Thursday, 8 June 2017

Frequently asked questions ...

I have been receiving quite a lot of questions from friends and followers on my blog again, so I thought I would resurrect my 'Frequently asked questions' series in order to answer some of them.


Today I am going to answer:

"What printer do you use?"

I use a Canon PIXMA MG5450 printer, I would say it is a mid range and retails at about £60.   I chose this one because it uses separate ink cartridges, I think this is better when you are printing lots of coloured pages - you always end up using more of one colour than others.



I always use genuine Canon ink, it is quick and easy to change the ink cartridges with no mess at all.   I tend to buy in bulk when I see a good price somewhere, our local Tesco quite often have BOGOF offers and Amazon can be very reasonable.

My printer will feed 300gsm card stock without any problems, I think I have probably used even thicker on occasion.  It will also feed cut out shapes like card blanks and die cuts - I just attach them to a piece of copy paper with some double sided tape and carefully peel them off when they have printed.  If there is a problem and I get a paper jam, it is really easy to just remove a panel at the back of the printer and remove the offending item.

I think that the paper you use is more important than the printer though and would recommend that you check out my blog post HERE  where I answer the question "What paper do you use for printing?"

I hope you find this information useful and that I have managed to answer some of the questions that I have received. I would just like to say that I am NOT recommending these products, I am only letting you know what I use.

Pauline
x

16 comments:

Janice said...

I too have a Pixma printer Pauline, a slightly different model to yours. It's perfect for printing on card which I love.
Great tip for printing directly onto card blanks, thank you!
Janice x

Pamela said...

I too have a Canon Pixma printer - MG 5550. I use Canon ink cartridges and buy mine online from Cartridge People. They sell the XL size cartridges and also a saver pack with all the colours. I also go through TopCashBack and get money back from my order.

Sylviahobbycards said...

I think I have the same brand, But the cartridges are very fast empty.Thank you for sharing.Have a nice day.

Gr, Sylvia x

nwilliams6 said...

Super way to share info! Hugz

Daffodil Cards said...

Great info Pauline, can you tell me? does it do custom sizes? I have an HP, which does custom sizes, but I can't print more than 225grm card on it. I think a lot of us crafters would like a machine that does at least 300grm and custom sizes, the companies would do great business with us LOL.
Faith
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Wendy Johnson said...

Hi Pauline. I too have a Canon Pixma printer but it isn't made anymore and it feeds any type of paper/card that I put into it (even 350gsm). It's a rear feed and Canon seem to be stopping production of them. We've got an expensive rear feed Epson at work but it won't take even 200gsm card and jams. I use Stinky Ink (online) to buy my inks, which are compatibles, and I did a test with the genuines but could hardly see any difference. If all us crafters wrote to Canon, they might start making more rear feed crafting printers!!!

scrAPpamondo said...

Thanks for the answers at the FAQ, your printed design papers and images are always fabulous!

Olga Fink said...

I also have a CANON printer and I am very happy with it!
xoxo Olga

Margarets designer cards said...

I have a Cannon printer, my second and would recommend them, the ink lasts a long time and is a bit cheaper than some. I always use proper cannon ink.

Sue B said...

Hi Pauline, I have this printer too!!! I really love it. It takes my 300gsm card ok and prints beautifully on photo paper too. It's economical with the ink, so a great all rounder for crafty projects.
Love Sue B Xxx

Fiki said...

thank you for this inforamtions!

Anne said...

Very useful post Pauline, I have a HP printer which is great but it doesn't take card so have been thinking of changing it. Canon does seem a popular choice so I'll refer back to this when I get one.

Anne x

Debbie said...

Sorry to jump in here but in answer to your question yes they will print custom sizes 😊
Debbie x

Debbie said...

Oh no I hope they don't stop producing rear feed as paper / card goes through printers much better that are rear feed and I do love my Canon printers.
Debbie x

Debbie said...

Canon's are excellent printers and seems very popular with crafter's as they will take the heavier card. I too have a Canon and would highly recommend one to anyone, the print quality is fantastic providing your using a good quality card stock whether using originals inks or compatibles.
Debbie x

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing, often wondered never asked. Your papers always look so beautiful that you print, mine not so much............

hugs
Sue