Hey everyone! I was just preparing a bunch of posts for the weeks and months to come (yes, I have lots of awesome stuff for you) and I saw that Amazon has a printer model similar to the one I use massively discounted. I personally use the Epson XP-710 model, which is an older (most likely discontinued) model, but its big brother, the XP-830 is discounted from USD 199 to just USD 99! (links used are affiliate links, at no extra cost to you!).
I use this printer (well, its little brother) exclusively with Epson Claria Inks that fit my printer. Here’s why:
- The printer takes the smooth Neenah and Simon Says Stamp heavy card stock paper that I use for Copic coloring. My Samsung laser printer and my mom’s cheaper no-name printer aren’t able to grab the paper because it is so smooth. The Epson doesn’t care, so far it worked with everything that I fed it.
- The printer takes my heavy watercolor card stock from Canson, as well as really thick Hahnemühle watercolor paper, that almost as thick as cardboard (I feed the heavy papers through the rear paper slot).
- The Claria ink works with Copics, watercolors, and pencil blending solution. I’ve never once had any issues with the ink smearing on me (I usually wait at least 5 minutes after printing before I start coloring, though). I never use cheaper ink refills as the ink is super important for good results when coloring.
Here’s a list of projects that were created with this printer, the Claria inks, and my favorite papers:
- Coloring with Inktense pencils
- Halloween Monster on Kraft
- Gardener digi
- Copics and Colored Pencils
- Polychromos and blending solution
- Watercolors and Blender pen
In all these projects (and literally every digi stamp project on my blog in the past 3 years or so), I used my Epson XP-710 printer, and Claria inks. Granted, the refill prices are not very nice and I hate that I always have to make sure that the black is filled (it won’t even print b/w if one of the color cartridges is empty), but I use this printer only for digi stamps, so I usually only have to buy refills once a year (I buy the larger cartridges).
The reason I am recommending the larger model to you and not one of the smaller ones is that I honestly don’t know if the smaller ones can handle all types of paper. Mine does, so I assume that the larger model can do so as well without any trouble. With the smaller ones, I simply can’t tell. If they use the same Claria ink, it will work with your coloring mediums, but your thicker/smoother paper might get stuck (or not). I can really only speak to the model that I have, and I’m fairly certain that the larger model (XP-830) will perform just as well as mine.
If you are looking for a great printer that will help you print your digital stamps and let you color them frustration free, give the Epson XP-830 a go!
Disclaimer: Yes, there are other printers out there that will give you the same results, no question about that. I can only speak to the model I own, and the inks that I use. You are welcome to share your own experiences in the comments below, but please keep in mind that I can’t test all different printers and inks, so I can’t make any recommendations besides the ones above.