7 Ways to Make Your e-Card Extra Special

7 ways to make your online group-based greeting card extra special
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There’s a reason why people tend to open cards before they open the gift that accompanies them. It’s because the card isn’t (or shouldn’t be) just a “pre-game show.” It’s a main event all on its own and is often heartfelt and memorable in a way that goes beyond material objects and pulls right at the very heartstrings of the recipient.

But everything we just said? It doesn’t apply to cards that are slapped together quickly with zero thought. It’s worth it to take the time to make your e-card extra special so that the person you give it to won’t just be surprised, they’ll be wowed, over the moon, verklempt.

Not sure how to do that? No problem. We’re experts when it comes to virtual greeting cards, and we’ve got a bunch of tried-and-true techniques for making virtual cards that are out of this world and utterly unforgettable.

Here are 7 of our favorite ways to make your e-card extra special.

1. Make it super personal with memories and inside jokes

There’s nothing worse than opening a card and seeing a generic image surrounded by bland, impersonal greetings. This holds true for both traditional printed cards and virtual greeting cards.

A greeting card should be unique and inspired by the recipient. So, make a truly personal, one-of-a-kind card that your loved one or colleague will treasure forever by including memories, inside jokes, doodles of their favorite animal, mentions of their favorite things, and whatever reminds them of the time you’ve spent together and shows them that you truly know who they are inside and out.

Do they always wear tailored suits to the office, even though the dress code is casual? Make a quip about it. Did they ruin karaoke night with an off-key rendition of a Mariah Carey song? Give them a gentle ribbing about it. People love to feel “seen” and your virtual greeting card should be personalized to the brim with these kinds of memories and inner-circle-only things.

2. Fill it with your favorite pictures

Now that our smartphones let us always carry high-quality cameras and albums’ worth of photos with us, what better way to put them to use than in a customized virtual card?

Whether you decide to include heartfelt moments, funny ones, or both, filling an e-card with pictures is a simple way to instantly add tons of personality to it. It’s also pretty much a guarantee that the recipient will crack a smile and maybe even shed a tear when they open it and see the happy memories.

3. Give the recipient their “flowers” (i.e., let them know they’re awesome)

This tip is inspired by a quote from rapper Kanye West: “If you admire somebody, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.”

The fact is, everyone loves to feel appreciated and most of us don’t express our admiration to the people in our lives nearly enough. An e-card provides the perfect opportunity to give the recipient their flowers and remind them that they are amazing and loved.

4. Go crazy with colors, fonts, and other design elements

It’s easy to put together an e-card in a matter of minutes, but if you want to create a truly memorable e-card that stands out, why not slow down and really take your time with it? Make full use of all the awesome design tools that are right at your fingertips: every color of the rainbow, fonts galore, digital stickers, fun patterns, and prints...the list goes on.

For example, let’s say your virtual card recipient loves all things French. You can use this to design a fabulous, themed card that is inspired by French culture down to the very last detail. Choose a color scheme snatched straight from the fields of Provence with shades of lavender, gold, and sky blue. Add in bicycles, baguettes, berets, brie, and whatever else you think would surprise and delight your Francophile. A card like this, that’s based off their personal obsessions, makes a much greater impression than something impersonal and run-of-the-mill.

5. Make your message pop with clever quotes

Sometimes you just can’t find the right words to say what you want to say. That’s when a well-chosen quote can save the day by doing the heavy lifting for you. A funny or meaningful quote from a celebrity, famous author, philosopher, or other figure can make the card memorable and impactful.

6. Fill it with signatures from everyone in their circle

If the card isn’t just from you—in other words, if you’re planning to create a virtual group-based card—one way to make it super special is to fill it with signatures. It will warm the recipient’s heart to see so many messages from the people in their life. The best part is, with a group-based e-card, you don’t have to pass the card from hand to hand getting people to sign it. You can simply e-mail out a link and people can add their messages when it’s convenient for them.

7. Pre-schedule it to be delivered at the perfect time

The last thing you want to do is go to the effort of crafting a beautiful, unique card, only to forget to send it on their special day! Your card won’t have half the impact it should have if it shows up a day or more late. Don’t think this can’t happen to you—we all can get busy and let things slip our mind.

Don’t leave the delivery of your virtual e-card to chance. Pre-schedule it to send in advance, so that the recipient receives it at just the right time and place for maximum surprise and joy, whether it’s right at the start of their day or just as it’s time to open gifts at their celebration.

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