Home Printers That Will Handle Card Stock

By Marlene Inglis

As have consumers become more creative with their printing styles, manufacturers have had to develop printers that accommodate a variety of paper types from standard letter size paper to glossy and card stock paper. Card stock is paper that is thicker and heavier than the regular paper used for printing and comes in a wide range of colors, textures and weights. There are several printers that are designed for printing card stock.

HP Photosmart Inkjet 8000

This Hewlett Packard 6-ink color printer has an automatic paper-type sensor which detects and then selects the print settings in your printer for that media. There is a small paper cassette for inserting paper for printing 4 inch by 6 inch color photos and the large paper tray can accommodate 100 sheets of paper. This printer can also print transparencies, card stock, labels, index and greeting cards and iron-on transfers. It also has an opening for one USB port, a PictBridge which allows printing to be done directly from a digital camera to a printer without a computer, and four memory card slots.

Canon Pixma iP3500

Weighing around 11 pounds, this inkjet printer has a fast print speed, low ink consumption and is easy to use. The three colors plus a black pigment produce high resolution and crisp and clean laser-like photos on card stock. It has a two way paper feed and card stock paper is usually fed from the back tray. You can print pictures directly from your infrared-enabled camera phone on this printer. It has a USB port and a PictBridge connection. It is useful for printing CD covers, photos and frames for pictures.

HP LaserJet All-In-One Laser Printer (CM1312NFI)

Print, copy, fax and scan with this multi-purpose color laser printer. Its compact size requires a sturdy desk since it weighs about 54 lbs. The built-in photo card slots make it easy to create high-quality pictures. This printer allows you to use glossy paper, color paper, pre-punched paper, transparencies, labels and envelopes. Printing on card stock is clean and legible. It has a 150 sheet paper tray and its 20-page automatic document feeder is ideal for multi-page copying.

Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Ink Jet Printer

This six color printer has auto color and lighting correction; its smudge, water, scratch and fade resistant prints are ideal for card stock. You can place your CD/DVD onto the special CD print tray that is inserted in the opening on the front of the printer and the album cover of each CD/DVD can be professionally printed and attached to your media. Its high-speed printing produces professional looking 4 inch by 6 inch as well as 13 inch by 19 inch borderless prints.