Wednesday, April 23, 2014

You Can Choose From a Classic or Custom Face

Your face...No. I'm talking about the FACE of your personalized playing cards! I'm now offering the world famous Bicycle Playing cards and a less expensive generic brand at TheAspenStand. Let me share the the difference you'll see between the two products.

As a kid, I remember seeing the world’s most well-known and respected Bicycle Playing Cards box at home and the homes of families we visited. You probably remember seeing that logo too and that is because these cards are the mark of the premium quality Bicycle has represented since 1885.

These easy to shuffle, durable semi-gloss Bicycle cards are made in made in Kansas City, Kansas with patented casino quality paper and a color printing process that is second to none. You get 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers per deck in the standard Bicycle cardboard case seen above.   With the bicycle cards, you can select from a total of 11 face styles which adds another dimension to customizing this deck.

So imagine the surprise when you customize your deck with a personal/group photo, text, or designs for a birthday, housewarming, graduation or other celebration gift. You can even surprise your poker club with stylized Bicycle cards sporting the club name.
Desaturated Spring Flash African Daisy Photograph 
This Bicycle card template is adorned with a  beautiful orange framed desaturated close up photograph featuring the Spring Flash African Daisy leaving the color in blossom and bud to stand out over the background. The framed orange, gray and ivory vertical stripes oval sets off your personalized text. Template fields on the product page allow you to add a name, group name or initials. In Style Options, on the page,  select one of the other ten card face styles rather than the above selected Tragic Royalty style.

It's A Style GRUNGE Rusty Letters
This design has the Distressed Edition look on the face side to match your black rusty metal patina back, rusty wavy lines and grunge text block. There are several options to personalizing the deck including hitting Customize it! on the product page to add text.
Classic Poker Deck
This product features the cover design and a classic black and red face. Customize this playing card deck of smooth card stock with your photos, text, or designs for unique birthday gift, wedding favor, or to surprise you home poker group with a stylized your tournament deck. This easy to shuffle deck offers poker sized playing cards (2.5" x 3.5").

The product is packed in a white cardboard case with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. The two designs below display the classic red and black face design on all decks with a customized cover design. 

 Garden Party

 Colorful Blocks

Find customizable Bicycle and Classic playing card designs in TheAspenStand store or visit the Zazzle Marketplace with more than 750 thousand designs by other artists and photographers. 

What occasion would you consider gifting a custom pack of playing cards?

I would love to hear your thoughts about the playing card post and the products. Leave a comment.   

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Hands On Review of Zazzle Polyester Throw Pillows

I'm so glad I decided to order the 16" square 100% polyester pillow covers featuring my custom Route 66 design. It allows me to write a personal review and I was able to donate them for a silent auction at a local cancer event. 
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Pillows adorning a couch.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the order was completed and shipped much sooner than I expected. The pillows arrived in a cardboard box so no sneak peeks before opening. When I pulled out the first one, I was delighted to see the color and printing quality were as it appeared on my computer screen while designing them.  The heavy weight stretch material is what provides the great color definition according to the Zazzle product description.  They also arrived soft and wrinkle free as noted in the description.  

Hidden  Zipper Enclosure
Each pillow had a meticulously sewn hidden zipper enclosure that you can see in the image on the left. The photograph also gives a bit of a hint at the thickness of the fluffy synthetic-filled insert. 

These made in the USA pillows are also available in 20" square and 13" x 21" (lumbar) sizes in polyester; however some designs may not look well on the lumbar size.  Some Zazzle shop keepers, as I have also done,  may limit the pillow style to square or lumbar depending on specific designs. 

Pillow Outer Shell With Insert Removed

I placed the same design on both sides of the cover but you can find Zazzle pillows in the marketplace with different designs or solid colors on each side.

The photo on the left displays only the pillow cover. You see the zipper open displaying the flat pillow cover inside minus the insert. A major plus for these polyester pillows is since the cover is separate and removable from the insert and is machine washable.

Partially Exposed Pillow Insert
In the image at left the fluffy insert is partially exposed to show what it looks like. I did a search for custom pillows and found a couple of other companies that offer them. On one site it appears you can only customize a square within the center of the pillow cover dimensions. On another site the customization is only offered on a white background.  Of course I'm partial. With thousands of talented artists and photographers selling their work on Zazzle I think you'll find an overwhelming number of beautifully designed and unique pillows. 

Do a search for other companies after you check out  the great selection of creative pillow designs in the Zazzle Marketplace

At the time of this posting, there are 146 pillow reviews on Zazzle by customers with 111 earning 5 stars. You can find the customer reviews midway down the product page. 

What else would you like to know about the 100% polyester throw pillow covers that I haven't mentioned?

I'd love to hear your questions or feedback on this post and the throw pillow in the comments below. 

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