hey ladies, let me try uploading a photo – this is my first time 🙂 [HMMM, not sure why one is at the top and the other at the bottom… oh well]
unfortunately, we are in the middle of a big snowstorm here so the lighting is not great, but i tried to edit the photos a bit so you could see the texture of the linen paper. also, any weird smudges are actually in the original design since it was hand drawn by a friend of ours and then imported into a graphics program. i tried to get some closer-up photos, but not sure how well that worked 🙂 oh, and the colors look exactly like the file we sent and are nice and vibrant.
we used the cream colored linen paper and then ordered regular cream envelopes that matched in color since we weren’t as concerned about that texture.
i thought their pricing was competitive relative to the other options — it wasn’t the rock bottom price, but it also turned out alot cheaper than i thought it would turn out to be. specifically, we ordered 140 5*3 cards (the ones in the picture) on the linen paper, one side color printing, as well as 140 4*6 cards, also in color, and the total with tax and shipping was just over $100. i think the envelopes were like $25?
we don’t have a printer and were not going to purchase one for this project, and i was pretty surprised to learn that Kinkos would not do any “special” size paper for cardstock, and they wouldn’t do the cutting either (at least our local store). i didn’t check other local print shops but i did look at all the other websites recommended on other posts on weddingbee and cardsandpockets.com consistently got excellent reviews.
i was also very pleased with their customer service even though i made the mistake — they let me know i should add the envelopes to my “shopping cart” and order those and pay for them when i paid for the print shop, but i forgot to do that, so i ordered them separately. i asked for them to be shipped together but since the orders were placed at different times, they ended up being mailed separately — but they refunded my shipping fees for the second order!
oh, one more thing — even though we did not end up using these options, i like that you can have them do all the folding, custom cutting, scoring, etc etc. so you don’t have to worry about doing that later.
let me know if you have any other questions — i relied entirely on weddingbee advice for this part of the planning!!