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Foxes & Angels Greetings Cards review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product that I received for free.  All opinions are my own.

It is always a delight when I receive a nice card with a lovely personal message, so I like to give similar to my family and close friends, either making the cards myself or taking great care choosing ones to purchase. The key criteria for me is that cards should be environmentally friendly, so I was very happy to discover Foxes & Angels, who offered to send me a free pack of cards to review. As times are tough for small businesses right now, I said that 2 cards would be sufficient.

Foxes & Angels Greetings Cards

The cards are beautifully illustrated by Besheer Abbaro, a descendant of Sir Edwin Lutyens the architect, using techniques of lino prints, drawing and painting. I am always in awe of people who can craft such lovely designs. Besheer is very talented like my brother-in-law, who does traditional wood block printing.

It was particularly poignant to receive the Alexandra Palace scene, as that is one of the venues where my mum used to exhibit and teach at craft shows. She used to make so many different types of cards – cross-stitch, iris folding, quilling, tea bag folding to name but a few. I’m sure I got my own love of craft from her.

Foxes & Angels Alexandra Place Christmas Card

These cards are blank inside and measure approximately 18cm by 13cm, so lots of space for your message. The cards are printed on good quality FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified card, as they have been unable to source suitable recycled card to showcase the lovely images but they are still pursuing this. And the envelopes are brown kraft recycled paper. They offer a choice of protective recycled cellophane bags which are made from corn starch or small paper card clasps when you purchase online. The clasps are a peelable label. Alternatively you may opt for neither. I was pleased to see that the external postal packaging also looked recycled and noted the use of paper tape. Their website states that they are always seeking to reduce their carbon footprint where possible.

Foxes & Angels Christmas Card

As well as Christmas cards, the range encompasses birthday, new baby, new home, thinking of you, music exam and everyday cards.

In addition to their own online shop, the cards are also sold via a selection of independent retailers. I think it would be useful to the consumers who purchase the cards via these other stockists, if there were some indication that the bags are biodegradable cellophane and more importantly, how to dispose of them. Perhaps this information could be incorporated onto the reverse of the cards.

It would also be great to see more information on the website regarding estimates of how long the biodegradable recycled cellophane bags take to degrade and whether they are suitable for home or industrial composting.

Foxes & Angels Christmas Card

The pricing of the cards is excellent value, currently most of the range is priced at £2.75 each or packs of 6 for £11. Checkout process is simple.

Do take a look at the range to see all the other great designs. They have a great vintage retro look. And thankfully no pesky glitter or foil embellishments in sight.

Foxes & Angels greetings cards

Foxes & Angels greetings cards

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a selection of both winter and their new spring season greetings cards courtesy of Foxes & Angels to one lucky winner. A lovely prize.

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I think Stag At Night is my favourite and I’d love to hear which card design you like best.

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Greetings Cards which come to life (plus giveaway)

So who has heard of Augmented Reality Greetings Cards? I hadn’t until I was offered the chance to review some free from Hatch Cards. I now know that they are cards which come to life using the Zappar app.

Augmented Reality Greetings Cards

Augmented Reality Greetings Cards

So I downloaded the Zappar app onto my iPhone, then let the boys have some fun testing out the cards. Of course they are both far more up to date than me regarding apps. And son2 showed me that he already has Zappar on his iPod. Apparently some of his books contain Zapcodes.

So together we watched and listened to the Zappar Birthday message video for each of the three cards. Son1 liked the Roarsome lion best whilst son2 liked the alien most.

The boys then played some of the Zappar games that the cards had unlocked. They both enjoyed the jumper frog game best.

Augmented Reality Greetings Cards

Augmented Reality Greetings Cards

These cards currently retail at £2.99 each. Great value in my opinion for all the extra fun you get. I’ve certainly noticed the boys playing the games again and again. The Zappar App is available for both Apple and Android.

And here is a video demonstrating how the cards come to life.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 6 Augmented Reality Greetings Cards courtesy of Hatch Cards to one lucky winner. A lovely fun prize.

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I’d love to hear your ideas for a new type of greetings card?

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Plus a further chance to win 6 more cards. Hatch Cards are also running another competition on Facebook. (closes 31/3)

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.