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Printing on Textured Paper

A while back, I shared a hybrid scrapbook page with a digital design printed on textured paper (in this post) which prompted the following question from Kelleigh:

I have a question, though. You printed your layout onto textured cardstock, right? Was there anything special about your textured cardstock, or is it just the regular stuff you can pick up at your scrapbooking store? I would love to print on textured, but I didn’t think anyone did that . . . Free me from my rut!

This is a great question, so I thought I’d share my answer here, in case someone else is also wondering :).

Vera Lim’s A Little Magic Vol 2 printed on Canson paper:
Printing on Textured Cardstock

There are a few things to consider when printing on textured paper:
1) It is very important to check your printer manual about what types of papers to use. I use and Epson printer, and the manual is very clear that you should NOT use non-Epson papers and inks because they might ruin the printer. BUT, since my printer is old (the warranty is long since expired) and I really wanted to try it, I did. You should just be aware and proceed with caution ;).
2) Colors will not be as bright and/or accurate when printing on non-photo papers. So remember that when you are planning your project. If you are looking for a bright, vibrant print, photo papers are a better option.
3) Text will not print as clearly on textured cardstock. Probably not the best choice for long, heart-felt journaling in a small sized font ;).
That being said, I still love the look of printing on textured paper!! I like the worn “shabby” look, and it just adds that little extra something :)! It is just not for every project, so it’s good to keep those tips in mind when deciding if textured is the way to go :).

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8 responses to “Printing on Textured Paper

  1. JanMary, N Ireland March 3, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Just started printing on cardstock for some of my hybrid cards, and I love the effect.

  2. Kelleigh March 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Great close-up picture. Gives me a better idea of what it looks like! Man, I can’t wait to try this! Can you believe that I still haven’t?

  3. {ann} March 4, 2008 at 7:40 am

    I print on anything and everything. I, too, have an epson. For varied effects, try changing the quality of print (draft, good, better, best, etc.) On vellum, draft works well because it lays down less ink and is less likely to smear while printing. On more porous paper, a better quality of print will put down more ink for better brightness. While it is true that photos print better on paper made for the printer’s ink, other photo papers can give interesting results! Be free! Play!

  4. Kelleigh March 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I finally did it! Love the result, but I don’t know if you can REALLY tell. Maybe if I sanded it a bit. Anyway, it made me want to do it again! Check it out here:
    (I printed the green background paper on white textured. Wraps all the way around where I printed the green again!) Makes me wish I had a 12×12 printer!

  5. bonky May 5, 2008 at 11:34 am

    i insterested about printing and This blog is pretty interesting, will add a bookmark, thanks.

  6. Joyce Garrison January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Which Epson printer are you using??????????? My problem is getting the textured cardstock to feed through the printers…………

    • Jess January 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Joyce!

      At the time I wrote the blog post about printing on textured paper, I was using the Epson stylus photo printer 1280. I had that printer for several years, then it got old and I wanted a printer with separate ink cartridges. So now I have the Epson Artisan 50, but I have not tried printing on textured paper with it yet. Hope this helps!

  7. Dean Miller January 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I am curious to know if your Epson artisan 50 works with textured material or not. I’m also wondering if anybody has tried printing on birch bark paper.

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