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CardsDirect Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Photo Cards here.

Our Verdict

The template designs are not the very best but this service is unbeatable for speed.

For

  • Once you order cards, your package may arrive within two days.

Against

  • The lack of delivery options can be a drawback.
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CardsDirect image: This photo cards printing service facilitates corporate greetings in addition to personal ones.

CardsDirect image: This photo cards printing service facilitates corporate greetings in addition to personal ones.
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CardsDirect image: CardsDirect has photo and non-photo templates for a number of different occasions.

CardsDirect image: CardsDirect has photo and non-photo templates for a number of different occasions.
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CardsDirect image: Thanksgiving templates are available in addition to traditional Christmas greetings.

CardsDirect image: Thanksgiving templates are available in addition to traditional Christmas greetings.
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CardsDirect image: You choose the quality of paper and type of envelope you want for your order.

CardsDirect image: You choose the quality of paper and type of envelope you want for your order.
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CardsDirect image: Our sample card featured very high quality paper and a thick envelope.

CardsDirect image: Our sample card featured very high quality paper and a thick envelope.
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CardsDirect image: Many designs allow you to choose text for the back of your card as well.

CardsDirect image: Many designs allow you to choose text for the back of your card as well.

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Photo Cards here.

If you want to create photo cards online with a service that is fast, CardsDirect may be worth your consideration. CardsDirect does not have the largest selection of holiday photo cards, birthday cards and other theme cards, or the most sophisticated designs. However, this photo card service still has plenty to boast about, including many tools to help you make your custom photo cards unique.

CardsDirect offers many basic features that are common among the services we tested. Good quality envelopes are included in each order, and a large-quantity discount is available for most large purchases. There is a minimum order quantity of 10 for most cards, which is low enough that it should not make a big difference to most people.

This service lacks some advanced features, which lowered its ranking in our lineup. You cannot order your envelopes in advance. However, this service is so fast you really may not have time to address envelopes while waiting for your cards – you will have both envelopes and cards very quickly. CardsDirect does not offer paper proofs of your custom photo cards, and the service will not deliver your cards to your intended recipients for you; there are no address-list capabilities either, which would allow you to save recipients' information for future use.

The best photo cards are the ones you can personalize, and CardsDirect has standout features in its customization tools. On this service's website, you can see exactly what it will customize for you, with options ranging from a die-cut window to foil and embossing. You can also change the colors and fonts for all of your text. If you want to change the background color of your card and the options are not available, you can leave special instructions on your order form and CardsDirect will do it for you.

The service has a decent selection of photo cards, including Christmas cards. The designs are a little more generic when compared to other photo card printing services, though. They are timeless rather than trendy, which may work just fine for your project.

This picture cards service also offers several resources if you have any questions or concerns. Detailed FAQs are available on the company website, along with information regarding shipping, the return policy, delivery information and more. If you wish to speak directly to a customer service representative, email, telephone, live chat and even a physical address are available.

Even though CardsDirect lacks a few features such as a delivery service and address-list capabilities, this service still has quite a bit to offer in the way of photo cards. The designs are attractive, and if you need your cards to arrive quickly, it will not disappoint. The best photo cards are the ones that are uniquely yours, and CardsDirect lets you customize the design templates using different colors and fonts. If you want something unique, you can send a request and CardsDirect will do its best to fulfill your wants and make you as satisfied with your card as possible.