What type of printer do you recommend for printing greeting cards?


I a working on a number of projects that I will design and frame along with a bunch of greeting cards. What is the best printer to buy for printing greeting cards?

I was looking at the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Inkjet Printer. Is an inkjet or laser printer better? I've read a lot of pros and cons on each. I'm looking for a printer with full bleed and preferably large prints as well.

I need to print a lot and a laser printer is great for printing large quantities, but are also more likely to curl the paper due to more heat than the inkjet. But the inkjet I've read is better for true color.

Not sure which is better or which brand and style to go with.

10/28/2014 5:41:00 PM

I'm a huge fan of the Epson printers but the printer you have chosen would seem ideal for photos. You would get better prints since it is 6 colors (CMYK LC LM) though if that is the route you want. As a recommendation there are a couple of options:

Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer

I've used an Epson WorkForce 1100 Inkjet Printer that is converted over to platemaker and have had fantastic results with my plates. Before I converted it fully to a plate maker I would run small business cards but that was at an 80lb. card stock and some suggest no less than 100lb. for invitations. Since the 1100 is disconnected they do suggest the Artisan 1430 now.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

The next printer I've heard good reviews about on a few forums but I've never used one so I will search for the articles on the Canon PIXMA PRO. This was the article: "Question: What is the best printer to print invitations?". After a search I added for the current model but you might find the reviews helpful: "Best Printer For Invitations and Cards of 2014"


If those two dont help and you want to go full throttle you could always browse machineseeker for used machines.

A couple of notes:

I debated getting into printing at home but after looking at the overheard for machines I did not see a cost effective route so I would suggest before you make the jump get some price quotes because you can find it will cost you more than just simply sub-contracting out the work.

If you decide you are getting a printer I would HIGHLY recommend you calibrate you printer, monitor and computer with something like the i1Display Pro. X-rite is the manufacture and they do make cheaper alternatives but for what you are doing I would not suggest getting anything other than the i1Display Pro.

Like most printing you will need a cutter... dont scrimp and get a cheap manual that does roughly 15 sheets because you will find around the last 5 are off. Get a good mid level one such as the Spartan 150 SA.

If neither the printers work for you, make sure you get a rear feed printer since it is better on the card stock.

Keep in mind the humidity and the temperature you are printing in. Paper tends to absorb moisture so if you feed paper through a laser printer it causes a curl on the ends when completed.

Please note unless you plan on spending top dollar or have a large amount of time on your hands it will not be cost effective to get into printing yourself. The market is very saturated and very competitive and the margins for profit are slim to none. I would suggest for you to find a good quality printer if you are talking about a couple of small runs a month. Every printer should provide samples so critique them with a fine tooth comb. DO NOT get the prints mailed to your client, get them mailed to you for review and look at every order.

6/4/2015 1:44:00 PM