Top 6 Tips To Choose A Personalized Card

Everybody loves receiving birthday cards and what better way to make your card stand out from the crowd than to personalize it? You don’t need to be a fantastic artist to create your own birthday card, there are plenty of online options that will help you make a special card for a special recipient. And we’re here to help too. Below we’ve outlined some tips to help you design your own card. All you have to do is follow our advice, and you’ll have a great card in no time!

Choose a Site…
There are plenty of sites online that will let you design your own cards, so you have plenty of options. Don’t limit yourself to just one site, have a look around and see which page has the best card for you. A lot of sites are free, such as someecards.com, or bluemountain.com, others, such as americangreetings.com and hallmark.com are paid sites. The benefit of a paid site is that you tend to have more choice, and that you can have physical cards delivered. Cards personalized on free sites are generally ecards, meaning they get delivered to an email address rather than a physical location.

Choose a Design…
There are loads of designs to choose from, so take your time deciding which one to go for. Your biggest decision is whether to have a video or animated card, or just a picture card. There are benefits to both. Video cards are more entertaining, and are fun to receive. However, they are also pretty loud. If you think your recipient is going to open his card in the office, then you might want to avoid sending a video. Videos are also more difficult to access and open, so you might prefer to use a picture card for an older person or someone who isn’t too technologically inclined.

Be Appropriate…
Think about who you’re sending the card to, and what kind of person they are. One of the problems with having so many choices of card is that it can be overwhelming. But think about the hobbies or interests of the recipient. And do make sure that the card is appropriate, not all cards are meant for all people, and there are plenty of cheeky or downright dirty cards out there. If you do decide on a video card, ensure that you watch the whole video first, not just a preview. Occasionally a video card will have a surprise ending, which may or may not be appropriate for your audience…

Choose a Font…
Once you’ve chosen your card, you’re ready to start writing a message. Firstly, you’re going to have to choose a font (a style of writing) and a colour for your message. Sticking to black is a pretty good idea, as lighter colours can be difficult to read on a computer screen, although if you have the option of changing the background colour you can use lighter inks on darker backgrounds to nice effect. Similarly, make sure that your font is also easy to read. Fancy writing can look pretty, but it can also be hard to read in longer messages.

Write Your Message…
The whole point of a personalized card is that it’s personal, so write your message with the recipient in mind. You don’t have to be a poet, just write a heartfelt message about what that person means to you. If you’d like a poem or quote, have a look around online and find something that really makes you think about the recipient, and add it to your message (not forgetting to put the author of the quote).

Preview and Send
Sites always give you the option of previewing your card, taking a look at the card in the same format that the recipient will see it in. Use this opportunity to make sure the card appears as you want it to, and to check spelling. Once you’re done, hit send, and your card will be on its way to your special someone.

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About the Guest Blogger – Author Uttoran Sen is a creative writer who likes to choose the best stationery for his designs and text. Connect with him on twitter or facebook.