Friday, May 3, 2013

TNM's official Mother's Day warning: send mum a card

Mother's Day is coming up in a couple of weekends so consider this your reminder to send dear ol' mum a card before it's too late.

If you are like me you probably use the Apple card app which allows you to choose a photo from your iPhone or iPad, and send off the card fairly quickly – and it's no more expensive that driving to the drug store to buy one, put a stamp on it and put it in the mail yourself (in fact, I find it cheaper).

Well, here is another option for you, another card app for sending handwritten cards from your iPad. Felt Cards are $3.99 to send (one dollar more than Apple Cards) but allow you to write your own card with a stylus. Here is the press release on this new app along with their video:

New App Brings Back Handwritten Cards: Signed, Sealed, Delivered--All From Your iPad
The FELT Cards iPad App revives old-school tradition

TELLURIDE, Colo., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Felt, a first-of-its-kind iPad app, enables people to write and send personal, handwritten cards in the mail. Instead of hunting for a stamp or envelope, you can now simply pull out your iPad, select from one of many expertly designed cards and handwrite a personal message on the touchscreen. Felt then prints, seals, stamps and sends the card for you.

Sending a handwritten thank you note was once a time-honored tradition. But with the rise of email, text messaging and social sites like Facebook, the majority of our correspondence has gone digital. Many people can't remember the last time they sent or received a handwritten card––a fact Felt hopes to change.

"We're communicating now more than ever, but nothing can replace the feeling of receiving something uniquely personal from a friend or loved one in the mail," says founder Tomer Alpert . "With Felt we wanted to make it easier for anyone to send a handwritten note, and bring back the excitement of opening your mailbox."

The Felt app offers several tools to customize your personal message, including different pens and inks, and a handy eraser. After composing your message, you also address the envelope by hand. For a flat rate of $3.99, your writing is printed on premium Mohawk card stock and a kraft paper envelope, then mailed within 24 hours anywhere in the US, via the US Postal Service. Felt plans to offer international shipping options in the near future.

The app features multiple card designs to choose from, for occasions ranging from birthdays to professional thank yous to Mother's Day. You can jot a quick note using just your finger, but the app's creators recommend using a stylus to write a longer message in your familiar pen stroke.

"Even though Felt cards are written on the iPad, when someone receives one in the mail, it looks just like you wrote it with a pen and paper," says Alpert. "And they can tell you really took the time to do something thoughtful."

Felt is a free iPad app and can be downloaded from the Apple App store.

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