It’s November 10th and I’ve already got my Christmas picture cards all ready for the mailman, which means more time for baking (and eating) holiday treats. The best part of it all? These Christmas cards from Basic Invite knock the socks off last year’s cards!
In the spirit of transparency, Christmas music has been playing in my home since August, and I’m not one bit ashamed. Christmas-time is my absolute favorite time of the year, no questions asked. Being around family, the cooler weather, string lights everywhere, celebrating the birth of our Savior, and the fact that people just seem to be a lot nicer that time of year, all makes for the most wonderful time of the year.
Ideally, I’d love it if everyone took the whole of month of December off work and just spent time together. But since that’s not going to happen, I try so hard to have everything that I need to get done for the holiday finished before the month begins. This allows me to spend every single minute after work enjoying the season.
To do this, I start my Christmas shopping as early as July (don’t judge!), and I like to get my Christmas cards signed, sealed, and ready for delivery in November.
Growing up, my mom would always display the Christmas cards we’d receive from our family and friends and the holiday pic cards were always, always my favorite. There’s just something special about seeing the faces of the people wishing you peace and joy in this season.
So, when it came time to prepare the Christmas cards for our first Christmas last year I did some shopping around at the big-name online stores. I got to say, I was pretty disappointed. It was hard to find a design that felt like “us” or a store where I could at least customize them to feel more personal.
So, I gave up; my Christmas card game was dismal. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I ended up picking out the cheapest box of Christmas cards at the local supermarket and went with it.
Well people, this year is going to be different! I’ve found the place where you can get those photo Christmas cards in a design that feels perfect for you, and customize it till the cows come home. Basic Invite is an incredible online stationery store with the proficiencies and capabilities of a big-name retailer while offering the customizations and service of your local print shop. To top it off, they’re offering 30% off their holiday stationery right now with the code holi30! It’s really changed the game.
One of the first things I noticed when I was browsing through their site was the sheer amount of options they provided. I mean, they offer over 500 Christmas and holiday card designs. This means there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ issue here. Most of these designs are Christmas picture cards, which worked out well for me!
It was easy for me to find several designs that felt like they fit our style. However, if you can’t find one that looks just the way you want it, you wouldn’t believe the amount of customization capabilities you have within Basic Invite. We’re talking almost unlimited color options.
After you’ve chosen the general design of the card, you have the ability to change the color of any element on the card, choosing between 180 colors! For our cards, I decided to stick primarily to neutral colors because our photos were pretty saturated. This also allowed me to handwrite personal notes on the cards that would stand out against the neutral backgrounds.
Basic Invite even offers foil options, both flat and raised. You can choose between gold, silver, or rose gold. Imagine the color combinations you could create!
Actually, you are able to change all the fonts, font sizes and colors, patterns, shapes of cards, and paper type as well. But wait, there’s more (haha!).
Once you’ve designed the perfect Christmas card, you can then move onto to designing the perfect matching envelope. There are 40 different colors you can choose from for your envelopes. Moreover, there are dozens (I mean DOZENS) of fun patterns you can have on the inside slips as well. As an added bonus, all the envelopes are peel and seal, so no licking (or tongue papercuts) necessary.
All of these changes are instantly previewed to you in real time, so you can be absolutely certain before clicking that order button. I loved this feature. But, if you’re super indecisive like me, Basic Invite offers custom samples. They’ll ship it right to your door so you can look it over, feel the quality of the paper, and ease any nerves you had before making the decision. You can’t find this kind of service everywhere.
I ordered samples of several different designs so I could pick out my favorites before ordering the bunch. It was so nice to have a chance to check out my holiday pic cards and hold them in my hands before purchasing.
When my samples arrived, the quality of the prints took me by surprise. The paper is sturdy and the colors pop off the card! Eric and I really enjoyed looking through the versions we had designed together and picking our favorites.
As a kid, every Christmas my sisters and I would help my dad prepare Christmas cards for his coworkers. We’d create our own little assembly line; helping him with signing them, stuffing the envelopes, licking them closed, and writing the addresses down. Usually it was a long process, and towards the end we’d drop like flies.
After doing a little research, I found out Basic Invite can streamline this process! They have a large selection of beautifully designed, custom business holiday cards to choose from. Of course, all of these cards offer all the same customization capabilities as the Christmas picture cards (keyword link) too.
You want to know where Basic Invite really takes the cake in the custom business holiday cards arena? It’s their address capturing service. We all know gathering and writing down the addresses on the envelopes is literally the worst part of sending out Christmas cards. It’s the reason I narrow down the list each year!
Basic Invite’s address capturing service provides customers with a link to share on any social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…) requesting their friends and family to enter their addresses. These addresses are then stored directly on the customer’s account ready to be pulled during the design process. Basic Invite will even print the recipient address directly on the envelopes at no charge! Imagine all the time we would have saved all those years. Time we could have spent watching Christmas movies together. Ugh, we live and learn I guess.
I’m thrilled to have found Basic Invite, and gotten all of my Christmas cards ordered, stuffed, and ready for delivery all by November! Our cards are absolutely beautiful, and I feel they represent us perfectly. If you’re in the market for stunning Christmas picture cards or custom business holiday cards go right to Basic Invite! They are even offering a 30% off discount on all of their holiday stationery right now. Simply use the coupon code holi30. I mean, 30% off is huge chunk guys and it puts more money in your Christmas gift budget!
When you order your Christmas cards through Basic Invite, send me a photo of your design! I’d love to see all of the different styles and flairs you all can create. Now I’m off to do some holiday baking; its never too early for that!