAT), less with a larger ink/paper order. Allow another 5p for ink (from Incartek of course), and we have a high quality art card for just over 36p. Compare that with a purchased card for £2 or more.

Click here for 100 Innova Greeting Cards with envelopes, from Incartek:

Innova Greeting Cards

But Remember ..

There must be something personal with the card. Otherwise, to be frank, you might as well send an e-card. Are you a friend I remember – or somebody on the list we send to because they send to us. People are real. A little handwritten note on the card. “How’s Jim getting on at school?”, “How did the operation go?”. Maybe that will re-engage them – by letter, e-mail or even Facebook.

God bless – and I hope you have a good run up to Christmas in business or at home.

Innova FibaPrint Testimonial – Really Vibrant, Beautiful Images

testimonial“The ink and paper combination I used previously was very delicate and any image with large areas of black had to be handled very delicately. The Innova papers are significantly better in that respect. Recent prints I have done on Innova’s Smooth Cotton High White paper with the Z-series 3200 have produced really vibrant, beautiful images – perfect I would say!”

Jack Lowe, Digital Printer and Production Studio

Make your own Photo Art Christmas/Birthday/Greeting Cards – sell them too!

chrismas-card-rochester-castleMake your own greeting cards from your own photos using the best photo art paper available.

Whether Christmas cards, birthday cards, photo cards, artistic cards, wedding cards, baby cards – they all give so much more pleasure if you use printable greeting card stock from Incartek.  They also show you treasure the subject and value the recipient.

Handmade greeting cards are popular.  But we do not have the time. Incartek’s printable greeting cards will be as – maybe more acceptable.

Print the highest quality pictures on the front and back – with terrific colour depth – high gamut and dmax.  Print vivid text and block graphics in the centre spread.


Sell your Own Printed Greeting Cards too!

You create photographic or fine art works that people are prepared to pay for.  You know the value of greeting cards of superior quality – but the quantity makes traditional printing too expensive – you now have the answer!


Wedding Photographers – A Greeting Card Idea

Suppement your photo sales with greeting cards – thank you cards – or next year’s Christmas card from the wedding.  Make up and print the cards yourself.  Your clients will happily pay!


So many cards..


Christmas Cards – Make your own Christmas cards using our printable Christmas Card stock

Birthday Cards – Make your own birthday cards using our printable birthday card stock

Get well Cards – Make your own holiday cards using our printable holiday card stock

Thank you Cards – Make your own thank you cards using our printable thank you card stock

Baby Cards – Make your own baby cards using our printable baby card stock

Picture Cards – Make your own picture cards using our printable picture card stock

Wedding cards and wedding invitation cards – Make your own wedding invitation cards using our printable wedding invitation card stock

Christening cards, sympathy cards, valentine cards, Easter cards, graduation cards, congratulatory cards, fine art cards, presentation cards – the list is endless, the potential to use Incartek fine art paper greeting cards too.

(of course the stock is the same whatever the card!)

Select your Cards Stock Now


Cards are packed in boxes of 100 cards, with envelopes.  If you have a bulk greeting card requirement please e-mail us. 

Innova Greeting Cards


We look forward to your first order.

Innova Photo Art Papers

Innova paper

Innova has developed the Photo Art Collection of digital photographic papers to allow the photographer the same consistency when producing their creative work, with accurate colour and the high impact expected from today’s digital inkjet printer, on a true archival art paper. Unlike standard photographic media, we unite photography with the artistry of classical natural papers to provide creative freedom for photographers and digital artists alike.

These Photographic products have been specifically designed to address the growing need of the Photographic community and are natural grade, acid free papers, precision coated for Photographic inkjet applications.

Each paper has been developed to enhance the work of a wide variety of artistic styles. Black and white, colour, portraits, landscape, abstract, computer generated and restoration work can be printed with dramatic results.

The Innova collection offers materials that produce classic images and timeless beauty with each photograph. The Photo Line products are readily available in cut sheet and roll format for wide format and desktop printing. Textures range from smooth to matt in bright white and warm colour bases.

