HP Printer Ink Challenge: Creative Projects
I’m writing this post as part of my participation in the HP Printer Ink Challenge. You can read more about my adventures in inkology here!
One of the really fun parts of this challenge is trying some new creative projects each week. Since my photos live on the computer and rarely on paper, it has been fun to print some of our favorite photos to hang up and pass around.
This last week I was challenged to play with some creative projects that HP provides all of us for free!
First I was asked to go to the HP Facebook page and select a creative project. I printed out some Kung Fu Panda 2 I-Spy sheets. Of course, I printed one off of my Genuine Hp Ink Printer, and one off of the refill ink printer. Surprisingly, I was not able to tell the difference between the two. (All of the photos that I have printed this week hand banding on the refill prints.) The kids enjoyed the puzzle sheets for some after dinner family time.
I was also asked to print a creative activity or two from the HP Creative studio website. There are so many projects available that I got lost for a few hours just clicking through project after project. I finally settled on the Color Puzzle Blocks for the twins to use for Tot School. I figured that the bright, vibrbant colors would be easy to spot differences, and since I had to print two sets, each girl would have her own set of color blocks.
They turned out looking great on both printers. I did not notice any streaking, sharpness or color differences, though the refill ink yellow was a little browner than the HP yellow. (Since the refill ink is printing so close to the HP Ink, I’m curious how yield will compare. I have had to run a print head cleaning on my refill cartridge, my original ink cartridge has needed no maintenance.)
I love these blocks and I think they will be a great game for teaching the girls color. However, even thick HP brochure paper is no match for my twins who immediately wanted to crumple the blocks. Those blocks took me way too long to cut out and assemble to see them crushed in two minutes! They are on a shelf for now. I plan to purchase some wood blocks from Hobby Lobby and decoupaging the graphics onto them…watch for an update!
If you have never been to the HP Create website, you need to go. . .now! Most of the projects are free and there is something for everyone, from party decorations, to birthday cards, to stationary to toys, teaching aids, business forms, home decor. . .seriously, check it out! All you need is a color printer! Need one? Ask me which one I would recommend!
Keep watching for more of my adventures in ink!