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Mixbook Photo Cards review

With a great variety of photo card options with frequent discounts, Mixbook Photo Cards get the right balance between affordability and quality.

Mixbook Photo Cards Review
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Our Verdict

Mixbook gets the balance right between affordability and quality. We loved the cards we ordered and the design options were extensive, making Mixbook cards feel extra personal. What's more, Mixbook has a huge variety of templates and covers many holidays.


  • Great value for money
  • Affordable prices and regular discounts
  • Lovely printing quality
  • Many design options


  • Hefty fees
  • Limited envelope options

Mixbook offers some of the best photo cards of the services we evaluated. The service offers an excellent selection photo cards for a variety of holidays and we were very satisfied with our order. In partnership with Mixbook, you can get a massive 45% off with promo code REVSNY20, and this works sitewide until 31 March. 

When it comes to online services, Mixbook isn’t an expensive service, but it isn’t the cheapest, either. For a set of 15 cards, the price is roughly $2.49 per card, which was about average. However, the quality of the finished product means it came out on top in our best photo cards round up. Mixbook offers discounts for large quantities, so you can save when ordering more cards, and the service often runs discount promotions which can save you up to 50%. 

We tested 5x7, folded cards with three photos on each of our tests and we found that we could order 15 for $48, - this is excluding the great discount we got at the time of testing. Despite this, Mixbook still had good prices when compared to other services. If you’re looking for something cheaper, consider Meijer Photo. Mixbook offered us 100 of our cards for $172, one of the cheapest options we've seen. However, the $30 in shipping and fees which were added at checkout made this less of a good deal.

Mixbook Photo Cards review: Quality and services 

  • Excellent coloring
  • Good quality paper
  • Foil options

Mixbook offers six types of paper, from pearl finish to cotton texture. We ordered a satin card and a luxe board card. Our experts found that both cards printed with excellent coloring, but the luxe card came out a little grainy. They weren't as high quality as Simply to Impress, but both cards were double-sided, making them appear fancier. The satin card was thicker than the regular photo paper, which makes it a step up from other services. The luxe board was very thick and felt nice. The Mixbook logo is printed in the left corner on both cards’ backsides. Our panel of testers loved the texture and thickness of the envelopes. Some competitors offer embossing and laser cutting to give another dimension to cards. 

Some sites offer glitter options. Although we couldn’t see any on Mixbook we did love the foil option which comes in gold, rose gold or silver. Mixbook's cards are two-dimensional but very attractive, so you won't miss the texture options or ornament-shaped cards that other services offer. In fact, our panel of reviewers gave Mixbook one of the highest scores for design. The templates are gorgeous and suitable for many occasions. Plus, the graphics come in a range of styles, so you'll likely find one to complement your photos. This service allows you to make photo cards, photo books and personalized calendars, and all of the keepsake designs are high-quality.

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Mixbook Photo Cards review: Product options and creation 

  • Huge variety of templates to choose from
  • Easy editing and personalization 
  • Limited envelope options

Mixbook lets you import photos from both online storage and social media and they check the photo quality for you. There is also an extensive selection of holiday photo cards and templates. You can choose from dozens of party invites, birth announcements, graduation announcements, wedding invites and more. You can also start out with a blank template and create a card that is entirely your own. In addition, this picture card service offers response card templates. In the Mixbook tool you can add text, stickers, images and a huge variety of background options, giving you countless ways to customize your cards. There’s also six trim options and even the chance to get your card as a magnet, perfect for loved ones to stick on the fridge. 

It would be nice to have a few more options for envelopes, however, especially since some competitors offer different colors and coordinating envelope liners for a unified look. But because people usually tear the envelope and throw it away, it may not be a huge problem to have the plain white one that comes with a Mixbook card, and there is the option to get an envelope with the name and address pre-printed. One nice thing about this service is the one-card minimum; you don’t have to order 10 or 25 cards at a time. However, if you’re making a bulk order, be aware that Mixbook does not provide free paper proofs. Instead, you can purchase one card as a proof and then buy your design in bulk later. This policy may be an issue if you're on a tight budget or schedule, since it takes some extra time and adds a second shipping charge.

Mixbook Photo Cards review: Support and customer service 

  • Live chat and email support
  • Helpful FAQ page

In case you have trouble while designing or ordering your photo cards, Mixbook offers support resources to help you along the way. You can reach a representative through email or live chat, and there are extensive FAQs on the website that provide additional assistance for any complications that may arise. Additionally, if you are not completely satisfied with your order, the company offers a refund through its satisfaction guarantee - something which only Mixbook and Snapfish offer. 

Should you order from Mixbook Photo Cards?

Our panelists gave Mixbook the highest score for design quality and the finished products were of an impressive standard. With a wide range of styles and themes you are sure to find templates for holiday cards, birthday cards, baby shower invitations, graduation invitations or other occasions. A few more options for envelopes would have been an added advantage, but Mixbook is our top pick for photo cards.