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How to Place an Order

  Our Exclusive Collection of products offers the ability to customize your invitation, photo card or announcement with personalized text, fonts, colors and photos. You can view your proof before making your purchase.

Each card in our Exclusive Collection offers matching stickers, enclosure cards, calling cards, note cards and new items like recipe cards and note pads. With low minimum orders, fast turnaround times, high-quality cardstock and printing, along with unbeatable competitive pricing, there is no need to shop anywhere else. The information below will help you easily place your order online. Be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions section for more helpful information.

Customizing your Order

  Consider the amount of text you would like to include, and the amount of available space on the card. Use the sample text shown as a guide.

If you are considering a photo card, be sure to match the shape of the photo box to the shape of the photo you'd like to include. (For example, a vertical photo fits better in a vertical box.)

After you select a design click the pink "Customize this item" button at the bottom of the page. This will take you into our Design Studio where you can personalize your order and view an instant proof before placing your order.

Adding a Photo

  If you are placing a photo on your card, click the "Upload Photo" button in the photo bin. If you do not see the photo bin, click the Photo Toolbox link above the tabs.

A pop-up window will appear where you will be able to select from your computer which photos you would like to upload. You can upload more than one picture at a time. Click the "Select Files" button, and select the images you would like to upload. When you have selected all of the images to be uploaded, click the "Upload Files" button. Make sure all of your images are sized correctly (see our photo requirements).

Next select the "Photo Copyright" button. If your picture was taken by a professional photographer, your order must be accompanied by a photo copyright release form. Please fax the form to 817-590-4652.

Select the photo you wish to use from the photo bin and drag it onto your card. A box will appear on your card that says, "Photo Is Too Small" if the photo is not large enough for the selected card.

If your photo is too small, refer to our photo requirements to select a photo that is the right size. We will be unable to use a photo that is too small. Please do not select the option to email your photo. If the photo bin indicates the photo is too small, we will not be able to use it even if you email the file.

You are able to change a color photo to black and white, sepia or back to the original format. You can also zoom in / zoom out, drag or rotate your photo for the perfect orientation.

If you would like to choose a different photo, click the photo bin tab and hover your mouse over the photo in your bin. A red X will appear. Click this X to delete your photo and then drag a new photo onto your card.

Add Personalized Text

  To add personalized text to your card, click the "text toolbox" link above the photo bin. Now, the only limit is your imagination! You can use an unlimited amount of text colors, fonts, and characters.

If you would like to view the Polka Dot Design online example while in the Design Studio, click the link above your card to open a new window. You can keep this open to reference while typesetting your card.

To begin adding text, determine if you would like your card to look like the sample, or if you would prefer to create your own design. Select the appropriate button for your choice and click the blue "add text now" button and begin entering your text.

If you chose have your card typeset like the example, simply type your text in the box. You will not need to choose a typestyle or format it correctly. Our professional typesetters will do all the work for you. When finished entering your text, click done. Your text will appear on your card, unformatted. You will receive a proof within 1-2 business day with your properly formatted text.

If you chose to select your own fonts and colors, enter your personalized text in the box. You can select the size, color and typestyle from the menus at the right. Your text will appear on your card, and you can drag it around as desired. For each new typestyle, font size or color, you will need to create a new text box. Click the "add text box" button to create a new text box.

To edit the existing text, simply click the tab for the text box you would like to edit.

If you would like to remove text lines, click the pink "clear this text" link in the upper right corner of the text tab.

If you would like your card to be typeset like the Polka Dot Design example, check the box at the bottom of the green text tab. Our professional typesetters will use your custom text to make your card look like the online example.

To make specific requests, such as color or sizing requests, click the link below the text toolbox that says, "Add special instructions for the Typesetter."

When done with your photos and text, click the pink "Step 2" button.

Return Address

  Click the "Step 2" button at the top or bottom of the page. If you would like your return address printed on the back flap of your envelopes, check the box below the envelope.

Enter your personalized text into the text box, and choose your typestyle and text size.

The optional return address is only available in black ink and will be centered on the back flap of your envelopes.

Finalizing Your Order

  Click the "Step 3" button. A quick summary of the proofing process is shown for your convenience.

You must initial the terms and conditions before adding the item to your cart.

Select the quantity you would like to order and click the pink "add to cart" button. You can also save the item to your favorites to come back later and complete your purchase.

A proof for your order will be uploaded into your online account through our website within 1-2 business days, which you will have to approve before your order is printed.

If you choose the option to email us your photo, your proof will be uploaded into your online account through our website within 1-2 business days after we receive your photo.

Once we receive your final approval to print, the in-house processing time is 1-2 business days before your order leaves our facility.

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