How to Copy on Cardstock

by Nannette Richford ; Updated September 26, 2017

For times when plain paper copies simply aren't durable enough, copying your image directly onto card stock may be the best solution. With basic knowledge of your specific photocopier, you can easily copy an image from plain paper to card stock. Although there are some differences among copiers, such as the orientation of the paper or the location of the paper bypass tray, the basic principles are the same.

Open the cover to the copier and place the image to be copied face down on the glass. Follow the instructions on the copier for proper paper orientation and placement. Close the cover.

Select "paper bypass" in the menu display. This is typically located on the top of the copier near the front.

Locate the paper bypass tray. This tray is generally placed at the end of the copier to your right. If you are unsure, refer to the operator's manual or refer to the diagram for parts of the copier. This is typically located inside the panel on the left-hand side of the copier, but may be inside the front panel.

Insert one sheet of card stock into the bypass tray. Although some models will automatically feed a stack of heavy paper from the bypass tray, feeding heavyweight paper manually prevents paper jams and may be necessary on some models.

Press the "copy" button. The copier will then feed the card stock into the machine and make the requested copy.

Remove the printed card stock from the catch tray. The catch tray is the tray that holds papers as they are ejected from the copier.

Add new pieces of card stock to the bypass tray and press "copy" to make additional copies.

Repeat until you have made the number of copies you desire.

Remove the original image from the glass.

About the Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.

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