Tiny Prints is one of those companies I've heard buzzed about the mom blogging community for several years.
I never checked them out; mainly because I was under the impression that they specialized in things like baby shower invitations and birth announcements -- and it's been 15 years since I've needed to order any of those.
But as it turns out, Tiny Prints is a full-service custom stationery company. Yes, their website features absolutely gorgeous announcements and invitations, as well as personalized letterhead, notecards and labels.
I was surprised to learn that they print business cards, too.
I made this discovery - as I often do - through an email pitch to one of my blogging groups. Tiny Prints was offering free cards to bloggers interested in reviewing their service, and this is something I just happened to need for last week's BlogHer bet conference. I took them up on their offer and visited that section of their site...
...where I was blown away.
Beautiful Contemporary Designs
Tiny Prints offers 102 different contemporary business card designs, many customizable to include your own logos and artwork. I was grateful for the pop-up screen that allows you to check off individual designs for side-by-side comparison later -- because there were so many to choose from.
I love the designs because many of them are both businesslike and feminine -- and I think all of them are really artful (which is a quality I admire in others but do not possess myself). Selecting just one was difficult.
After eliminating the square "Swirly Frame" (it stands out among the other cards but won't fit in your contacts' standard card cases) and "Seeing Clearly" (I think of my eyeglassees as a kind of trademark - but in the end, I wanted something prettier), I settled on "Bold Bliss," a fold-out design that allows you to include photos from your Flickr stream.
My blog is hard to categorize; my hope was that the photos would give new contacts the idea that I'm not just another SoCal mom. At any rate, what I got was not just another blogger business card:
Tiny Prints has a very intuitive interface for customizing your order. I found it somewhat easier than my experience at VistaPrint, Zazzle and Moo. However, I did have a little trouble fitting the word "Mom" into the card template (those "M"'s are rather wide). I spent about 40 minutes just playing with fonts until I made it fit.
I ended up with the word "Mom" in a different font from "SoCal."
The following morning, I received an email from a Tiny Prints designer, who had helpfully rendered "Mom" back into the template in its original font, so that both sides of the card matched. She sent me proofs of both versions of the card so I could decide which way to go.
I picked hers.
To be honest, my order went in under the wire -- I did not expect to receive my cards in time for the conference last week. Tiny Prints surprised me by printing them up and having them back to me one week after I finalized the order.
And they came out beautifully.
I tweeted that the cards were so nice, I was afraid I'd have a hard time handing them out.
So far, I'm doing all right in that department. Which could be a problem, because I'll have to re-order them before the big BlogHer conference in August.
And that's the one little drawback to my beautiful new Tiny Prints cards: The foldout design costs more than previous cards I've used ($89 for 100). But if they cause more people to remember me -- resulting in more writing/blogging assignments -- the cost is well worth it.
In the meantime, I'm back on their site. I still have no need for invitations or announcements, but I just ran out of notecards... and I have a feeling Tiny Prints will have exactly what I'm looking for.
DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation for this post. I did receive 100 free business cards for the purpose of writing a review of Tiny Prints product and service. This post recounts my own experience with the company and my own opinion.