Saturday, December 1, 2012

I featured an online printing house in my customized stationery post. Since then, I have gone ahead and ordered several freebies offered by the site, I just paid for shipping. It took me 20 minutes to put in my orders and make payment, quick and easy.

First to arrive is my custom T-shirt that boasts high quality printing and adherence to standard sizing. However, I find the T-shirt material a little too thin for S$13. The T-shirt is made in Honduras and printed in Australia, so that adds to the shipping costs.

The first 250 Business Cards are free but cost S$29 if you want premium editing and paper. The free cards only allow printing on 1 side as the other side is an ad for Vistaprint, paper quality is like cardboard not as glossy or thick as, basic editing tools and templates available and you can upgrade if you want. Similar to the Facebook cards, I choose a Christmas theme and will be using these as gift tags.

Small self-inking Rubber Stamp S$19. I ordered a Merry Christmas postmark, but you can order address, signature or office stamps if you like. Surprised by the high quality and ease of use. As you can see, the wordings come out perfectly.

Monogram Sticky Notes, I picked a dainty pink damask background and printed my name on top. Beautifully done and comes in standard sizing and quantity. All for just S$2! Unbeatable value when regular sticky notes cost S$1.50.

I printed a Birthday Banner in the smallest size available that is 90.2cm x 50.8cm, S$32. Recommended for small spaces and indoors. Material is a waterproof canvas that is soft enough to be rolled up easily and crease-free. I hung it up with blue tack and it stuck, so you don't really need rope or nails.

Postcards that I customized into Birthday greetings, 100 pcs for S$36. Notice the little detail on the back of the postcard, a greyscale starfish with the words "Happy Birthday". Fill in with your well wishes and any thing else you wish to say to the recipient. Quality is the same as commercially sold postcards with a glossy front.

Return Address Labels, 140 pcs for S$11. I customized it into labels for my handmade presents so my friends know the effort I put into their gift. Expect thick, matte stickers that add that professional touch.

I customized a small Car Magnet with an inspirational verse from the bible, S$14. It measures 28.6 cm x 21.6 cm for a small, that's the size of 1 car door. Ordinarily used for advertising, this magnet will make a lovely addition to a Christian friend's car, fridge or noticeboard.

Overall, service was fast and accurate at reasonable prices. Vistaprint allows orders of small quantities that is quite rare in the industry, making it a good resource for your everyday use. I used available templates so there was no problem with layouts, if you are going to upload a totally customized design then you need to order proofs before printing that costs a few dollars more. My favorite part has to be just before checkout when the site shows you matching designs on all the other types of stationery as well, so you can add to cart to ensure a complete set for your desk.

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