Taking the lead from designer Graham Smith, I bought some “note cards” and a holder from MOO.
The front and back PDF layouts are above, with the resulting card trims below. The margins are disappointing. The artwork supplied was to the exact proportions requested.
The holder is solid enough for the small price paid. It wouldn’t take too much effort to snap one of the segments when fully open, but it’s as robust as you’ll need when closed.
I don’t carry a wallet. For quite a few years I’ve used an aluminium card holder for my business cards, credit cards, and driving licence (I don’t like carrying much). The downside is that business cards get mucky when kept against frequently used credit cards. So I can see this compartmentalised holder helping.
As Graham says, the uncoated stock is ideal for writing on — whether it’s the time and date of a meeting, an address, or a simple “thank you” note.
Total cost: £27.94. Includes 50 double-sided cards on 350gsm uncoated recycled stock and plastic holder.
MOO discount codes
A first-time MOO customer can get free shipping by entering this code at checkout:
Only works one time, though, so you’ll need to be quick.
New or current customers can save 10% on a pack of 200 cards by entering this code:
Again, one use only, valid for 60 days.
Here are the MOO websites (I think the UK site works for European orders):
Thanks for the tip, Graham. the trim’s poor, but the holder’s more useful than my old one.
Update: 07 May 2011
I emailed MOO’s customer service, pointing here and requesting replacement cards.
Update: 09 May 2011
I received the following email reply:
“We are sorry to hear that your order did not come out as expected and that the trim on the cards were poor. There is a 2mm leaway in the cutting process so we cannot guarantee that your cards will print out as accurately as a result. However we would be happy to reprint your cards again for you free of charge.”
When received, I’ll post a photo of the reprint so you can see if there’s much difference.
Update: 17 May 2011
Reprint received (photo here). Still a little out, but a decent improvement.
Update: 09 July 2011
I’ve since upgraded my note cards to a letterpress version.