I used to mail cards to everyone for their birthday and Christmas. I even added presents for my immediate family members too! But, something changed over the last few years. If I managed to find the time to buy cards, fill them out, and find the addresses to put on them; I still began ending up with a stack of cards that never went out. I literally have 2 years worth of Christmas cards that are still in my storage. I even contemplated sending them out still, but I wasn’t sure if there was some kind of date on them. I began doing the unthinkable; just posting Happy Birthday messages on their Facebook walls. I might even give them a call or text, but I rarely send cards anymore. My grandparents aren’t even on Facebook, so they had nothing for me for their anniversary or my Grandpa’s birthday. I used to be the reliable one; the one who would send out cards even when no one sent me any.
Thankfully, I recently discovered Signed, cards. With this service, I can sit down after the kids head to bed, and create beautiful handwritten cards that can be sent out in as little as 3 business days, all without having to go to the store or the post office. I can even pre-schedule cards to go out during various times in the year, so I don’t forget an important birthday or anniversary again. I will no longer have stacks of Christmas cards collecting dust in my garage. As a business owner, this could also be a useful business tool in which I can send handwritten thank you notes to the clients I work with.
For my first order, I decided to send my husband a card, just to say I was thinking about him and that I appreciate him. Not all cards have to be for a specific occasion after all. My husband is the type who hates when people just buy a card off the store shelf and add the names before sending. He likes his cards to be more personalized and meaningful; though a little bit of humor is not out of line either. I knew he’d appreciate the sentiment of mailing him a card; even though we see each other everyday. (There’s just something about receiving a card in the mail that makes you feel special, right?)
I bet you could use a service like this too!
The whole process is very simple, and I am going to walk you through it, so you can order your first card too! Best of all, unlike some services that might seem similar, you are not locked into to paying a monthly fee or buying a certain amount of cards. You can order whenever you want and pay the same low price of just $4.95 for the card, envelope and stamp included.
To start off with, you can select the card you want to send using a variety of different filters, such as the occasion the card is meant for. Since it is a newer service, they’re building up their portfolio of card designs, but they already have over 1300 cards to choose from. They are working with over 80 artist from around the world. I used several of the filters to find the best card for my husband. Isn’t this sloth adorable?
Once you’ve found the card that fits what you are looking for, you select it. Then you will see the front and inside of the card. You can buy the card without signing it, in case you just want to have it on hand for the future. Or, you can save the card for later. But, the majority of the time, you will be ready to sign and order when you are visiting the site or app.
After clicking to sign the card, you will be prompted to write your message on a white sheet of paper. Once you are done with that, you can click “I’ve Written My Message.”
If you are creating the card from the desktop, you will be prompted to enter your cell phone number so they can text you a special link. Once you have typed in your number, you will click “Send Me a Text Message.”
Shortly after that, you will get a text like the one below. You will click this link in order to move on to the next step in the process. It will take you to the uploads page for your card.
Then, you will click “Take a Photo of My Note.” You will line up the letter in your phone’s camera and take a picture.
Next, using Signed, cards’ patent pending technology, you will see your note transposed into the inside of the card on the screen. You can move the words or make them bigger/smaller, so that it fits just right inside.
You are again given the option to save the card, or to buy it. Once you click to buy it, select the date you would like to send it, and enter all of your payment info; you will see a confirmation on the screen that you are finished. For just $4.95, they include the card, envelope, and stamp, along with your handwritten note inside.
The card will arrive in about 3 business days, though holidays may effect delivery time. Even though they have quick delivery, it’s better to schedule the cards in advance if you want to make sure they arrive before a major event.
And as you can see from the below pic, the card looks like a handwritten card. This is a great way to maintain, build and grow real world relationships with others. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, now would be a great time to line up a card for your mother, grandmother, wife, stepmother, or other mother figure in your life. You could even get a head-start on Father’s Day and Graduations now too!
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Disclosure: I received samples and compensation in exchange for providing this walk-through. All opinions expressed are my own.