Electronic postcards, or 'Ecards', are a great way to let people know you care. Better than a simple email, you also get to include pictures, music, and whatever text you like!
So let's get started shall we! There are several components to my postcard system, but thanks to my WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface, making the perfect card is a snap! On the page, you will see links/buttons to edit various features -
There will also be links for the following:
The [Edit] buttons/links will open up new windows in which you will be able to change/customize the various components of the page. So let's walk through them one at a time…
The "Recipient" is quite simply the person you are sending the postcard to. You will be presented with a table form into which you can enter multiple Names and Email Addresses. When you're done, just make sure to click the [Save] button at the bottom of the window! You can also click [Cancel] if you do not want to save your entries.
After you click [Save] you will be returned to the main postcard page, where you will see the page has been updated to reflect your changes. If you have entered only one person as the recipient, their name and email will be listed. If you have entered several names and email addresses, then it will say "multiple".
If you click on the [Edit] button/link again, you can update the information and the new changes will be shown on the main postcard page again.
This is you! You should enter your name and email address so that your recipient will know just who is sending them a card. Also, when they receive their postcard, they will have the option of sending a return card - so if you want to get a postcard back, make sure you enter the correct email for yourself!
If you choose to edit the image of your postcard, a new window will open from which you can choose a new image. There will likely be a search box you can use if you know exactly what you want - just type it in and click [Search].
You will also see some drop-down menus. The main drop-down menu lists all the various categories of cards I have - so if you don't know specifically what you want, the categories offer a nicely detailed breakdown of what I offer. Depending on the category, you may also see a smaller drop-down with a series of numerical ranges in it. If a category has a lot of pictures, I don't list them all at once; instead I spread them over pages. This drop-down lets you navigate through these pages while looking for what you want. There are also text links at the bottom of the page that let you do the same thing.
Underneath every picture (which is minimized to a thumbnail for easy viewing) there is a checkbox. Filling in this checkbox (by clicking on it) will select that photo. You will be returned to the main postcard page, where you will see that your newly chosen photo is already filled in..
If you choose to edit the Message, which you no doubt will, a new window will open that contains a large text box. All you have to do is type the message you want to send your recipient into this text box and then click [Save] and you're all done!
You can't send a postcard without a stamp right! Well, actually you could, but stamps add a little touch of color to the postcard, so I've included a gallery of stamps for you to choose from.
If you choose to edit the Stamp, a new window will open that will show you all the stamps I have to offer. Next to each will be a checkbox - all you have to do in order to select one is fill in that checkbox. Once you have, the window will close to reveal that your new stamp is already filled into your postcard.
If you choose to edit the Icon, then a new window will open listing all the icons I have available, broken down by category. To choose one, just fill in the checkbox next to the icon you like. The window will close and the main postcard page will be updated to reflect your choice.
In addition to your main message, you can also include a little poem or quote to impress your recipient. I have a collection of texts available for your use.
If you choose to edit the poem you will be brought to a new window that lists all the poems I have available. They will be broken down by category. Also, because some of them are long, only the first line or so will be included, but there is a [more] link that you can click to read the full text. To select one, you need only fill in the checkbox next to the desired poem.
Clicking on Colors/Font will open up a new window that allows you to customize the background and text of your postcard. This window is really quite neat (especially if you are using Internet Explorer 4.0 or better).
The top of the window offers you two choices - Font and Background. Choose one or the other by filling in the circle next to it.
Let's start with the Font, choose one of the colors listed on the page by clicking on it. You will see that all the text in the window automatically changes to that color (if you are in Netscape, then the background changes). If you choose Background at the top of the page, and then select a color, then the background color of the window will change. In this way, you can easily see what colors will work well together.
At the bottom of the window, you will find a drop-down listing all the available Font Faces. After you choose one, click the [Save] button and you will be returned to your main postcard page to admire your handiwork!
The stationery is what controls the layout of your postcard page. If you choose to edit it, a new window will open showing a miniature version of the various stationeries I have available.
Please note that stationeries only affect the layout of your page, not the content. In the sample images you have to choose from there are images, but these will not replace the image you have chosen.
To select a new stationery, fill in the checkbox next to the image.
If you choose to edit the Music for your postcard, a new window will open that lists all the music files I have available. To choose one, you need only fill in the checkbox next to the file you want. If you don't want to include music with your postcard, then you can select 'None'.
This function will show you what your final postcard will look like, without all the editing buttons and links around. Next to it you will see two links, "Edit" and "Send". The first will return you to your postcard-editing page where you can make changes. "Send" will do just that, sending your card to its recipient.
Pressing this link will send your postcard to the recipient(s) you have filled in. You will be brought to a confirmation screen and be presented with two choices:
Send This Ecard Again - you can send the same Ecard you have just designed to another person.
Send a New Ecard - you can start from scratch, customizing a whole new card.
On to the postcards!!!
my cards are for personal use only... they are not to be used on any other site, nor can they be sold for the purpose of profit..