I was offered the opportunity to review StressFreePrint, and the timing is perfect. I must admit I thought it would be a bit blah and boring and I wouldn't really have a lot to say other than, "Ooh, look, new business cards. Shiny". I was very wrong. I didn't actually realise what I'd let myself in for.
First of all I had a phone call to discuss my needs, what information I'd want on my cards and explain how everything would be done, and to let me know that Susana would be personally responsible for sorting my order. I felt really quite spoilt.
My partner and I couldn't find the original high resolution image for my Brick Castle logo, so it didn't get off to the best of starts. The image I had (above) is fine for websites, but wasn't good enough to print nicely and my partner has been working long hours, coming home and sleeping, so he didn't get a chance to redraw it. I panicked, StressFreePrint didn't.
"Not a problem" they said, "we'll do it". And they did. Within half a day. They even amended it slightly for me....and it's so much better. I actually shed a tear with delight and whooped a bit - well, okay, a lot.
They sent me 3 different card designs to look at - all of which were far better than anything I could have come up with myself with what I had. I just had to choose which front and back I wanted. This is the front image I chose, using my usual background as a background image to keep everything consistent and familiar.
They checked and double-checked it was all okay and I was happy, and advised me on the best finish for my cards. 350gms silk paper with matt lamination on both sides. This is all Dutch to me, so it was great to actually have the expert explain it.
I was informed when my cards were ready for printing, and then when they had been dispatched, and they arrived within 4 days of my order being finalised. I could also track exactly what was happening at every stage of design and print, and my parcel delivery, using my online account on their website.
I was actually very excited when my package arrived - the photo of Keith included is exactly what I'd expect from them, it really seems like an incredibly friendly place to work, and I was told everyone's names all the time.
I'm incredibly pleased with my business cards. They're lovely. Good thick card with a really nice feel to it. The coating is splash-proof, so even handing out a couple last weekend at Little Fun Fest in the pouring rain I wasn't giving people a soggy bit of card that was going to be useless to them.
The colours are really bright and true to the original, and the printing is sharp. I can't fault them at all and I'm going to feel very proud handing them out. And very grown up!
StressFreePrint are a lovely bunch of really helpful people and nothing is too much. Prices start at only £29.99 for 1000 business cards and putting together your order online is really simple - as long as you haven't lost your artwork! They can print onto virtually any size or shape you wish, including stand up cards, and have a range of finishes and papers including recycled.
As well as business cards they print just about anything, A1 posters start from only £2.49 and A3 leaflets from £48 per 1000, and 50 Christmas cards with your own design and words printed on recycled paper would cost you less than £62. Having the designers create your image for you adds around an extra £50, which is very fair price for a professional's time and ideas, and they do a great job.
My business cards were created and sent to me free of charge for review.