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Creative Label Concepts would like to share with you some of the knowledge and printing tips we’ve acquired over time to help you succeed in formatting and printing your inkjet or laser labels, tags, business cards and notecards. Please read the following tips and instructions thoroughly and save them for future reference.


 - Upon receiving your order, you should allow a day or so for your labels to acclimate to the environment  in which they will be used.

 - Best storage conditions for label and tag products are between 70-80 degrees F, with 50% relative humidity.                                     

 - Handle the material on the edges so you do not get oils from your skin (which interfere with printing) on the surface.



 - Always begin with the plain white paper, normal settings and a moderate resolution on your printer. Higher resolutions can lead to over saturation of ink on the label or tag sheets.

 - Allow ink to dry before stacking or handling (most will dry within seconds).

 - Many printers have different product type settings, you should choose glossy if your label surface is glossy, transparent if your label surface is clear, etc. If you are not getting the result you want on a normal paper setting, you can experiment with this feature.

  - Templates are guidelines only, and every printer will feed the sheet slightly different. You should expect to have to make minor adjustments prior to printing.

 - Before loading, fan the label or tag sheets to separate and put air between each sheet to aid in proper sheet feeding. If curl is evident, gently bend the sheet back in the opposite direction of the curl to help straighten the sheets prior to printing. Load labels according to your printer’s owner manual - for labels and tags, this is typically a manual feed tray (the straightest path through the printer).

 - After printing perforated or micro-nikked card products - gently bend back and forth along perforation until the business cards or tags snap apart easily. For die-cut tag products, simply lift tag from backing after printing.



- As you work with your label or tag sheets and with various programs available to format your designs for these types of sheets, we want to give you a couple quick tips on rulers & measurements.

- There are 16 lines to an inch on most rulers, if a label sheet margin is measuring at 3 of the 16 lines, then it is 3/16 of an inch. Most programs require the decimal value during template set-up. You can calculate this easily: 3 divided by 16. Using a calculator, you will find 3 divided by 16 equals .1875. Knowing this one key conversion method can make a big difference in your label printing success. To make it a bit easier for you, we’ve included a conversion chart:


1/16 = .0625


2/16 = 1/8 =.125


3/16 = .1875


4/16 = 1/4 = .25


5/16 = .3125


6/16 = 3/8 =.375


7/16 = .4375


8/16 = 1/2 = .5


9/16 = .5625


10/16 = 5/8 = .625


11/16 = .6875


12/16 = 3/4 = .75


13/16 = .8125


14/16 = 7/8 = .875


15/16 = .9375




 - Store any unused label or card stock sheets in the original plastic sleeve and in a cool, dry place to avoid humidity.

 - Again, best storage conditions for label and card stock products are between 70-80 degrees F, with 50% relative humidity.

 - If needed, put a weight on the material to keep it flat, but do not crush edges.


Smear Resistance:

 - Krylon’s Preserve It®  (a paper preservation spray) can be applied for short-term smear, moisture and scuff resistance on most non-waterproof inkjet materials.

 - Always test small amount prior to applying to entire batch.

 - Krylon’s® can usually be purchased at a local craft store. Please read product label prior to using.



 - All adhesives are permanent unless noted that it is “removable” or “repositionable”.

 - It is important to make sure the surface you are wishing to apply a label to is appropriate. Make sure the item is room temperature, free of dust and dirt and has a smooth surface.

 - Always pre-test the material for adhesive compatibility prior to purchasing large amounts.


Water-resistant inkjet Materials

 - Water-resistant inkjet vinyl is manufactured with a top-coating made to lock in ink.

 - If you use a high printing resolution, you will put too much ink on the material and the ink may over saturate the top-coating. When the labels get wet, the ink that couldn’t be absorbed into the top-coating may run on the sheet.

 - To resolve this, you can use a lower printing resolution which reduces the dots per inch, or you can rinse the label sheets under running water after printing.



 - If label or card stock sheets jam in your printer, please make sure the sheets are flat and/or try sending through fewer sheets at one time.

 - Lower cost inkjet printers have simple feed systems that may require feeding one sheet at a time.

 - Top feeding inkjet printers may require extra focus and assistance to make sheets feed straight down.

 - If the sheets jam in the bottom-feeding inkjets, you may have to adjust the paper guides or send through the manual feed tray.

 - You may also need to clean your printer from any dirt or dust that collects on the print rollers and trays over time, as this can also cause jamming issues.