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Send last-minute holiday photo cards right from your iPhone or iPad

Susie Ochs | Dec. 22, 2014
Oh crap--it's less than a week until Christmas. Seriously, when did that happen? I barely registered it was getting so late in December until the holiday cards started showing up in my mailbox. I love getting cards (especially photo cards), but the thought of sitting down and doing a mass mailing so the cards arrive before December 25 stresses me right out.

Once your photo is placed (and you can even use a collage photo you made with an app like Diptic or PicStitch), you can tap Edit Photo to slap on a filter, fix red-eye and blemishes, add meme-style text, play with stickers, or even do that cool color-splash effect where you make the whole photo black-and-white and then paint color back onto certain objects. These are all nice features to have, but I find the filters and effects aren't as good-looking as the ones in apps like Instagram or Snapseed, so I tend to make my edits in one of those apps, export to my Camera Roll, and then use that version in Ink Cards.

Most card designs also let you tweak the color theme, and the Fullscreen button shows a larger preview of what the front of your postcard will look like. Tapping Continue takes you to a screen where you can type a message for the front of the card and the back. The back of the postcard gives you a pretty decent amount of space for composing a message, although I'd love it if the app could show you how many words or characters you have available. But I was able to get this entire paragraph in there with room to spare, so that's pretty good. (Eventually I hit the limit at 115 words, 682 characters, including two paragraph breaks.)

Once you're done writing text, all you have to do is decide who gets a card. You can type in names and addresses, or pull them in from your device's contacts. Military and international addresses are supported (international is an extra dollar), and if you've used the app before, your previous recipients are already front and center. It's just as easy to send to one person as to a hundred — I start with a big batch to a couple dozen relatives, and then as more holiday cards arrive at my house, I can quickly send the same, saved card back to anyone I forgot in the first pass.

All done? Happy holidays!

Once you've paid for your cards, you'll get an email or a push notification to let you know when they're shipped, and again when they're delivered — Sincerely's site says three to seven days, but the in-app estimate on my last order was two to five.

Your design is stored in the Saved tab for easy resending, although you do have the options to recustomize the whole thing before sending it again. But if you want a straight re-do, you can get another one sent in as few as eight taps. Not bad. If you want, you can even have Ink Cards remind you of upcoming holidays — including birthdays — so you don't get in this same position next year. Of course, now that you've seen how easy it is, maybe you won't mind.

Do you send holiday cards from your iPhone or iPad? What are your favorite apps? Let us know in the comments, and have a wonderful — and hopefully stress-free — holiday season.


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