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Old 12-15-2015, 04:52 AM   #1  
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Hi,
I have read through the *looking for laser printer* threads quite a bit, but would really love to know how badly your laser printer curls cardstock?

I use a few different brands of paper (so far!LOL) and they are all about the same weight; 80 lbs, but unsure of the gsm.

They curl so badly that I could not make a *card* from them.
I will make cut out shapes for foiling, but wonder if anyone has a laser printer where it doesn't curl the paper much?

I know I am not alone wishing that a company would produce a laser printer with a straight feed from the back (or front, just straight path) considering all the foiling and mixed media techniques so many of us enjoy :/.

Thank you for any help or feedback!

Oh, I have a Brother DCP-L2540DW that does a great job with ink...even copies metal dies to make foiled borders like Becca Freeken (sp?) shows on Youtube LOL.

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Here is a link to Beccas' video in case it isn't posted here somewhere LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAicoQBRt5Q
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Craftwise-- Brother does make a laser printer with a straight-thru feed path. It's the Brother HL-L2340DW. I've seen it recommended for foiling purposes by a couple of well-known crafters on youtube.
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I have the brother recommended by Jennifer McGuire. Its an HL22....something and I do not find that it curls cardstock at all.
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Thank you so much!
I am sorry I did not get back here sooner.
I am going to see if I can return the one I have, but not holding hope, it's been so long.

I LOVE the idea of this printer...exactly what I want, except the only big problem is that I really want one that copies.

I want to use my stamps...stamp in black ink then copy with laser and then foil.

So, my brain is trying to figure a way to use my stamps without a copier :/
I do have another scanner...so trying to think if I can stamp, scan to computer, then print to laser printer?

A LOT of steps LOL.

If anyone can help me think this through I would greatly appreciate it!
In the meantime, I am trying to get this printer! LOL

So thank you! When I called Brother they told me there were NO rear feed or straight feed laser printers other than a $5k commercial one LOL.

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Thank you sprtchich

Do you use heavy cardstock? I like to use say...SU cardstock and Gina K.

It's fairly thick, nothing like the Georgia Pacific from Walmart. The printer I have won't even do the WM cardstock without major curling

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I use every company cardstock! I buy from nearly everywhere.
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I also have a Brothers HL 2240 laser printer and it has a one sheet front to back paper path so it doesn't curl the cardstock. There is also a paper tray for regular weight copy paper .

Before I bought it I took several brands and weights of CS to the store to try them . All worked with no curling. I even took Gina K's 110# CS . That stuff is so heavy you can make boxes from it and it went through the printer just fine .

I don't know if they still sell the HL 2240 Laser printer . I found it by calling Brothers and told the man what I wanted . He recommended this printer . I bought it at Office Depot for a great sale price of $50 .

Call Brothers for a pre-purchase recommendation . They are very helpful
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I think mine is HL2270 . I got mine doing a search on line. It also was only 50 or 75.00. It has a straight thru path same as Barbaras.
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I paid $50 for it from Office Depot when it was on sale. Simple black only printers are not expensive if you watch for the sales.

The two best times to buy a printer or copy paper are during Tax season and in August for the back to school sales . Every few years I buy a case of Hammermill 20 lb. copy paper. That paper never jams .
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Hi,
Thank you all for these recommendations! Every one of them will work it seems

I can't return the one I have, been too long . So I am going to have to sell it before I can get another one.

I *think* I can stamp an image, scan it to my computer then print it on one of these laser printers, right? Is that the best way to get a stamped image to one of these straight feed printers?

(I have another printer with scanner, plus I think I am getting the new brother scan n cut and believe I can save a scanned image to my computer with that as well.

One thing I want to do is use thick cs as base and do foiling on the front, single layer. Then fold it as a card. Can't do that with the one I have now.

Thanks again, one way or another I want one of these! LOL
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If you're looking for a budget-wise easy solution, turn your iron on to medium, cover the curled cardstock with another sheet of paper and press. Be sure to set the steam to OFF.
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Those of you that have a brother printer and do foiling, have you tried the PulsarProFX/DecalPro foil? I'm just wondering if that combo works well. I've heard mixed opinions.
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I saw a video in which a woman was using toner powder with her stamps; I can't remember if she used Versamark to stamp then covered the stamped image with toner powder or if she used another medium but that was her solution to stamping and foiling.

I also have a Brothers printer that has a front feed for single sheets and they come out the back without curling the paper.
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