Paper Culture Holiday Cards

Last year, we used Paper Culture for our holiday cards.

We loved them. Loved them! In fact, I’m fairly certain we’ll never use another company for our holiday cards for years to come. Why, you ask? Oh, let me tell you!

1. Truly the best collection of designs ever.

2. All cards and envelopes are 100% post-consumer recycled, and the company is CarbonFree.

3. All cards are printed on 130lb paper (feels great in the hand) and have rounded corners.

4. FREE MAIL AND ADDRESSING SERVICE. Yes, you provide them a spreadsheet of addresses and Paper Culture will print, address, stamp and mail your cards for you. Awwww, yeah. (You still pay postage for the cards, but no other fees.) Do you know how much time that saves? DO YOU? Especially the second year, when your spreadsheet is already made?

Look at some of the darling designs.

Pretty fantastic, right?

Now, apparently, D and I enjoy torturing ourselves because we prefer to capture the elusive Perfect Holiday Card Photo without the aid of a professional photographer. (What can I say? We’re neurotic.)  This year’s photo involved three locations, four cameras, an unexpected rain delay, 6 (failing) props to encourage smiling, including but not limited to, a talking Elmo doll and a furry King Charles Spaniel dog toy, and at least 17,000 meltdowns. (Did I mention I had a raging head cold? That we’re still getting over 9 days later? bleeerrrrrgh)

On the way home from our torturous shoot, we happened upon a completely awesome, beat-up blue wall. We grabbed some sidewalk chalk, let the kids go to town, and snapped some photos. Luckily, we captured one that we loved.

Hooray for semi-happy children looking at the camera! VICTORY IS OURS.

If you are looking for stylish and unique cards, please check out Paper Culture’s holiday cards. (By the way, they aren’t limited to just holiday cards by any means. Tons of stationary, invites, and these adorable bamboo wall art pieces.)

Just for you all, the lovely folks at Paper Culture are offering 20% off all cards through 12/31/11. Just use the code WHOORL at checkout, and you’ll receive 20% off your card order. Now you have NO reason to drag your feet in regards to holiday cards. Get to it!

Enter your code at checkout. Expires 12/31. Not combinable. Not applicable to taxes, shipping, handling or gift certificates. No cash value.

  1. Ris

    November 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

    You had me at “address, stamp and mail your cards for you.” I would pay my weight in gold for that service!

  2. Mama Bub

    November 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Love Paper Culture SO MUCH. I’m giving away a gift card this week!

  3. sizzle

    November 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I was JUST thinking about getting cards on line this year (never done it, usually make my own or buy them) and this is perfect. Thank you!

  4. HALEY

    November 30, 2011 at 9:22 am


    • whoorl

      November 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Haley! I can’t believe I forgot to mention that. Yes, they plant a tree with every order. So fantastic.

  5. Kristen Howerton

    November 30, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Fantastic. All your hard work paid off! It is soooo cute. I love the orange and blue, and the chalk wall. And mostly . . . the scarf.

  6. Suebob

    November 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    AND? They are printed in the USA, unlike most Christmas cards, which come from China. As a former printshop worker, this means a lot to me.

    • whoorl

      November 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      YES. Yes yes yes.

  7. JD @ Momagement

    November 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Love, love, love the idea of addressing and mailing the cards for me. And the selection is amazing. BUT – what’s the privacy policy for all those addresses I’d upload? I emailed Paper Culture to see…

    • Cindy

      December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Please do share – I didn’t even think about that!

      • JD @ Momagement

        December 2, 2011 at 4:42 am

        This is the email response I got from them:

        “Thank you for contacting Paper Culture. The addresses will be saved in your account but we will not distribute them. You may read more on our privacy policy here:

        If at any time you have questions about the process, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 877-77-CULTURE(877-772-8588).”

        I did ask how they got from my account to the envelopes but they didn’t address that question. I’m in marketing, so I probably over-worry about these things. ;-)

  8. Jill V. / TerraSavvy

    December 5, 2011 at 6:19 am

    They, those two kiddos of yours, look adorable!! You captured the money shot!

    I used Paper Culture last year and love the price, quality, tree planting etc., etc. too!

    After seeing yours and with that awesome discount (thank you!), I will be heading back over to them again this year.

    Thanks for the blow by blow of your adventure and feel better!!

  9. JD @ Momagement

    December 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for your 20% discount! I just ordered my cards and can’t wait to see them. With your code my cards ended up being less expensive than the ones I bought last year – and will be so beautiful. Thanks again!

  10. Nicole

    December 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the tip and the coupon code! Am thrilled to have discovered Paper Culture, and have just placed my order. The mailing service made all the difference. Anxiously awaiting my cards!

  11. Sheila @ Chinaberry

    December 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Love the photo cards. These are the most retro-inspired, mod, and great ones I’ve seen.