Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sketch Artist

My dear friend, V hooked me up with this latest product that I think you'll enjoy.

We received their holiday card last December and she had these personalized return address labels with caricatures of their whole family. They were totally cool looking and dead-on replicas of the entire family. Honestly, I thought she had them professionally done.

To my excitement, she did them online with a company called VistaPrint. She actually created the caricatures with a simple tool the company had on their web site.

I ended up ordering return address labels for our family and then a notepad for my folks with them and the grand kids; both turned out great.

First you get to choose the types of faces; male, female, child or any type of pet. There are about fifteen different types of shapes and sizes. Then you pick hair style (including facial hair), hair color and skin color.

Overall, some products are reasonable. The labels are great if you order about 200 or more. The notepad was pretty pricey given that it was only 50 sheets, however the designs make it worthwhile. We gave it to my folks as a 'welcome to your new home' gift.

A couple of small inconveniences. The design software only works on Internet Explorer; I couldn't use Firefox. The caricatures also don't have glasses as an accessory, however you can add a yamaka. Weird the choices you get there.

Their promotions are pretty heavy if you sign into their email specials. Seems they have a special every two days. I was hoping to get a trade for my promotion, but when I emailed them to ask, their auto-response said they only deal with customers via the phone. That is slightly limiting as well.

Overall though, the labels are pretty freaking cool. And as you can see, you can add as many family members as you'd like.



Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Okay, my favorite part of this whole thing is that you have birds named Stanley and Flo.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Vista print does have really good products and they're also very fast. I ordered the company's christmas cards through them.

I actually did call them in the course of my order--I don't remember being on hold for a long time and they were really helpful.

I think they're based in Jamaica, or the Virgin Islands. Can't remember...

2:41 PM  
Blogger Mark D said...

Now that's cool ...

**bookmarks VistaPrint**

10:07 PM  
Blogger nylonthread said...

Adorable! You know, I encountered vista print's caricature service a while back and managed a pretty dead-on version of my fam. However, when I showed the end result to AJS for his buy-in, his response was, "you have finally gone completely insane." Oh well. I think it's the cutest! And a bonus that you can add birds; they are so often forgotten in the cat/dog dominated pet world.

12:41 PM  

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