Chance to win a free metal print from MPix!

EDIT: CONTEST CLOSED

(Note that the metal print featured in this post was provided free of charge by MPix for me to review.)

If you've seen my posts lately and thought Jordan and I were doing a bit more around the house than usual, you were right. August marked the start of our third year here in Oregon, and for us that is a significant record. The last time I lived in the same place this long ended when I was 15, so you know, we're celebrating! It has now occurred to us that we do in fact live here, so we've been doing a few things so that the house reflects that.

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Between my scrapbooking habit and our mutual photography habit, Jordan and I are not really short of things to hang on the wall. And it's very satisfying to see something you made hanging up in a special place.

We decided we needed something exciting to hang above our bed: not only is it a big empty space, but it's one that we see easily as the wall at the foot of our bed is covered in a giant mirror, so we can actually see the wall behind us when laying on our bed.

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Knowing that many of you at Pixel Scrapper have a passion for photography and printing, and since we've been asked about large-format printing on a number of occasions, we thought we would take this opportunity to do some research on metal printing that might benefit those of you looking to potentially print something to hang on an empty wall in your own home.

If you've seen a metal print, you know that they are pretty amazing. We went to an art fair a few weeks ago and all the photographers were showing their work through metal prints. These aluminum prints are so vibrant and life-like, it's hard to really choose any other medium once you've stood in front of one (these photos I'm sharing here really don't do justice to how amazing these prints look in person).

We knew for this print we wanted something with dramatic light, to make the most use of the vibrancy of the metal, so we chose a photo Jordan took of a sunrise in Thailand.

The next step was to find a company to make the print. Jordan did a bunch of research online, and made a short list of companies that had excellent reviews. Our first choice was MPix, since we had used them for regular photo printing before, and were extremely happy with the quality of the prints we received. We asked them if they'd be willing to provide a metal print for us to review for this post, and they agreed! Their customer service was excellent and responsive: so we placed a complimentary order for a 20 x 30-inch print, and waited for it to arrive.

We were shocked when the print arrived the very next day via expedited shipping. It was expertly wrapped in multiple layers of protective packaging, and looked flawless once we unwrapped it. We love our large canvas prints (I've posted about canvas printing before), but held side-by-side to the metal print, the canvas almost looks dull, because the metal is just so vibrant and bright.

Now the amazing thing is that we intentionally chose a photo for this print that was not only taken with a compact 10-megapixel camera, but was actually taken through the window of a moving train! We know that many of you don't have professional SLR cameras, and we wanted to see if it was possible to get good results printing a very "regular" photo out at a large 20 x 30-inch format. We did a little bit or retouching in Photoshop before sending the photo to MPix, but the results are fantastic: you'd never guess that the picture was taken with a small amateur camera, much less through a train window!

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So the verdict is in: we love metal prints, you can print out a regular 10-megapixel photo at large scale using metal, and MPix is great: we will doubtless be using them again both for metal and traditional photo printing. In fact, we like this print so much that we're actively looking for blank walls in our home where we might have an excuse to hang another one!

A special metal printing discount for you!

MPix is providing a special discount coupon just for Pixel Scrapper members, that will let you get 20% off of any metal print order. But hurry: this coupon is only good until October 31! To take advantage, visit http://www.mpix.com/products/homedecor/modern-metal-prints to create a print order, and enter coupon code pixelmetal15 at checkout.

(This is a one-time use code, meaning it can be used on only one order, but there can be multiple metals in that one order.)

Win a FREE metal print!

MPix has also generously offered to provide $155 worth of completely FREE metal printing to one lucky Pixel Scrapper member! Use the credit to get a huge 20x30" metal print like the one above, or get multiple smaller prints--the choice is yours! All you need to do to be entered into the running for a chance to win the free print is leave a comment on this blog post about where in your home you would love to hang a metal print(s) of your own.

(Note: unfortunately, MPix is only able to ship within the United States and Canada :(. For our international members: please leave a comment letting us know if you have any metal print shop recommendations for your location).

