This is the third post in our ongoing series about online vendors through whom you can have custom print-on-demand holiday cards printed. Today we’re looking at Cardstore.com, an online greeting card company.

Cardstore.com

Cardstore’s core business is greeting cards, and they have hundreds (maybe thousands) of designs from which to choose. They also offer blank cards (something Shutterfly also offers; TinyPrints does not.) Blanks are available in both single-photo and collage formats.

One thing I really like about Cardstore’s photo card designs is that many of their photo card designs are designed for 5X7″ photos, with a small greeting fixed atop it. On my Christmas cards, I prefer that the photo be the center of attention, not the design. Cardstore delivers.

Cardstore also offers single 3X5″ notecards for sale. Most places require that notecards be purchased in sets.

Cardstore has one unique offering that is sure to appeal to crafters and scrapbookers: cards that sell with kits with which you can embellish the cards. Each accent kit includes stamping, gems, felt, or glitter supplies for 24 cards:


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Quality
Great! Cards are custom printed on high-quality, 130 lb matte recycled cardstock. The printing quality is first-rate and the designs are elegant and distinctive.

Auto-Mailing
Cardstore offers auto-mailing, and it’ll only cost you the price of a stamp.

Pricing
The price for 5″X7″ folded cards starts at $2.79, 20 per card less than Shutterfly, but Shutterfly has better quantity discounts:

Quantity 1-9 10-19 20-49 50-99 100+
5 x 7 Folded Cards $2.79 $2.39 $1.99 $1.79 $1.69
5 x 7 Flat Cards $2.39 $1.99 $1.59 $1.39 $1.29
4 x 8 Flat Cards $1.89 $1.69 $1.49 $1.29 $1.19
4.75 x 4.75 Folded Cards $2.69 $2.29 $1.89 $1.69 $1.59
4.75 x 4.75 Flat Cards $2.29 $1.89 $1.49 $1.29 $1.19
3.75 x 5.25 Folded Cards $2.19 $1.89 $1.49 $1.29 $1.19
3.75 x 5.25 Flat Cards $1.49 $1.29 $0.99 $0.89 $0.79
7 x 5 Postcard $1.29 $1.29 $1.19 $1.09 $0.99
6 x 4.25 Postcard $0.99 $0.99 $0.89 $0.89 $0.79
6 x 4.25 Rounded Flat $0.99 $0.99 $0.89 $0.89 $0.79

Choice of Finish?
Greeting cards are available only in a matte finish.

Production & Delivery Speed
Cards are shipped within two days.

Other Products
“Pet Cards” are business cards for your pets. However, only dog designs are available. That’s too bad; I would have ordered some.

User Experience
Basically, browsing and searching is easy. However, the browse feature does not have multi-variant filtering. You navigate by a left sidebar with links to various card categories. Once you’re in a category, you can filter down by, say, color or card format, but not both, as you can with TinyPrints. When categories have over 500 designs from which to pick, browsing becomes cumbersome.

They could also benefit from an option offered by TinyPrints: a single click to put a card aside in a “tray” while you browse through hundreds of card designs, so that you can set your faves aside and review the ones you liked when you’re done browsing.

Also, they won’t let you design a card with an image they deem to be of insufficient resolution. That wouldn’t be so bad but for the fact that when you try to place a low res image in the card design, it won’t let you, and there is no error messaging to tell you why (so you assume the site is buggy). I’m sure more than a few users would get frustrated at this.

Overall
Because they have so many designs available, Cardstore merits consideration anytime you want to send a professionally designed card. Cardstore’s embellishment card sets are a unique offering I really like.

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Special Cardstore Deals

  • For up to 15% off on Holiday Cards, use coupon code MERRY15 at checkout.
  • Free shipping on orders over $50, use coupon code HOLIDAYSHIP at checkout.