Design News: Send Letterpress Holiday Greeting Cards via Snail Mail with the “Cards” App

Although digital greeting cards offer a certain level of convenience, they certainly lack that tangible, tactile qualities that make snail-mail greeting cards so special (at least for the paper/typography lovers over here at If this rings true for you, check out this cute new app called Cards that allows you to customize a letterpress greeting card from your iPhone and send it through the mail– no stamps or envelope sealing required.

"Cards," a letterpress greeting card iPhone app.

“Take a quick snapshot and with a few taps and swipes, an elegant thank you note or ‘wish-you-were-here’ card is on its way to any mailbox in the world,” states Apple on the Cards iTunes page. “Choose from 21 designs and customize your card with a personal message and photo. Then select a mailing address from your Contacts and place your order in seconds. All your cards are saved automatically, so it’s easy to send an invitation or birth announcement to more than one person.”

It’s free to download the app, but you’ll pay sales tax and postage ($2.99 for cards sent within the U.S. and $4.99 to anywhere else) to mail your elegantly debossed greeting card. It doesn’t look like Apple offers a huge variety of typeface choices or truly custom designs… but at least you can incorporate your own photos.

Alternatively, if animated greeting cards are your style… check out this one from digital media artists Tripp and Jenna Watt of New York-based Phantasmic who specialize in music videos, animations, fashion films, and various interactive video installation projects.

A Petite, Yet Extraordinary Holiday Greeting!

Short film by Tripp and Jenna Watt of Phantasmic.

"A Petite, Yet Extraordinary Holiday Greeting" animated greeting card

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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