Recent Comments

Jessica Dunn✒️
Jessica Dunn✒️ Tue, 10/27/2015 - 18:11

Daguerreotypes & tintypes are my favorite kind of photography medium so these sound very intriguing! I have an front entrance hall of our 1830s home in need of some wall candy. :) Thanks for the chance!

Angela Jorczak
Angela Jorczak Tue, 10/27/2015 - 09:02

Wow, that's great. Metals are stunning I have to say. I would hang one above my headboard too! It needs something beautiful but dramatic ;)

BillyJean Holland
BillyJean Holland Tue, 10/27/2015 - 07:30

I love what you have done, building a community the way you have. You should be very proud of yourself and the others that also give so much of themselves. I thank you

Joddie Samuelson
Joddie Samuelson Mon, 10/26/2015 - 21:35

Beautiful!

bobbie smith
bobbie smith Mon, 10/26/2015 - 15:38

In the bedroom over the bed.... Love your print!

Nicole Benitez
Nicole Benitez Mon, 10/26/2015 - 14:02

Definitely above the mantle in the living room!
Great print you've got there, Marisa ;)

Charlene Batchelor
Charlene Batchelor Mon, 10/26/2015 - 04:38

I think the best place in my house is over my bed in my room.

Gayle Escobar
Gayle Escobar Mon, 10/26/2015 - 03:21

I'm making a gallery wall in my living room.... I have zero metal pictures and this would be perfect there!

Beverly Turner
Beverly Turner Sat, 10/24/2015 - 07:43

Well I have never won anything, but I will give it a try. Remodeling the basement. It needs something very pretty. Good luck to everyone.

Jennifer Keller
Jennifer Keller Fri, 10/23/2015 - 21:57

Would love to have one in my living room. Yours looks awesome!

Linda Cobbley
Linda Cobbley Fri, 10/23/2015 - 21:18

I have the PERFECT wall to hang a metal print on! I have looked at these for some time but haven't got on for myself as of yet!

sherry pennington
sherry pennington Fri, 10/23/2015 - 21:00

Wow, I have never heard of metal prints....it looks gorgeous. I would love to win this prize :) I think that I would do 2 or 3 smaller metals of the mushrooms and such that I love to take photos of. I would hang them in the living room :)

Lyn Montes
Lyn Montes Fri, 10/23/2015 - 20:54

Wow Beautiful print. I would love to hang it in our bedroom, what a beautiful image to make up to.

karla dunham
karla dunham Fri, 10/23/2015 - 18:33

Love metal prints! I would hang one above the fireplace in the family room.

Marilee Winiarski
Marilee Winiarski Fri, 10/23/2015 - 17:31

Wow, what a cool offer, thanks for the opportunity. I would hang a metal print across from our front entry hall entrance so that anyone entering our home would see it first thing! The only issue would be what photo to choose...but I'll figure that out if given the opportunity :)

Gracie Hugh
Gracie Hugh Fri, 10/23/2015 - 17:10

I would love to have a metal print of the photo my husband took when he was in Vietnam. I think it will look stunning in our bedroom. Thank you for the suggestion I will definitely check out mpix.

Scrappysal Ruf
Scrappysal Ruf Fri, 10/23/2015 - 15:11

I've not heard of a metal print but I just placed an order for one to see what it would look like. I chose a picture I took this summer of a mountain in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. Thanks so much for the coupon! I can hardly wait. I'm sure it will beautiful.

Annie Miller
Annie Miller Fri, 10/23/2015 - 14:04

I would love to hang one in my bedroom or in our family room!

Alice Kelly
Alice Kelly Fri, 10/23/2015 - 13:21

My family room wall!

Cheryl Gebhart
Cheryl Gebhart Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:02

I would love to have a metal print of my grandson hanging in my living room.

