I’ve searched through the top photo card websites to find you the best deals, the prettiest card designs and the widest style selection so you don’t have to waste your time. You’ve only got a few short weeks to get your cards in your hands and mailed out so they’ll arrive before Christmas. Remember, mail slows down the closer to December 25, so don’t delay!
Best Photo Card Sites
I’ve ordered from ALL these sites and I’ve been very happy with the results. Printing and card stock are high quality. They have great customer service and stand behind their products with 100% guarantees. All include printing on the back of card, except on photo paper cards.
Mixbook – Hands down best for total customization and really pretty designs. Choice of 3 card stocks (no photo paper). 724 designs for 0 to 4+ photos. Make your card at Mixbook now.
Shutterfly – 595 designs including tri-fold cards for 1 to 4+ photos. Standout: new shimmer pearl paper option and rounded corners for 10 cents/card extra. There’s also regular card stock and inexpensive photo paper cards. Return address printing and addressing/card mailing available. Shutterfly.
Snapfish – 2,173 (not a typo) designs on matte or glossy photo paper, regular or premium cardstock for 0 to 4+ photos. Add rounded corners for 10 cents/card extra. Return address printing available. Make your card at Snapfish now.
Picaboo – 173 very colorful 5×7 flat or folded designs on regular or premium cardstock for 1-2 photos. Free return addressing printing on premium cards. Free shipping on all orders all the time. Create your cards at Picaboo now.
What’s the Cost?
Average Price for 20 Cards – A set of 20 flat 4×8 photo paper cards with envelopes will cost between 80-85 cents per card without a sale. Flat 5×7 cards on standard cardstock average $1.39-$2.29 per set without a sale, 5×7 folded cards are approx. $1.59-2.49 pre-sale and trifolds are about $3.49. But there are good deals RIGHT NOW with savings up to 50%, so don’t wait!
Photo paper cards are printed on front only and they’re the least expensive. Find these at Shutterfly and Snapfish.
Flat and folded cards – usually 5×7 or 5×5 with room for multiple photos. Find these at Mixbook, Picaboo, Shutterfly and Snapfish.
Accordian fold – check out Shutterfly
All but Picaboo offer collages. For Newsletter and Top 10/Year in Review styles, try Mixbook, Snapfish and Shutterfly. For religious cards, Shutterfly and Snapfish have the best selection. The chalkboard style is very popular; Mixbook, Picaboo and Snapfish have a good selection.
Need more details? See the handy chart below:
|Sizes||5x5, 5x7, 4x8, 6x8||5.25x5.25, 4x8, 5x7||5x7, 5x5, 4x8, 4x6, 3.5x3.5||5x7|
|Standard Paper||110lb Signature||110lb stationary stock||Standard - satin coated 111 lb, 14pt with a slight sheen; Signature Matte 100lb 12pt smooth matte finish||Signature Cardstock 120 lb silky smooth finish 15pt thick|
|Premium Paper||110lb Pearl Shimmer Cardstock (Extra 10 cents ea)||130lb stationery stock||130lb 16pt matte finish||120 lb tactile eggshell finish, 18pt thick|
|Photo Paper||Glossy or Matte||Glossy or Matte||n/a||n/a|
|Rounded corners on cardstock cards||On 800+ designs (Extra 10 cents ea)||481 designs (Extra 10 cents ea)||no||no|
|Personalization||Photos, text and font only||Photos, text and font only||Total customization||Photos, text and font only|
|Envelope addressing||Yes - return address and/or recipient address $0.39/env.||Yes - return address||no||Return address $0.29/envelope|
|Special Notes||Some designs (photo paper cards) can be picked up in retail partner store||Free shipping on all orders, no minimum.|
* Thickness is often referred to by weight in pounds, which is the weight of 500 sheets, and it is often measured in points as well. Points is the thickness of the sheet in thousandths of an inch. It can get confusing; just remember the higher the point, the thicker the paper. So, 17pt is thicker than 15pt.
Processing and Shipping Time
Will your cards arrive in time? Here are the estimated processing and shipping times for popular companies. Be sure to double-check when you order, to avoid disappointment:
|Shutterfly||5-7 business days||4-5 business days|
|Snapfish||4-10 business days||2-6 business days|
|Mixbook||7-9 business days||5 business days|
|Picaboo||4-10 business days||2-6 business days|
|Smilebooks||6-9 business days||Not listed|
Tip: In a big hurry? You can order photo paper cards online for local in-store pick-up (i.e. Target, Walgreens) via Shutterfly or Snapfish, sometimes with 1-hour or next-day printing, but you are usually limited to photo paper style.