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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

E-Cards are soooo 2007 – Send Your Own Recipe Greeting Cards!

Send out Cards

I know that you’ve not known me that long, but you’ve gotta believe that when I squeal in excitement like a monkey in heat – it’s good. Real good.

See those cards? My photos, my designs, and inside? My recipes!

Ok, ok. Let me share with you how I did it, because it was sooo easy and you could do the same. OMG, where do I start? I’ll just show you.

All you have to do is:

  1. Upload photo/graphic for front of card
  2. Type in the inside text. The font can even be in your own handwriting.
  3. Choose recipient(s). Click SEND.

The company called Send Out Cards prints, stuffs, stamps and sends out your card. No licking envelopes, finding a stamp or buying ugly greeting cards at the store.

And a few days later, your recipient gets a real card in the mail. No more stupid spyware infected e-cards! YEAH!

The cost is 1/3 the cost of a greeting card at the store, starting at $0.31 for one card (meaning you don’t have to buy in bulk. cards are professionally printed and sent one at a time)

Here’s the front of one of the cards:

Send Out Cards

They are glossy, thick (like the expensive Hallmark cards) and the photo quality is amazing. I customized the front of this one with, “Sunday Morning with the Boys.”

The Inside

Send Out Cards Sample

This particular card I chose to be tri-fold and inserted more photos and told a story about how the boys made German Oven Pancakes. Basically, I turned my blog post into a beautiful card and sent it to my Mom, who loved it. This tri-fold card cost me $1.24 to make and send + $0.41 postage.

A bi-fold card

Bi-Fold Card

You send in your handwriting and signature. If you have messy chicken-scratch handwriting, you can use one of their fonts instead (like that one above). Insert a jpg of your business card if you want. This bi-fold card costs me $0.93 to make and send + $0.41 postage.

Here’s my handwriting font

Send Out Cards

And noooo, I can’t tell you what the rest of the card said!!!

The envelope

Envelope

No more licking stamps or trying to find an envelope.

A postcard + lots of templates!

Send Out cards Forget food – put a pic of your cute pet or an old photo of your son at 4 months old flipping his Mama off.

He couldn’t even say one word yet, but didn’t need to, I guess. (yeah, that’s Nathan)

There are over 12,000 frames, layouts, designs to choose from.

I just uploaded the booger-butt’s photo, chose a frame to customize it. This postcard cost me $0.62 + $0.26 postage.

I thought this frame was cute for a postcard, because I couldn’t find one that said,

“This is what I think of diaper rash.”

Nathan’s signature

Special Signature

Ok, another food porn card:

Send Out Cards Blogs, emails and websites are nice, but there’s just nothing like getting a real card in the mail.

E-cards just suck in general.

The Send Out Cards system is all web-based, and you can import in your contact database.

Create and send a card to 1 person or 1000 in less than a minute. The price per card is the same.

Thank you’s, Christmas, birthdays, just because, business, etc.

Live Demo!

Join me on a phone + web demonstration Monday March 10th evening 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST. My friend, Jules and I will be doing a live demonstration of SendOutCards, the company who is responsible for this awesome card system. I’ll be customizing the demo just for food bloggers.

For the demo, just listen in (you don’t even have to talk!) and watch on the screen as we walk you step by step. I’ll be giving you some of my points to send out cards of your own!

And yeah, I KNOW. SendOutCards corp website sucks. But I promise you that you will absolutely loooove my demo!

To keep the group small and manageable, I’m limiting it to just a handful of people on the line, so if you are interested, email me directly at [email protected] to RSVP and I’ll forward you the web conference details. I do make nice little referral fee for anyone who want to use this system – which I am very, very happy to share right back to whoever participates in the call! (just send me some chocolates!)

You can send cards internationally, and I will have a separate call for people who live outside the U.S.

Can’t wait to show you!!!

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p.s. No, this isn’t my big announcement….BUT I PROMISE, I’LL REVEAL THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT SOON. And to answer your emails that I’ve been getting:

I’m not pregnant

This card thing is NOT my company – THOUGH I wish it was cuz I’d be a gazillionaire!

Though the big announcement does involve a “Dear John” letter (not to my loving husband, of course) and I will announce it NEXT WEDNESDAY <– hint hint



58 Responses to “E-Cards are soooo 2007 – Send Your Own Recipe Greeting Cards!”

  1. eliza — 3/9/08 @ 12:07 am

    nice card! i love to get one of those too Jade ;P

  2. let’s make t-shirts too! need some steamy kitchen merchandise

  3. Kaykat — 3/10/08 @ 5:11 pm

    Great idea! Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks, Jaden. Now all you need to do is send me a card :D

  4. Ashley — 3/11/08 @ 10:58 pm

    can we watch the non-live-at-this-point demo anywhere? i’d love to see your take on this!

  5. Hey nice blog my friend.There is unique web-based system that allows you to send real greeting cards online with a click of your mouse! You choose type message and upload a picture into your card . We print stuff ,stamp and send it!

  6. Online Gifts — 7/6/09 @ 6:44 am

    Some great ideas here. We print our own cards and you have given me a few more ideas to play with now.

  7. Meathead — 12/18/09 @ 1:48 pm

    OMG! I am soooo gonna steal this for next year!

  8. Jen — 11/1/12 @ 4:20 pm

    so when i send the cards out, it would always say Sent from Salt Lake City, UT? just wondering?

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