Send a Mother’s Day greeting with iOS’ Cards app

Lex Friedman
9 May, 2013
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Mother’s Day is 12 May. That’s this Sunday. You don’t have that much time to get your act together. Luckily, Apple’s Cards app for iOS can help you send your mum a lovely photo card, printed on 100 percent cotton paper, using that fancy shmancy letterpress technique you love so much.

Here’s a quick walkthrough.

Launch Cards – and remember, though the app was once iPhone and iPod touch only, it now works on the iPad, too. Cards offers numerous templates, but you’ll probably want to start with the flower tab for Mother’s Day. There are 34 templates to choose from. Find one you like, and tap on it.

As it turns out, Cards doesn’t think you should send your mum a picture of some other woman and child. You’re prompted to add your own photo instead. Tap on the empty photo spot, and either snap a photo with your iOS device’s camera, or choose one from your library.

If you choose a photo that’s too small or low resolution, Cards will warn you.

Once you find the right photo, you can pinch to zoom it and drag it around to get just the right look you’re after, and then tap Apply at the upper right.

You can also tap on any text on the card to edit it.

Next, tap the Inside tab to customise, surprisingly enough, the inside of your card. You can leave Apple’s stock messages, but if you have siblings and they do the same thing, Mum’s going to get mighty suspicious.

Finally, it’s time to address your card. Provide your address and your mum’s, and Cards takes care of the rest. Once you tap the price, it turns into a Buy Now button. Log in with your Apple ID if prompted, and you’ll be on your way.

That’s it! If your mum loves letterpress, 100 percent cotton paper or photos of her family, she’s sure to love the card, too.

by Lex Friedman, Macworld 

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