Friday, February 5, 2010

Sticviews Review and Giveaway {Closed}




One fine day I was contemplating how I could get the word out about my blog to a local audience. There are many resources online, but I really wanted something more hands on and tangible. That is when I discovered sticviews. They make custom prints that you can stick on virtually any surface. A myriad of ideas were flying through my mind as I was looking at their website and at examples of how other people have used sticviews. They were very kind to let me try their service and I ordered three car 'stics' of my Eco-Babyz logo, two large ones for the side doors and one small one for the rear bumper.



ORDERING: The ordering process is very easy. First of course you need to create your design in a program like Photoshop. You can also just upload a photo or use an image from their image gallery. Once the image is uploaded/selected, you can specify the dimensions, shape, and material of your stic. You can also add text or color/patterns. All of this is done in a very user friendly control panel.


PRICING: The prices vary very slightly for each material (cloth, white stic, clear stic, or non-sticky art paper). They are all in the range of $0.10 per square inch though (or less). So a 10" x10" clear stic costs $10.07. My entire oder of 3 car stics was just over $50, a small price to pay for great advertising (though sticviews generously covered the tab for Eco-Babyz this time).





APPLICATION: I think the application of the stic is the trickiest part. The smaller your stic, the easier it will be to apply of course. The two stics on the sides of our car were three feet long and two sets of hands are helpful when applying a large stic. One thing to make sure of before application is that your surface is completely clean and dry. If you are applying it on a car, I highly recommend the Croftgate USA Eco-friendly waterless car wash.
Tips:

  • Your stic will arrive rolled up in a cardboard tube. The night before you plan to apply it, I suggest that your roll it out and place it under something to flatten it. This will make application easier. I did not actually do this and it was hard to get the stic edges to adhere to the surface because they would roll up.
  • I learned the hard way about application in cold weather, so take note. It was well below zero and we applied this in a friend's garage. We sprayed a little bit of water on the sticky side from the supplied spray tube (following directions), this helps you position the stic perfectly before it actually sticks to the surface. At the same time though it creates a thin layer of milky white glue behind the stic that later dries clear. In our case though it did not dry, it froze because it was so cold outside. Then it thawed when it got warmer, and when it started sleeting (yeay, New England) water got behind the stic. So for cold weather application I suggest either applying it dry with no water (use the supplied squeegee to get the air bubbles out) or waiting until there are 5 dry, moderately warm days in the forecast.







POSSIBILITIES: This is where I found it tough because I wanted to do so many things with these stics! I thought of creating a wall mural for my daughter's bedroom and a piece of tropical artwork for our master bedroom. I finally settled on the car stic to advertise Eco-Babyz though. Here are some great ideas for what you can do with stics:

  • Wall art for kids rooms
  • Custom iPod skins
  • Custom window signs (for businesses)
  • Simulated stained glass
  • Custom photo enlargements
  • Seasonal decor
  • Custom laptop skins


COMPANY: I always look for companies that are environmentally responsible and sticviews is no exception. While the vinyl material of the stics is not something I personally advocate for indoors, they do have the great cloth stic option that is ideal for kids rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else in the house really. As for environmental responsibility, sticviews is powered by 100% renewable energy, they use energy star equipment, and their website is hosted on a Greenspace server. Moreover, sticviews are reusable and can give new life to functional objects that would otherwise be discarded.


Sticviews is generously giving away $50 to design and create your own custom sticview of any sort!



HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

MANDATORY ENTRY (one comment):

1. Visit the Sticviews website and tell us an idea of what you would use a sticview for if you win.

Additional Entries (each one in a separate comment please, NOT COUNTED UNLESS MANDATORY ENTRY IS COMPLETED):

2. Sign up for the sticviews newsletter on their blog or on Facebook.
3. Follow Eco-Babyz through Google Friend Connect (sidebar bottom left)
4. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter (or let us know if you already follow)
5. Follow @sticviews on Twitter
6. Tweet about this giveaway (once per day). Include link to this post and tag @Ecoblogz and @sticviews! Leave your Twitter name in the comment.
7. Subscribe to Eco-Babyz or let us know you already do (feedburner, top right sidebar)



You can also become a fan of Eco-Babyz on Facebook or Sticviews just for fun. That will give you zero entries though because Facebook has new rules for promotions and giveaways.

Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday Feb. 14. The winner will be selected using Random.org on Monday, Feb. 15, and notified by email (so please be sure I have a way to get in touch with you). Open to US residents only. Thank you!


Disclaimer:



I did not receive payment in any form for this review.



I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.

29 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! If I won I would also do car graphics! Great advertising :)

    jessicalwestbrook at gmail dot com

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  2. Following via google friend connect

    jessicalwestbrook at gmail dot com

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  3. I follow @ecoblogz on twitter @lepetitowlet

    jessicalwestbrook at gmail dot com

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  4. I would use it for tile decoration on my backsplash in the kitchen.
    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

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  5. to stick on a window mverno@roadrunner.com

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  6. Follow @EcoBlogz on twitter(Missybeez80)
    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

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  7. follow Follow @sticviews on twitter(Missybeez80)
    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

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  8. What a cool idea! I love to get a laptop skin for my brother as a gift, or maybe a car decal for myself. I'd love to win--my fingers are crossed!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  9. I have an online boutique so I'd definitely get a SticView for my car to help advertise!

    jenicagirl at yahoo dot com

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  10. I would use it for a laptop skin. My computer is so boring right now!
    Beth
    bethnaf at hotmail dot com

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  11. following @sticviews on twitter as @lepetitowlet

    jessicalwestbrook at gmail dot com

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  12. How cool is that Microwave stic??? Love it.
    lizandbryan(at)yahoo
    southernfriedgreenmom.blogspot.com

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  13. I am following via Blogger
    lizandbryan at yahoo
    southernfriedgreenmom.blogspot.com

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  14. I have your button. ;)
    lizandbryan at yahoo dot com

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  15. I would use it for garage decorating purposes. Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  16. I would use it for wall decorating in the house - perhaps a giant tree like Mom has always wanted to put family pictures on... trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  17. I'm now Followin @EcoBlogz on Twitter, id electricisland

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  18. Following thru google connect as georgie c

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  19. That's really cool! I'd totally do a wall stic to put in the baby's nursery :)

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  20. I would do a truck grapic for my son.

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