There was once a time when anyone wanting to mark a special occasion with a greeting card would be required to brave the psychedelic torture of a trip to Clinton Cards. Now you can create and send a card from your desk with services such as Moonpig. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how.
Thanks to Funky Pidgeon, Hello Turtle, Moonpig and others, you no longer have to make an arduous journey to secure a ‘Sorry your Surface tablet didn’t prove an effective skateboard’ card.
Online services offer a different way of providing for your amusing stationary needs. Personalised greetings cards have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with companies such as Moonpig, Hello Turtle, and Funky Pigeon offering an impressive range of customisable missives.
Many of the features, and indeed the way in which you use them, are common to most of the websites. The options are generally to either select an existing design that you like and insert the name of your intended recipient, or for the more adventurous you can upload your own image which can then be incorporated to the many templates available.
When you’ve finished your masterpiece you can tell the company to post the creation directly, meaning you don’t even have to make the trip to the post office. How very civilised.
If a static image is too traditional then Moonpig now also offer video cards. These can be created on your smartphone or computer, where you leave a simple, short message which the recipient can view on their smartphone via the free Moonpig app. Most of the companies also offer personalised Calendars, Mugs, T-Shirts, Alchohol, Flowers and - of course - those ubiquitous cuddly toys.
Creating your own simple, personalised gift has never been easier or more convenient. In this guide we’ll take you step by step through the process (using Moonpig) so that you’ll never need to suffer the tyranny of wrapping paper merchants again.
How to make a greetings card with Moonpig
1. Browse to www.moonpig.com and set up a free account by selecting the Login/Register option on the top menu bar. The signup process is very short and does not require you to enter your credit card details.
2. On the homepage, cards available are sorted into handy sections (Birthdays, Weddings. etc.), with a more detailed list in the left column. If you’re after a specific image then use a keyword in the search box: ‘Computer’ for example.
3. The results returned 89 possible designs that match ‘Computer’. These are displayed in a grid with the highlighted option expanded on the left. Now simply browse through the list for a suitable card, and let the customisation begin!
4. Once you’ve found a design, highlight it so that it appears in the preview pane. Here you’ll find four tabs across the top which show you the various areas of the card and which elements can be customised.
5. After selecting the card size from the drop down menu in the preview pane, click ‘Next Step’. Now you are taken to the Personalisation area. Here you can select which pages you want to edit by clicking on the relevant icon.
6. Clicking on the front page brings up an edit field where a replacement name can be entered. To edit the dedication inside select the ‘Inside Right’ icon, then move your mouse over the empty space to highlight the sections available.
7. Clicking on each section will allow you to enter text. This can be edited via the drop down menu which offers different fonts. There are also standard options such as colour, alignment, and a slider for increasing or decreasing text size.
8. Once you’re happy with your creation click the Order Now button. This will take you to a page that asks where you want the card delivered. You can either have it sent to yourself, or directly to your intended recipient.
9. A convenient feature is that you can decide when the card is posted. This means you can arrange a card in advance, rather than needing to make the order a couple of days before it needs to arrive.