Every year, a few weeks prior to Diwali I plan a family Photoshoot for our annual Diwali cards. I am a traditionalist at heart so after getting married I told my husband I wanted to start a tradition of sending out Diwali cards, and although he’s not much of a picture person he liked the idea and agreed. In the era of social media, snail mail is becoming less and less frequent. I however, absolutely love receiving letters and cards in the mail. There’s something so special about receiving a note from someone you care about in the mail, you know it took time and effort. And because not everyone (read, older family members) is on social media, we like to send photo cards to keep them up to date. This especially started holding importance once Little Mirchi was born. Her great grandparents, our extended family and friends love to watch her grow as each year passes.
I recently discovered Basic Invite, while searching for customizable holiday cards. Basic Invite is a company dedicated to serving up perfectly customized stationery. You can customize virtually anything, from fonts, colors, envelopes and more. In fact they are one of the only sites I’ve found that truly help give your cards a personal touch. Here’s just a few ways they help you customize your stationery:
- Unlimited Colors: Basic Invite allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the colors choosing from 180 different color options.
- Custom Samples: You can order a printed sample of your actual stationery before submitting a final order.
- A Variety of Envelopes: You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to the envelopes so that you can make your stationery stand out even before it is opened. Oh and all of their envelopes are peel and seal, I love that!
- Address Capturing Service: Ok this is literally the perfect time saver. Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the your account and can then be selected during the design process. They offer recipient address printing at no cost on all personalized Christmas cards.
Why this works wonderfully for me, while Diwali is gaining more and more popularity within the USA I often find myself unable to customize holiday cards to fit a Diwali theme. More often then not I have to start with a blank canvas which takes quite a bit of time and effort. This season it was different, I fully customized a Diwali card from one of Basic Invite’s 250 holiday card designs, from photos to font, I was able to give them my personal touch, they even have raised gold foiled lettering! My order arrived quickly and packed well enough so that my cards or envelopes didn’t bend. I also found the cards and envelopes to be of high quality with a great representation of colors for the photos.