"I always order our Christmas cards through Shutterfly but was so excited to see a Christmas card that doubles as an ornament. The cards are on very thick cardstock and are shaped like snowflakes. You can choose a picture and wording for both the front and the back. The cards come with a hole punched in the top of the card as well as gray ribbons to place through that hole for hanging the ornament/card. The size of the card is 6x6 I believe. If you get the square envelopes it will cost extra postage to mail them. Shutterfly gives you the option of a rectangle envelope which will cost just the regular price to mail so just be sure to click on that option when it comes to the envelope part of the editing. One thing I love about Shutterfly is that their color calibration on their photos cards and other items are always nice and consistent which I haven't found to be the case with other companies. Several times during the Christmas season Shutterfly offers 10 free cards when you only have to pay shipping. I designed my card ahead of time so that I am able to get free cards each time they are offered. All in all a great product!"
"We chose this card due to the fact that it did not look like a traditional holiday card. Additionally, the year was quite eventful for us; and, as a result, we had several pictures we wanted to include to help recap the year. This particular card enabled us to include six photos on the front and one photo on the back. (I think you can use up to eight photos on the front though.) Keep in mind that you may need to do a bit of cropping when placing photos on the front of the card. This is because the template for the holiday card won't accept photos done in landscape format (ie, rectangular photos) but it is easy to use the photo editing feature in Shutterfly to do the cropping. Also note that any text on your chosen photos probably won't be readable on the printed card. Thus, plan to put your captions elsewhere. There's also room on the front of the card for a special message. My suggestion here is to go to a smaller sized font as the default size will not allow you to say much on this part of the card. Another key feature of this card - which is an improvement from previous years - is that you are able to include one photo on the back. There's also a fairly large text box here as well and this is the area where we placed a more detailed message along with captions for photos shown on the front of the card. Overall we were pleased with the entire "creative" process. Designing the card was simple; the Shutterfly service was fast; the price was right; the card stock was high quality; and we were all happy with the end result."
"Just what I wanted looks great! I never need a lot of holiday cards so this was just right and they are beautiful."
"I was very pleased with my Christmas Cards and people have commented to me that they loved receiving them. The only thing I would have changed is that the message inside was printed too large, but that is the size I chose and I'm to blame for that. I wish I could have seen it better and had known it was so large."
"I love cards with different photo options! I have a large family, and I love to have cards with an individual photo of each child, plus at least one group photo. This card is easy to personalize, and has a lot of different color options too! I don’t always plan a holiday photo, so this way I can make the card look good with whatever pictures I end up using. The snowflakes are an added bonus, they’re my favorite holiday card background!"
Sending Christmas cards to your family and friends is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer and show the people you care about that you’re thinking of them, even if you can’t be together for the holidays. It is important to know when you send them, though. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but a card received in December is always a bit more cheerful than one that gets there mid-January.
When to send out your holiday cards depends on several factors. Think about where you live. If you are in a city that gets lots of snow or ice in the winter, you will want to send a week earlier than you normally would to account for possible delays. Next, determine how far your cards need to travel. Are you sending them locally, across state lines or overseas? Local mail usually takes about a week, but sending to another state could take two or three, and mailing cards overseas can take several weeks, especially when you factor in the postal service being busier than normal during the holidays.
The type of cards you send also factor into the equation. If you plan on sending a holiday card with a family photo, you should have the photo taken by mid-November. This gives you time to create and order your holiday cards, wait for their delivery, address them and get them in the mail. No matter which type of card you choose to send, you want to ensure you don’t send them later than the first or second week of December. If you send them later, even local friends won’t receive them before the holidays.
You may be thinking that you’re too far behind to send a great holiday card, but that’s simply not true. Shutterfly offers beautiful snowflake Christmas cards in a range of styles. Even the most basic card will look classier and more beautiful with a designer edge. Rounded edge Christmas cards are one of the most popular options offered, and they’re easy to mail—no special postage required.