When you want your cards to be memorable, tech can help. These two card creation services help you design custom cards that are so cool, your cards will be remembered long after they are read. These services actually print your cards so that your friends and loved ones can keep them as treasured keepsakes or recycle them, whichever they prefer.
Sure, you can email cards, but who doesn’t like getting an actual card in the mail?
Wahobaloo is a website for making your card a work of art. You don’t need to be an artist, you can become an artist using Whobaloo’s tools. Or you can use creations submitted by other artists.
With Whobaloo you can create cards in all sizes, from business cards to postcards to 8×11 sheets.
Whobaloo provides lots of features to easily create your custom card. You can add a photo, include text and choose from a variety of fonts and colors. You can layer images for unique effects. You can choose the background color and have designs on both the front and back of your card.
Although the site has lots of features, it is easy and intuitive to use.
Once you’re satisfied with your card, you can order it to be printed and mailed to you.
Whobaloo Artist Program
The Whobaloo artist program adds a unique feature to your card. You can choose artwork from Whobaloo artists to be included on your card. You can search for artwork based on genres such as holiday, nature, party, pirates and others. You can also browse by artist if you find someone whose creations are especially appealing. You may want to use your own image and then add border artwork from a Whobaloo artist.
If you’re an artist yourself, you can submit your artwork to Whobaloo to be considered for their site. Whobaloo accepts any form of digital media as art, including photography, graphic art and more. If your artwork is accepted, then you receive a commission every time your artwork is used on a card that’s purchased by a Whobaloo user.
Whobaloo could help you earn some money for your artwork and help you become discovered as an artist!
The price varies based upon the size of the card and the number of cards you order. The minimum order is 10 cards. The price ranges from $0.40 per card for 100+ business cards to $5 per card for 10 5×7 postcards. If you order 190 postcards or more, each costs $1.68.
As of now, shipping is only to US addresses, but Whobaloo hopes to add international shipping soon. Artists can submit their artwork from anywhere in the world.
Postcard on the Run
If you want to create a card that’s pleasing to multiple senses, check out Postcards on the Run. This free app isn’t your typical postcard app, this app is loaded with super cool features. With Postcard on the Run, you can create custom postcards that will be printed and mailed to your friends anywhere in the world.
You can create a 4×6 postcard using a photo from your photo library, from Facebook, or from the camera on your mobile device. You can add a border and select the size and color of the border.
On the back of the postcard, you can add up to 200 characters of text in different fonts and colors, plus you can sign the card with your own handwriting.
Super Cool Features
If you thought adding your own signature was pretty cool (as I did), wait until you see what else Postcard on the Run has to offer!
You can use the GPS on your mobile device to have Postcard on the Run add a map showing your location. If your friends are wondering exactly where you are when you are sending the card, the map can pinpoint your spot.
If you don’t know your friend’s address, Postcard on the Run can try to get it for you. They have an address service called Postal Gopher that can try to get your friend’s address in case you don’t have it handy. Postal Gopher will send and email or text message from you asking your friend for their mailing address.
Your friends can also notify you when they receive their postcards by scanning the QR code on the card with their smartphones. After a card is scanned, you will receive a notice that your card was received.
The very coolest feature of all? You can add a scent to your postcard! That’s right, you can add a scratch and sniff called Smell Mail to your card to add to the sensory experience. Choose from seasonal scents such as holiday spice or pine, or vacation scents such as suntan lotion or ocean breeze.
Your postcard scent options are:
- Baby Powder
- Ocean Breeze
- Fresh Flowers
- Suntan Lotion
- Holiday Spice
- Pine Tree/Christmas Tree
Here’s a video showing you how Postcard on the Run works:
Postcards range in price from $0.99 to $1.69, depending on how many cards you order and where you send them. Scratch and sniff Smell Mail adds an extra 50¢ per card, adding the map of your location is free.
Wonder of Tech readers can save 25% off of the cost of the cards by using the promo code DECFUN, valid through the end of the year.
Postcard on the Run is a free app, available for
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store,
- Android devices at Google Play,
- Windows Phone at the Windows Phone store, and
- Nokia phones at the Nokia store.
Use these creative services to craft unique custom cards!
Do you like mailing cards to friends? Do you like the idea of submitting your art to Whobaloo? Would you like to send a scratch and sniff postcard to a friend? Which scent would you choose? Let us know in the Comments section below!
*Mailbox image by Cindy Cornett Siegle
**Sample Whobaloo Snowman card featuring the work of artist Ann Troe