Other similar papers include the Photo Rag from Hahenmühle

The double sided smooth cotton high white paper is available from Incartek




Innova Art Textured Papers for Fine art and Digital Photography

fineartpicThe Innova Fine Art Collection offers the artist an avenue to express creativity and beauty in the output by providing a wide range of papers, so you can match the artwork to the paper texture and weight.

But it is not just for fine art. The soft textured papers make the paper ideal for photography where the softer atmosphere is desired. It makes an excellent wedding photo paper, paper for glamour photography and the like. It will bring out the bride at her best. That is why the Innova double sided soft texure natural white paper is used in OPUS albums.

The original art papers have been coated to provide consistent colour reproduction and very wide gamut while maintaining the look and feel that photographic artists expect.

Each material has been specifically developed to produce or reproduce the work, highlighting the creativity the artist originally envisioned. Watercolour, etchings, pastel, acrylic and a wide variety of other traditional techniques can be accurately reproduced as giclees, limited edition prints, restorations, display copies or original output. As this is a wide range of applications, we manufacture a range of papers single side coated. Textures range from rough to smooth in natural white and warm base colours. Cotton canvas and archive grade boards are available, to add further choice to the wide variety of applications that inkjet printing provides.

The Innova papers offer materials that produce classic images and timeless beauty with each print. The Art Line is available for wide format printing in roll sizes of 24 – 60″ (610-1524mm) and cut sheet sizes up to from A4, through A3 and A3+ to A2.

Innova paperIt is a good alternative to Hewlett Packard (HP’s) Aquarelle

For more information on INNOVA Textured Papers click here

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Innova FibaPrint(TM) Digital Photographic Papers


Innova Art Ltd’s highly acclaimed award winning FibaPrint range has been designed as a digital solution to the traditional fibre based baryta papers used in the conventional darkroom. These papers have a special microporous gloss coating specifically for photographic reproduction and high quality fine art print applications. These provided coating range from a matte, through semi-matte to an ultra gloss finish, with the texture and feel of the art paper base giving it a quality ‘as close to any traditional fibre photo paper as I have seen’, as one renowned photographer said. The acid inhibiting crystal layer technology makes it the perfect digital photographic paper with an extremely large colour gamut and D-max rating of up to 2.7.

In 2003, when Innova began work on a fibre-based gloss photo paper, the target was to combine digital paper printing technology, at that point associated with matte inkjet papers only, with the right chemistry to produce a glossy digital art paper which gave optimal reproduction of photographic – colour and especially black and white – images. The first step was to find the right paper, a task that was made simple by modern improvements to Titanium dioxide. Unlike barium sulphate ‘Baryta (or bariet)’ type papers which have since been launched onto the market, Innova chose a smooth, fibre-based paper with a titanium dioxide base. Innova opted for a version with and without optical brightener in order to accommodate our customers’ tastes both for warmer, natural and bluish, brighter whites.

Innova recognised that many existing microporous inkjet coatings were very brittle and could possibly crack on a flexible, fibre-based paper. Now this has been elimitated with acid inhibiting crystal, the Innova FibaPrint range is the most comprehensive offering of digital fibre-based papers on the market today.

We now have a fibre based inkjet paper that, combined with the most advanced inksets, produces outstanding images. The TIPA Award for Best Independent Inkjet Paper, and four DIMA Awards in 2007 is a measure of the rapturous response it has received from photographers worldwide.


Sheffield Park on Photo Art Album

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Photo & Art Papers – Tell us what YOU think, please

Innova paper Innova has a wide range of products. There are also competitive products. Choosing which one is important. We would like to invite you to submit your experiences in choosing the best product within Innova and Olmec – and choosing which between Innova/Olmec and compeitors such as Hahenmülhe, Ilford/Harman Graphics, Kenmere etc – as well as the printer OEM’s – Epson, HP, Canon, Kodak etc.

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