App Review: Ink Cards

App Review: Ink Cards

Posted by Hannah Fleace on Oct 28th 2019

I am all about making communication as easy as possible during those long-distance stints in our relationships with our service members. A few weeks ago, I gave you tips on revamping your letter writing . Today, I have a review for an app that will make your snail mail communications super easy, beautiful, and personalized. You may have already heard of Ink Cards, but if you haven't, you're in for a treat today! First, we'll talk about what Ink Cards are. Then, I'll share with you my pros and cons for the app.

Ink Cards AppWhat is Ink Cards?

Ink Cards is an app that allows you to create custom, personalized greeting cards and send them from your phone. You can  choose a photo (or multiple photos) from your phone and write a message on the back of the card. They have two options for cards. The "classic" card is sim ilar in format to a postcard. The "premium" card is just like a greeting card and is mailed in an envelope.

How does it work?

It could not be easier! You pick a card (they have more than 500 designs to choose from), select photos from your phone gallery, type up a message, select the recipient's address, and hit send. One of my favorite things is how user-friendly the app is. More on that below!

What does it cost?

It's free to download the app and design a card. It is $2 to mail a classic card in the US and $3 for international shipping. Premium cards are $4. Postage is included, so you don't have to worry about a trip to the post office.

What can I expect?

The 5x7 cards are printed on thick, glossy cardstock, the photo and print quality are excellent. Cards shipped in the states arrive within a week; though, international cards take a bit longer. They have a delivery time estimator for worldwide destinations, but most shipping times are 6 to 15 days.

Now that we've discussed the basics, I want to tell you why I really love this app and give you some ideas for how to use it!

Ink Cards MenuIt really is so dang easy! 

If you're like me, you're the kind of person that will pick out a card, write a sweet note, address it, and never make it to the post office to get stamps or mail it. I can't explain it, but I have an entire drawer in my desk where once-timely cards go to die. RIP. Don't get me wrong, I love some good ole fashioned snail mail, but sometimes life is busy (especially if your significant other is gone, and you're juggling all the things back home!). This is an excellent option for those weeks (ehm, or months) when you need something sweet, simple, and straightforward. With Ink Cards, I can do everything from my phone in a matter of minutes. And honestly, the app is intuitive, so even the most technically challenged can use it no problem. The app will let you know when the card is created and shipped to boot!

You can schedule reminders.  

Never forget your anniversary, a religious holiday, or your cousin's cat's birthday again. You can input birthdays for all of your contacts and set reminders for when to mail a card. This is a great option for folks who are deployed and may not have much free time. They can snap a picture of themselves, create the card as a draft, so it's ready to go and simply mail it off when they get the reminder. The app also has lots of categories that change out with the seasons. They have a standard selection of cards for year-round use (think thank you notes, birthdays, just because, etc.), but they also switch out holiday and seasonal themes throughout the year.

Fantastic quality!

I was surprised when I got my first Ink Card. The laminated cardstock is sturdy and makes for a great memory. It will survive coffee spills and all other manner of everyday messes. It looks like you paid much more than $2 for this product.

And speaking of money . . . 

I saw a cute card at Target recently that was $8! Now include the postage and the time it takes you to get to Target, write in the card, and print off a photo to include. Ink Cards are a deal. Even if you upgraded to the premium card, these cost the same or cheaper than traditional greeting cards, and they're much more personalized and special.

It's a digital Rolodex at your fingertips.

Once you enter a name and address, Ink Cards stores it away in your very own contacts page. You can also add your contacts into groups (family, friends, coworkers, etc.) and send out multiple cards. I used this feature to send out baby announcements when my twins were born, and it was still cheaper than ordering prints online and mailing them myself.

Whew! There are many reasons to love Ink Cards.

Ink Cards Encouragement CategoryOne creative way I've found to use this app is to use the cards to make a journal or memory book. A few years ago, I took a trip to Europe and sent myself a postcard at the end of each day. It included a blurb about what we did, funny quotes from my friends, and a list of important places to remember. I am so glad I did this because I would never have remembered some of those small details. When I got home, I had glossy photos and “entries” ready to go. I bound them and made a travel notebook. You could do this with milestones your spouse or significant other might miss. Send them the cards as they happen or keep them and create a book of memories for when they come home.

As you've probably guessed, this app gets five stars from me! If I could improve it, I would create font options and allow the user to adjust the size of the photos.

All in all, I highly recommend this app to anyone in the military community who has a family member or friend that is often away. How would you use the app? Let us know in the comments below! 

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