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HughofBardfield
21st February 2008, 06:21 PM
My wife is keen to get some of my photos made up into A5 greetings cards to sell alongside some of her stuff at a craft fair in our village shortly. Whether this idea has any merit in terms of having saleable images is moot, of course.

To help me get an idea of prices, has anyone used an online/mail order printing house to produce this kind of thing? Any anyone would recommend? Conversely, any to avoid???

I've found a few suppliers on Google, but I obviously don't want to spend money on printing without some assurance of decent results.

Incidentally, I'm not anxious to try and print them myself, although it would be an excuse for buying a new printer!

emirpprime
22nd February 2008, 09:52 AM
It depends on scale, the only printer I have used for this is Colourcards.co.uk who were excellent quality and service. Their prices seemed good when I found them, but you need to order 100 or more cards. As a plus they do come with envelopes.
However I have been wanteing to do this for a while and intend to print myself so that I can do short runs and get good quality "art" card. If you decide to try it you can even use some relatively low end printers as long as they have a straight paper path (most epson and canon, for HP you have to spend a bit more). Online paper have a good range tester pack that is good for trying different stocks http://www.on-linepaper.co.uk/acatalog/on_line_p_per_co_uk_Digital_Fine_Art_Cards_for_Ink jet_Printing_18.html (the 3rd item down).

The other option is labour intensive but can give the best of both worlds. Buy some nice cards, and carefully cut and stick a photo to the front. You can matt/mount it in any decorative way you want then. You can also injket onto good quality paper and stick that inside if you are pre-printing a message. The results look very high quality.

All the best,
Phil

HughofBardfield
22nd February 2008, 10:25 AM
The other option is labour intensive but can give the best of both worlds. Buy some nice cards, and carefully cut and stick a photo to the front. You can matt/mount it in any decorative way you want then. You can also injket onto good quality paper and stick that inside if you are pre-printing a message. The results look very high quality.

I tried that for the last craft market she did, using my little HP475. I quite liked the finished results but was starting to climb the walls by the time I finished! I was also limited to 15x10cm images as that's about the largest it will handle. She-who-must-be-obeyed says she wants A5 this time...

Thanks for the lead on Colourcards, I'll check them out.

Hiding_Pup
22nd February 2008, 11:20 AM
I've only ever made one card and that was with Photobox.co.uk who do all my printing for me. Fantastic quality and colour reproduction but perhaps a little on the expensive side for a commercial venture? Take a look:

http://www.photobox.co.uk/static.html?name=unloggedcard&args=666f72776172647c787c2f73747564696f2f677265657 4696e6763617264732f64657369676e65722e68746d6c

Barr1e
23rd February 2008, 09:34 AM
Hugh -

I had this in this morning.

http://tinyurl.com/2tx6s6

Regards. Barr1e

art frames
23rd February 2008, 10:54 AM
Hugh

I have used these people for postcards/flyers and rate them for their environmental standards and excellent quality. But prices for small runs are always going to be hit with set-up costs.

http://www.alocalprinter.com/uk/christmas-cards/

peter

HughofBardfield
25th February 2008, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the suggestions folks. I'll post conclusions when I have them!!!