Back in January, I saw the “Trellis” place cards from Sharyn Sowell featured in some bridal magazine. I really loved the romantic look of the silhouette. I contacted Sharyn and found out that it takes several weeks to produce the order because the cards are handmade. I was fine with that; my wedding isn’t until 2008. There was a minimum order of 50 cards, and they were $100 per set of 50. I thought, it’s a bit pricey, but they look romantic and classy, and not too formal, so I placed an order.
Last week, I realized that I had not been charged for the cards, nor have I received them. I contacted her via email, and she was ecstatic to hear from me. Apparently, her computer had crashed, and she lost a bunch of order information. My cards were completed, but she didn’t have a way to get in touch with me. Because of the inconvenience, she offered to supply me with 25 extra place cards. I told her I didn’t need additional place cards; I had already ordered more than I needed. She said that she would enclose some of her letterpress cards instead. I thought that was very nice, and I anxiously awaited the package.
Yesterday, the cards arrived. And honestly, I’m disappointed. The “Trellis” design itself is very cute. I love it. However, the construction of the place card overall is fair at best. There are four paper components to the card. A scalloped-edged white under card, a black and white striped scalloped-edged over card, a piece of vellum, and then the scalloped-edged card with the “Trellis” design. The card components appear and feel like standard cardstock; the “Trellis” design was not printed using letterpress or thermography. I am aware that there are variations in handmade cards. However, I don’t think visibly crooked placement of the components or including some card components without scalloped edges as an acceptable variations.

This is one of the better constructed cards.
Trellis place card

It looks like I can take apart the cards without destroying them. I’ll straighten out the cards, re-scallop the edges, and glue them back together. I just wish I didn’t have deconstruct/reconstruct these cards.

*EDIT: When asked by her for feedback, I honestly described the concerns I had with the cards, and she kindly offered me a partial refund. I declined the refund telling her that I appreciate the work that went into the cards, and I guess my batch of cards were a fluke.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the concept of the cards, and with a little more work, they will be perfectly fine.