Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Giveaway & Review: Zazzle Custom Printed Business Cards ($25 GC) [CLOSED]


Since there was a long wait to get new business cards from work, my husband was given permission to have his own printed.  I created the design for custom business cards from Zazzle myself in 300dpi for both the front and the back.  I had the idea to print my husband's work schedule on the back since it was unused space.  I made sure I left plenty of room for jotting down notes.


Last fall, we had the pleasure of reviewing a men's geek t-shirt from Zazzle and both my husband and myself were  extremely impressed with the print quality.  I was expecting the same quality with the business cards.  There were two areas where I was disappointed.  I created my images in the exact dimensions of the business cards, building in a white border.  Still, both the front and back designs were printed very close to the edges, with the text being cut off on the back.  Had I been offered a preview or an electronic proof, I would have gone back and resized my image making the white border even wider.  The second thing that made me slightly disappointed is that some of the cards had faint lines on them, as if the ink from the back of one card transferred to the front of the adjacent one.  Other than those two issues, the cards were decent quality for the price.  The cardstock was a good weight and the printing was clear.

I do want to point out that we received my husband's cards quickly and there is even an option to rush the order.  You also receive a volume discount when you order two or more packs of 100 cards, which we took advantage of.  The cards we made were 3-1/2" x 2", but both the custom cards and select pre-designed cards are also available in 1" x 3" and 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".

Zazzle offers much more than just t-shirts and business cards.  They have some unique products that are available in both pre-designed and custom designs, such as postage stamps, several styles of Keds canvas sneakers, round and square pendants, photo sculptures, iPad and iPhone cases, and even skateboards.  Visit Zazzle.com to view the full selection of products.

Thank you to Zazzle for providing a complimentary product sample to base this review upon and for providing a gift code for our contest prize.


What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a $25 gift code to use on Zazzle.com.



Limitations:
This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.


How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of create-your-own products offered by Zazzle.com. Then leave a comment telling me the specific name of the item you would most like to customize. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.


Extra Entries:
1)  For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


2)  For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.


3)  For 10 extra entries, sign up to receive the Zazzle newsletter by email. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.


4)  For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.


5)  For 1 extra entry each, follow Zazzle on Twitter and/or "Like" Zazzle on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.


6)  Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.


7)  Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.


8)  Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


9)  Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)


Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!