There are certain times during the year that greeting cards are sent out – for birthdays, valentines day, and of course around the holidays. So many people use email regularly that sending a greeting via email is a pretty common thing to do. There are several services that make it easy to send those greetings, but the only problem is, there offer only a handful of cookie-cutter designs to choose from. I decided to look for a free service that offered something a little more than what common greeting services offer. In my search I came across two different services that use Flickr images for the greetings and both are pretty nice. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. But they’re both free and work without a hitch, so you can’t beat that.
Phreetings is a service that makes it easy to create photo greetings using images from Flickr. If you’re looking to send a holiday greeting via email and would like something more than the cookie-cutter options at other greeting sites, give it a try. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how they came up with the name. It’s actually a mash-up from the two words “phrase” and “greetings.”
- To get started, go to www.phreetings.com
- Decide what type of picture you want, and then search for it in the search box.
- A bunch of pictures will be returned that correspond to your search term. Select one of the pictures that you’d like to use.
- Click on the picture and drag it to the box that says “drag photo here”
- Then add the text you’d like to have displayed
- Choose your color scheme
- You’re all done and now you can send the link that it provides to friends and family
* Note – by clicking “more” at the bottom of the pictures, you’ll get a new set to choose a picture from
By clicking the “send” button, it will pull up whichever application you have set by default as your email program. If you want to manually email the link to friends and family, you an do that as well. Here is an example of what you can create:
The only downside is that the only option for sharing your greeting is via a link in an email. If you wanted to email the actual image, I recommend taking a screenshot of the greeting and then saving it as an image so you can attach it in the email. If you want to see what a greeting looks like if you were to go view one, click here.
Delivr.net is yet another free service for creating photo greeting cards that uses Flickr. It’s a similar concept — nearly all public photos in Flickr are available which means you can create some pretty creative greetings.
- To get started, go to www.delivr.net
- Enter your search query, or click a topic like “occasions,” “sports,” “events,” “animals,” or other.
- If you want to search your own images, you can do that as well
- Once it returns pictures, select the one that you want to use
- Enter your message, name, and email address for yourself and the recipient
- Choose the font (three different ones to choose from
- Preview the postcard to make sure it’s okay and then send it
Below is an example of what a greeting created by delivr looks like: