Thursday, November 4, 2010

Simplecard: Custom Cards

I am so proud of myself for actually getting Lil Pumpkin's birth announcement done before she is even 2 weeks old! Of course, it wouldn't have been possible if Simplecard didn't ask me to do a review of their custom greeting cards and postcards.

What's Simplecard?

Simplecard is a custom greeting card site that makes creating or personalizing postcards/greeting cards easy. Simplecard is a division of Modern Postcard.

Card sizes include:

    * Flat postcard, 4.25’ x 5.7”
    * Greeting card that folds to 4.25” x 5.7”
    * Flat Deluxe postcard, 8.5” x 5.7”
    * Deluxe greeting card that folds to 8.5” x 5.7”

What kind of paper and print quality do they offer?

Simplecard uses:

    * Environmentally responsible card stock, 100% SFI certified
    * State-of-the-art printing press for unrivaled color accuracy
    * UV coating protects color images and adds a sheen

What I Thought:

As a digital scrapbooker, I knew that I would be designing my own baby announcement. If you aren't a digital scrapbooker, there are many template options available that you can upload a photo and insert into the template. In fact, you don't even have to make a photo card---there are pre-made cards for the holidays, moving, save the date, etc. that you can personalize.

I thought that the process of creating the card on the website was easy to do. Once I picked my template, I uploaded my jpeg image and could see right away what the card looked like. I had the option of changing fonts and adding addition photo(s) to the inside of my greeting card and the back. After ordering, I was pleased at how quickly the order arrived. My set of 25 cards came with envelopes in great condition. The color on the cards matched pretty well to what I saw on my monitor when creating the card. Each card is printed on cardstock and has a glossy coating.

For the most part I was very pleased with Simplecard. It lives up to its name--the site makes creating cards simple. I think that by adding a few more non-clipartish options (my preference are templates that look more like real scrapbook pages) and having spec. templates geared toward digital scrapbookers not just graphic designers, would be a welcome improvement  (spec. templates for creating your own designs in PSE would be nice). Overall, I am very happy with my cards and can't wait to mail them out to family and friends.

Disclosure: I received a set of cards from Simplecard for review purposes only. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Blogger Jolanthe said...

SO CUTE!!! :)

November 9, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

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