Katrina Layer
Katrina Layer Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:34

I've been wanting to get a large print (canvas or metal) of my daughter's graduation photo that I took down at Rothrock. This would be perfect; probably would place it in my hallway gallery walls

Karen Cowger
Karen Cowger Fri, 10/23/2015 - 08:49

Wow, truly stunning! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE- to have a metal print to hang one of our photos in our home! Thanks Marisa and Mpix for a chance to win such a lovely product!!

Marie Ann
Marie Ann Fri, 10/23/2015 - 08:11

OOhhh! Stunning! I would love to hang a metal print in the entryway where people would be wowed and impressed every day!

Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis Fri, 10/23/2015 - 08:03

I'm not sure I've seen these metal prints before, but they look exciting. I got a 1st place ribbon at our county fair for a tulip picture I took this past Spring. That would be the one that would go on the wall in our living room if I were fortunate enough to be the winner of the free print.

Slynne Burns
Slynne Burns Fri, 10/23/2015 - 06:26

Great photo! I would hang one in my bedroom.

Heather Laurence
Heather Laurence Fri, 10/23/2015 - 05:39

Definitely in the dining room. I have the perfect spot picked out. Beautiful. Oh, and the perfect picture. It is one I took while camping and I must say..It turned out awesome.

Vicki Iseminger
Vicki Iseminger Fri, 10/23/2015 - 04:39

I would LOVE to have a big metal print to hang in my living room. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sharon Adkisson
Sharon Adkisson Thu, 10/22/2015 - 14:38

One of these would be gorgeous in our dining room!

Kelly Vant
Kelly Vant Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:39

Oh my goodness that metal print is gorgeous! I have a very small metal print that a friend gave me (I think she orders through MPix) and its just so cool. I would LOVE a large print like yours to hang in my living room, but I would be tempted to order a few smaller ones as Christmas presents for the myself (of course, ha) and the grandparents. Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

Carla Cooper
Carla Cooper Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:23

OH! I know exactly what photo and precisely where I'd put a metal print! We took an awesome double-intent vacation in 2011. We had to travel to SC to grab our newly-minted Marine from Parris Island. We hadn't been on a real vacation in years so we took the entire week off ahead of graduation. I happened to take the most stunning sunset picture, as well. We were on the beach at Edisto Island and I caught the colors and the water and the sea grass. It's just amazing. I was very proud of that and I've wanted to have it done, but just never got around to it. Now's the time! I'd love to hang it on my "favorite places" wall, as the centerpiece in our living room. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jill Lloyd
Jill Lloyd Thu, 10/22/2015 - 09:04

I have a spot waiting for a giant print of the ocean. And I'm excited that mpix ships to Canada!

Wind Swept
Wind Swept Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:49

I would LOVE to have a large metal print to hang on my photo wall next to the lovely canvas print I have of my son when he was deployed to Iraq it was a Mother's Day gift.

Michelle Henson
Michelle Henson Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:45

I have a blank space above my couch that is just crying out for something! I would choose a photo of my favorite place, Yosemite National Park.

Dawn Prater
Dawn Prater Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:27

We bought a 110 year old church (called the Earp Church because it was built by a relative of Wyatt Earp) and remodled it into our home. The living room has 12 foot ceilings and so it takes larger art to look normal, otherwise it looks like a postage stamp. Anyway, in the living room is definitely where I would hang my metal print, along side an original Buck Tayler rendition of Curly Bill from the movie Tombstone, and a Michal Goddard print as well as an original David St Claire. Not many pieces because we've only been in the house for 4 years.

Kayla Newlin
Kayla Newlin Thu, 10/22/2015 - 06:59

I would love to have one of my pictures from our honeymoon adventures hanging on my living room wall. I'm sure any of the ones we took at the Arches National Park or the Grand Canyon would look awesome as a metal print!

Rosemary Kanspedos
Rosemary Kanspedos Thu, 10/22/2015 - 06:48

We are de-cluttering our home and going very simplistic, no TV or electronic items in our living room. I would like to put one large picture above the sofa to add color and calmness to the first room people see when they enter.

