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    Has anyone tried printing directly on card stock, as opposed to printing on paper and glueing that to card stock?
    Is it feasible?

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    Might depend on the printer, but yes. Most printers can handle heavier paper, and some are okay with card stock (for best luck, you want fewer turns in the paper path. That might mean using the multi-purpose tray in front on laser printers.)

    I was successful printing onto very thin balsa wood for a wood sign. The trick was printing first on a piece of paper, then cutting out a small piece of the balsa wood and taping that to the paper so it covers the sign on that page, then printing it again to that sheet. The same method can be used for other heavy papers and for decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilleyen View Post
    Has anyone tried printing directly on card stock
    Agree with @Ender.

    To clarify: Is it safe to assume you are talking about heavier stock paper? Around 45lb+ weight as opposed to copy paper around 20lb weight.
    (Sometimes people use various terms for types of paper. I know some folks use the term card stock for matte board, used in mattes in picture framing.)

    I have used heavier weighted cardstock in inkjet printers for years. It is more likely to get jammed if it has to curve around a roller sharply but it can be done. I might recommend checking the printer's capacity just to save frustration.
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