Pros / You can find cards from well known designers.
Cons / This is one of the most expensive services.
Verdict / Paper Source gives you access to a large library of card designs and themes. However, you’ll need to be willing to pay a bit more for these designer cards than you would for many other services.
This service is incredibly expensive since they use designer brands for their photo card designs. If you’re looking to make a fancy card, this could be the right service since they offer envelope customization options not offered by most other companies. However, for the average photo card, this company is just too expensive.
Paper Source outsources designs and card themes from designer brands like Kate Spade New York, Paperless Post, Kelly Wearstler and Rifle Paper Co. Since there are a lot of big names to order from, the cost of these cards can be rather pricey. As a matter of fact, you’ll have to spend more than $35 cards to get any cards. The minimum number of cards you can order from this company is 20. 20-card packs sell for $2.35 per card, which is much more than the average service. For a more affordable service, consider Zazzle.
Considering these cards cost so much, we found it odd that the company only has one paper choice: 130 lb cardstock. There are foil finish options, however, if you’d like to spice your cards up a bit. Admittedly, this card is one of the most durable that we ordered. It will take more force to bend or fold it in the mail. Cardstock doesn’t print as crisp as photo paper does, so it wasn’t surprising to find that the images came out a bit grainy. Our testers also noted that the darker spots of the images lost some definition. However, the overall hue and saturation of the images turned out really good.
A bigger problem pointed out by our testers are the super thin white lines separating some of our images. This might have something to do with how the images were placed on the card during the creation process or it might be a design flaw. Either way, the fact that it’s possible to print them like this is an issue.
This card printed double sided with photos on the back as well as the front. This specific design even allowed us to add a small message. The text, though small, printed clearly and looks very nice. The design we chose comes from Paperless Post, a company that specializes in sending ecards instead of physical cards. They partnered up with Paper Source so you can have physical copies made. A potential downside to this is that Paperless Post’s name and logo as well as Paper Source’s website are printed on the bottom backside of the card. Their combined logos take up about a square inch of space and might be a distraction from your photos and message.
The interface, like all the others, did tell us if our images weren’t high enough resolution to print right. While Paper Source is more expensive than other services, it also offers mailing options that others don’t. You can choose between eight different envelope colors including green, red, white, grey, brown and gold. For an extra fancy touch, there are 12 inner linings to choose from ranging from gold and silver to graphite and dark blue, so you’ll be sure to match your card.
This service can even have your address printed on the backside of the envelope. This is especially useful for wedding invitations, save the dates and graduation cards. Unfortunately, this service does not keep track of your addresses. This means they will not print recipients addresses or mail your cards for you.
The holiday coverage is decent but you won’t find cards for every holiday. The designs they do offer are beautiful and give you plenty of variety to choose from. This service does not offer same day pickup, but they do offer express shipping. For a pack of 20 cards, it’s $19.95 for two day shipping and $29.95 for next day shipping. This is a lot more expensive than other companies. Shipping will change depending on where you live and what time of the year it is. If you have questions contact a company representative.
Paper Source gives you access to plenty of beautiful designer photo cards, however it is one of the most expensive photo card services we tested. The company makes quality photo cards, but unless you’re really wanting to make something special, you can easily get good quality photo cards elsewhere for much cheaper.