Finding the perfect crafting printer takes a bit of detective work. Everyone has a different hobby or project that requires specific printing capabilities or paper settings and the right printer can make all the difference. Although the average printer can print photos and simple crafting projects perfectly fine, printers designed for crafting can take your greeting cards, scrapbooks and photo collages to the next level. In this short guide, we cover four of our favorite machines that deliver the goods and keep your printing budget in check, let’s get started!
Canon’s PIXMA TS9521C offers 12” x 12” borderless printing and a front and rear paper support designed for multiple paper types, making it the perfect printer option for everyday crafting projects. A 7” x 10” greeting card setting lets you create personalized holiday or birthday wishes in a few quick steps and a built-in wireless option lets you send prints directly from your smartphone. Additionally, 45 built-in printable paper patterns are easily accessible from the printer’s 4.3” color touch screen, providing colorful backgrounds for your next scrapbooking project. Five Canon ink cartridges are used with the machine, including a PGI-280 pigment black cartridge for text-based printing and four CLI-281 dye based cartridges for color prints. One of those dye cartridges is actually a second black ink cartridge that is designed to bring more depth to your photos. LD Products offers low cost compatible cartridges that are comparable to the original Canon brand, selling the compatible extra high yield PGI-280XXL ink cartridge for $11.99 and the CLI-281XXL ink cartridges for $10.99 each.
Canon PIXMA Pro-100 –$295.00 on Amazon
The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 is a perfect choice for professional photographers, producing true to life color photos in the convenience of your home studio. The printer comes with eight dye-based ink cartridges and a maximum printable width of 13”x 19”, so you can achieve incredible detail in a variety of paper sizes. A manual rear feed manages thicker page sizes like specialty photo papers and Canon’s Optimum Image Generating System ensures all of your colors remain accurate. LD Products’ compatible set of eight ink cartridges is a steal at just $51.92, or buy each CLI-42 cartridge individually at $6.49 apiece.
HP® Sprocket - $119.95 on Amazon
The HP Sprocket is a compact printer designed for social media, turning your Instagram feed into 2” x 3” photos in just a few quick taps. Instead of ink cartridges, the printer uses HP ZINK sticky-backed photo paper, a special paper that applies heat activation technology to embed ink into the page. The printer also makes a great photo booth at your next party, just download the Sprocket app and print as often as you’d like from your smartphone. ZINK paper ranges anywhere from $9.99-$24.99, depending on how many sheets you need.
Epson® Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-format Printer - $289.98 on Amazon
The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 another great introductory photo printer that’s capable of wide format prints, allowing for high quality photos with just six ink cartridges. The printer is perfect for DIY projects and professional photo shoots, printing a variety of high quality borderless photo sizes, including 4″x 6″, 12″x 12″ and 13″x 19″. An easy to use wireless setup makes printing from your smartphone easy and a 50-sheet rear tray is optimized for specialty media like card stock and other fine art papers. An original Epson 312XL high yield black cartridge goes for $18.99 and offers a yield of 500 pages. Each high yield color cartridge is sold for $21.99 at a yield of 500 pages. LD brand compatible cartridges will be coming soon!
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices on www.LDProducts.com and OEM cartridge and printer prices from the listed retailers: Amazon and Staples. All prices effective as of October 30, 2018. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.