so in a spare moment at the weekend i was having a look at self publishing - books, photo books and yes cards... after scouting around i tried bonusprint. with a very simple interface i was able to upload some photos and create greetings cards that are blank inside and without any naff borders (why do so many of these companies think we want naff borders around cards - are they misguided or is there really that much bad taste around?!!!). i tried a few different pics to see how they would come out. they arrived today and look fab. i went for A5 size - ordering one is £1.50 but if you start ordering more the price comes down pretty quickly. the only negative is that on the back of the cards they print bonusprint which is really annoying. anyway that's it - i will now be creating cards out of my own photos. it will be cheaper, more fun, personal and creative. anyone else tried anything similar? i'd definitely be interested if you know of something that doesn't have the company name on the end result...
thanks to people who have left comments. seems like there are a few options.
printing direct from iphoto - looks easy and good but there is no discount for bulk buying so it seems overpriced to me.
all the kodak options on their web site have naff designs/borders - weird
photobox look pretty good. it's worth joining anyway because you can order 30 free prints just for joining! their greeting cards are in sets of 8. works out at about a pound a card unless you buy 40 or more cards. i may get a set just to see what the quality is like.
i contacted bonusprint to ask about printing the cards without their logo on the back. for an extra 10p a card they will do so. they don't advertise that but they have told me to order as per normal and then e-mail them straight away to ask them to do that. inlcude a phone number and they will ring to collect the extra payment. this all seems a bit convoluted and hopefully if enough people want that option they will add it to the web site. having looked around i think bonusprint offer the best price if you print several. the quality of their A5 cards is great.]