What is Felt?
Felt is an app for the iPad where you can create a real handwritten greeting card. You’ll select a blank card from Felt’s options, and then add your own personal message in your personal handwriting. Fill out the envelope with your writing and it’s then sent to Felt where they seal it up, add a stamp and mail it out.
The results: the look of a store-bought greeting card, without the hassle of going to the store, getting the card, filling it out, and running it by the post office.
How does it work?
When you download the app, you’ll have the option to tour the features and how to use it. To send a handwritten card, first you will select a predesigned blank card from Felt. Then, you will select a pen and an ink color to make your message more personal. After you have written your message, you can swipe over the envelope and write the mailing address, as well as, the return address, making it look just like a real handwritten card.
Felt will then print your customized card on premium cardstock, seal it in a kraft paper envelope, add a fancy stamp and place it in the mail (the site says they use the United States Postal Service First Class Mail.) So it can take 2-5 days to arrive to your recipient, but they do their best to get the cards out within 24 hours.
They do recommend using a stylus pen for the writing, but when I used my finger it turned out surprisingly well. The app does have a palm rest, so that when you rest your palm on the iPad screen, it does not mess up your writing, which is a nice feature. But, I encounter some problems writing on the envelope because my handwriting tends to be a bit on the large and swirly side. So, I tried it again with a stylus (and more controlled writing) and it turned out just fine.
The app itself is free, but each card you send is $3.99 and you can only send within the Unites States. The site states that they are “hard at work on an international shipping solution.”
Why use Felt?
Sometimes we get busy and Felt is a quick way to say “thank you” or “please come again” without leaving the office. This could also be a quick and easy way to send out notes to clients. It would also be helpful for networking too. If you have a conference and really connect with someone, you could show them that you really appreciated their time and effort by sending them a handwritten card. It will look like you went out and bought it, but it will only take a few taps to fill it out and get it mailed.
There are free e-card services available, of course, but there is something about a handwritten card that you receive in the mail, rather than through email, that makes it more personal. There always seems to be more thought behind an actual card, as opposed to an e-card. It is especially nice to be able to tangibly hold it in your hand. And, for those times when you do not have time to get to the store, or cannot find a stamp, or have simply forgotten to send a card, Felt, gives you a simple, fast, alternative while still retaining that thought felt, handwritten, sentiment.