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PRINT-YOUR-OWN BADGE BUDDIES - Guidelines

 
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Here are your free templates to print-your-own Badge Buddies. To ensure accurate printing of your Badge Buddies, please follow these guidelines:

Printer Compatibility

  • Use an ink-jet or color laser printer. Printers with straight-through paper paths work best. You may need to use the manual sheet feeder.
  • Ink-jet printers using pigment ink, such as Epson® DURABrite™ work best and give the brightest color.
  • For ink-jet printers, set media type to "Plain Paper" and quality to "Photo" for best results. If your printer has a "Thick Paper and Envelope" setting, you should activate it. 

Before You Start (please read)

  • Our testing and development was done using the Epson line of printers. Your results may vary depending on your printer and settings. Always test a sheet first and make any necessary adjustments to margins, settings, etc. prior to batch printing.
  • Depending on your printer, it may be necessary to set the paper dimensions of the card stock in your printer properties. Dimensions for horizontal: 4.5" x 8.25". Dimensions for vertical: 5.625" x 8.25".
  • These Badge Buddies are designed to be used with slotted credit card size ID cards. The cards will hang into the color bar by approximately 3/8". Be certain that the text does not go to the top of the color bar or it will be partially covered by the ID card. 
  • Do not attempt to print cards one-at-a-time. Re-inserting the card stock into the printer with one card removed will most likely cause the printer to jam.

Inserting Into Printer

Insert your Badge Buddies card stock into the printer in the same direction that you insert envelopes.

Horizontal Badge Buddies
The two die-cut Badge Buddies inserts are designed to be printed at the same time. Insert the sheet into the printer with the short margin first and the slots of the Badge Buddies at the top. Set printer orientation to "Portrait."

 Insert your horizontal Badge Buddies stock into the printer this way.
   

Vertical Badge Buddies
Insert your Badge Buddies sheet into the printer with the short margin first and the slots to the left. Set printer orientation to "Landscape."

 Insert your vertical Badge Buddies stock into the printer this way.

Lamination

After printing, carefully tear out each insert and place inside the matching wrapped edge pouch, lining up the slots. Laminate at 270-290 degrees F. If warping or bubbling occurs, the laminator is too hot. Decrease the heat. If areas are not well laminated, or colors are dull, the laminator is too cold. Raise the heat slowly.(Consider using IDenticard's Temperature Strips to regulate your laminator's temperature.)




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