Picture the scene. It’s almost Mother’s Day, or your mum’s birthday, or your old friend from uni’s wedding anniversary and you keep meaning to buy a card and mail it, but a million and one other errands keep getting in the way and soon, it’ll be too late. You could order a card online, but then it wouldn’t have that personal touch. Step forward, Inkly – saviour of busy but well meaning people everywhere.
Inkly is a phone app that allows you to send a card via post, using your phone. Cool so far, right? But the REALLY cool bit is that you get to handwrite the card, thereby returning that personal touch that is missing from most online card services.
This video explains the service nicely…
I gave the service a go, using it to send a Mother’s Day card to my own lovely mummy.
Once you’ve installed the app, it’s simply a choice of choosing a theme, which navigates you to a choice of relevant, customisable cards.
I chose this one:
A simple swipe is all it takes to begin customising your card. This one doesn’t have space for a photo on the front, so it’s on to the inside.
On the inside, I was offered the chance to drop in a photo on the left, so I modestly picked a photo of myself when I was little. It was extremely easy to do so, and scaling and repositioning the photo is easy, using the standard pinch and drag actions.
On the next screen, another set of options – I wanted to send this card direct to my mum, so I tapped the first option.
And opted to handwrite my message.
I scribbled my message on a piece of scrap paper – it says to do it on a proper piece of white paper folded in half, but I’m a rebel. You only need to hold still for a few seconds and it scans in the writing.
You drag the corners to crop in the picture to only include the message.
And then, as if by magic, my writing appeared on the page. Really impressive.
After that, it time to choose an envelope colour – I think this is a really nice touch. All the way through this process, it’s clear that the developers have put a lot of time and thought into both user experience and the quality of the end product.
The app will ask you to create an account (signing in with Facebook is the quickest option).
Adding a recipient is super quick – just tap in a postcode and it offers a list. The Inkly makers are also working on the option of handwritten envelopes, so soon you’ll be able to write out the address in the same way as you do the card, if you wish.
The last job is to choose when you want the card to be posted. It then cleverly shows you when it’s likely to be delivered, so I opted for 11/03/2015 to ensure delivery in time for Mother’s Day.
The only thing left to do then is check out, paying either by card or Paypal. Your card will then whiz off to Inkly and you’ll receive an email confirmation to let you know everything is in progress.
So, what do you think? Would you like to send a card?
There are some lovely choices for Mother’s Day, and I have a code that will allow you to create one for free! All you’ll have to pay for is postage. Keep scrolling to grab your free card…
This is a commissioned post for Inkly.