Danielle Compton
Danielle Compton Thu, 10/22/2015 - 05:56

In our living room! With my husbands metal car signs :)

Terri Ferguson
Terri Ferguson Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:31

In my husband's workshop!!
I know that must sound ridiculous compared to bedrooms, lounges and family rooms, but he has a section in his workshop dedicated to fishing and I have the most stunning pic of him on the boat hooked on and enjoying himself. He supports a 'catch and release' policy so all we every have of the fish is photos :-)
I just think that the metal print would look very much in place in a workshop with all the tools etc.
Thanks for the opportunity!!
Terri

Violet Irisovna
Violet Irisovna Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:11

I don't know if I'm allowed to play :) In case I am: I'd love to hang one of these prints in my bedroom. Not over the bed, though, too many earthquakes here, no metal allowed above our heads ;)

I had a large canvas print printed a while back on your recommendation from a review similar to this one, and I think it looks fantastic. I'm getting great decorating tips from you!

Poodle Dabbert
Poodle Dabbert Wed, 10/21/2015 - 21:03

I would hang a metal print over an archway to my office!

Emily Silverman
Emily Silverman Wed, 10/21/2015 - 19:07

How exciting! I will have to check them out!

Christianna Hullihen
Christianna Hullihen Wed, 10/21/2015 - 18:54

I love MPix I get many photos and projects printed with them. Their customer service is amazing and they take great efforts in making sure you're work looks it's best. I love how they wrap everything up to keep it safe during shipping and everything is reviewed by an inspector who stamps the items before the product leaves their facilities. I've been looking at and considering the metal prints for a project that I've had in process for a few years. In my hallway I have a wall with a diagonal edge that runs with my stairs that is deep red. That wall is my "Memory Wall" ever time I capture a memory that is truly something we want to remember for ever, I get a print made in black and white and to go on display. Most of those items are only 4x6's but there are some big shiny memories that need displayed a little bigger and brighter (and in color too!).

Carrie Barron
Carrie Barron Wed, 10/21/2015 - 18:17

Awesome! We have a big blank space on one of our living room walls. Thanks!

Krissy Collette
Krissy Collette Wed, 10/21/2015 - 17:22

Where in the world have I been?! I've never even heard of metal prints!! (They look gorgeous though!) I need to figure out something for above my sofa in our living room- thanks!

Shelley Carter
Shelley Carter Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:38

I would love to have some metal prints of my kids going up the wall by my staircase which is open to and looks over my living room!

Jen Wilson
Jen Wilson Wed, 10/21/2015 - 13:40

I don't have much empty wall space, but I would totally rearrange a wall in the living room to make space for one or more of these!

Beatrice Loren
Beatrice Loren Wed, 10/21/2015 - 13:39

Just gorgeous! I don't think I've ever taken a photo worthy of that size but I'll remember your review. Your bed is just lovely too! :-)

Kaleena Farmer
Kaleena Farmer Wed, 10/21/2015 - 13:25

I have seen metal prints but never had anything of my own printed that way. I would want to create something to hang in the formal sitting room of our new house.

Tina Shaw
Tina Shaw Wed, 10/21/2015 - 13:06

Metal prints are awesome! I have 2 collections in my house...our "media" room and our hallway! :)

karen Robinson
karen Robinson Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:52

I love metallic prints! I have a great fall photo begging for this format! I would put it above my fireplace in my living room. Thanks for the chance to win!

Erika Chacón
Erika Chacón Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:35

Fantástico !

Tamara Uijtdewillegen
Tamara Uijtdewillegen Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:31

I live in the Netherlands and have recently ordered metal prints at a chain called Hema! Good quality and they look very nice!

Chrystal Utley
Chrystal Utley Wed, 10/21/2015 - 11:52

would love to put some in our bedroom, we dont have anything up in our room.

Erin Crouch
Erin Crouch Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:42

I'd love to have a multiple smaller metal prints hanging in my living room... Or maybe one large one over the bed in our master bedroom! I love mpix! I found their prints to be the highest quality of any online printer that I've used.