How to Choose a Holiday Card

How to Choose a Holiday Photo Card that you Love!

The holidays are a special time of year to reconnect with family and friends near and far. In the US, photo cards have become increasingly popular over the past 10 years. Even with social media and pics posted daily, the tradition of holiday cards remains strong.

You spend a lot of time and thought choosing the right photo (s) for your card. I remember thinking many times as our family posed for a pic “Will this be our Christmas card pic?” I also skipped the entire process a few years if I did not have a great photo. So let’s assume that you have a pic that you are really excited about and you are ready to choose a card. There are many options in your local city and online. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing the perfect holiday card:

Photo Card Design

The design of the card is the most important key to consider. You have a great photo so make sure the card highlights your photo. The design of the card should complement the pic and not be the focal point. I have received cards where the photo was inserted into a box on the card and the photo was not sized correctly, so the people are unrecognizable. Again, choose a card that makes your photo look the best it can be.

Holiday cards can be purchased from local designers or websites each offering their unique designs. A great reason to Buy Local is that a local designer will let you know if anyone else in your area has purchased the card to avoid duplicates. A good designer won’t sell the same design to two friends.

The Card Stock -The heavier the better.

Photo cards should be printed on 100lb or heavier stock. Choose matte, shimmer, die cut edges, flat, fold-over; the options are endless but the most important is choosing a nice heavyweight stock.

Printing

Determine which type of printer is used by your designer. There is a huge difference. Choose a designer that has the card printed on a professional grade printer, not a home ink jet printer.

Photo

The photo should be at set to at least 300dpi. Save as a jpg or png file. Your designer will have specific requirements but a good start is to have the highest resolution photo possible.

 

When comparing designers:

  • Do they offer special services? Free shipping, return address printing, envelope design, etc
  • Are there quantity discounts? Usually orders over 50 cards will receive a quantity discount.
  • What is the turnaround time? Usually 3—5 business days – the earlier you order, the better.
  • Are there special offers for ordering early?

These are just a few suggestions to consider when choosing where to purchase your holiday card from. At Lafayette Papers, our goal is to create a card that highlights your photos with a festive design printed on high quality card stocks. Each card is unique to the customer.

 

How does Lafayette Papers answer the criteria above?

Photo Card Design

Lafayette Papers Custom Holiday Photo Cards
Custom Photo Cards from Lafayette Papers.

Lafayette Papers will design your card after we receive your photos. We design to highlight your photo and the card design enhances your photos even more. No two cards are alike.

The Card Stock -The heavier the better.

We print on a 110lb smooth white or a 120lb eggshell. Both are heavy weight stocks. We also offer metallic stocks and a large assortment of colored envelopes. Envelopes can also be designed to complement the card.

Printing

Our cards are printed by a STATIONERY fulfillment company on a HP Indigo Press. ALL they do is print stationery. I love the quality of their products.

Photo

The photo should be at set to at least 300dpi. Save as a jpg or png file. The higher resolution, the better.

Special Services from Lafayette Papers

  • Free shipping
  • Free return address printing until November 15, 2018,
  • Envelope design
  • Turnaround time? Usually 3—5 business days – the earlier you order, the better.
  • Order deadline is December 10, 2018

Contact us to send us your pics and start designing.

Email: lphillips@2520lafayette.com  |  www.lafayettepapers.com

Holiday Photo Cards
Custom Holiday Photo Cards designed to highlight Your photos!