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    YourCards

    by Lions and Bears

    YourCards really shows what e-cards can offer over paper cards. The app lets you send animated video clip greetings as well as plain cards. It also offers a range of pre-made cards for many occasions and most holidays that you can personalize with your own message. You can even set birthday reminders, so you never forget to send an e-card. Best of all, the e-cards are completely free, and can be sent via email, SMS, Twitter or Facebook.

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    Dr. Seuss Camera - Happy Birthday Edition

    by Oceanhouse Media

    If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan, then this free app (or one of the developer’s other, Seuss-themed e-card apps) is a must. The app lets you turn any photo into a Dr. Seuss Birthday-themed e-card. Choose a frame, add stickers to personalize, and email your creation to the birthday boy or girl.

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    Pup-e-cards from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

    by Oakley Mobile Ltd.

    Animal lovers rejoice! With Pup-e-cards you can send e-cards with adorable photos of puppies whenever you want. Pup-e-cards was created by an English charity for guide dogs for the blind to raise awareness (and hopefully donations). The app itself isn’t the most sophisticated, but it is one of the very cutest. Users can choose from a gallery of puppies, then browse each puppy’s own gallery of adorable photos, before choosing the photo they want to feature on their card. Once a message is added, the e-card can be shared via email, Twitter, and Facebook.

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    Postale

    by 7twenty7 LLC

    This slick app was designed to share travel photos, but it works for anything. Choose a postcard layout and theme, then insert a photo and greeting. Pick a pretty stamp, and your virtual postcard is complete. It's even "postmarked" automatically with your location! Send it via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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    Red Stamp Cards

    by RedStamp

    If you still can’t find the right card, or you’re celebrating a more obscure holiday, try Red Stamp. The app includes multiple card templates for most holidays and emotions, including bat mitzvah, bachelorette party, moving announcement, BBQ invitation, and even a calendar. The cards aren’t the most customizable, but they look professional and support customized messages and photos. When you’ve finished your card, you can send it for no charge via email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, save it to your photo album, or opt to send a physical postcard for a small fee.

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    eCard Express HD - Greeting Cards

    by Bartsoft Inc

    If you’re really serious about sending e-cards, you need to try eCard Express HD (or the iPhone version). The app has an impressive assortment of e-card frames and templates for numerous occasions. Most are made to work with a photo and display a single-sided image. You can customize the card with stickers or text placed on or under the main image.

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    someecards

    by someecards, inc.

    If you become sick of treacly cards, install Someecards and start chuckling. The app lets users browse the many cards offered by the popular website, search for a card, and save favorites. The cards all feature vintage-style drawings with an accompanying sarcastic comment. You can add a personalized message and send your card via email, Facebook, SMS, Twitter, or save it to your phone. The only issue is that the card can only be viewed on the website, not in your email.

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    Artogram

    by Arctic Whiteness

    Users with more sophisticated taste may prefer Artogram. The app allows users to create cards using the art of several independent illustrators with whom the app has partnered. Much of the art is more delicate and ethereal than anything you would find in any other app in this List, and is generally less targeted towards a specific holiday. The only negative is that there aren’t that many options for your cards.

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    Martha Stewart CraftStudio

    by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc

    For a more hand-crafted card, Martha Stewart CraftStudio is hands down the one to get. The app is extremely well-designed and surprisingly fun to use, even for the craft-challenged. CraftStudio presents you with all of the tools you would need to create one of the beautiful handmade cards you see in a Martha Stewart segment, but without any of the mess! The app comes with four themes and offers nine more as in-app purchases. Each theme has its own selection of backgrounds, stamps, glitter pens, cut-outs, and stickers, and you can mix and match! You can also add photos and text to your cards, share them via email, Facebook, Twitter, create a PDF, print, or have them printed by Snapfish (for a fee).

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    Postagram Postcards

    by Sincerely Inc.

    Postagram is a cheap, easy way to send a photo and message to friends and family. The app lets you turn your Instagram, Facebook, or cropped camera roll photos into actual postcards and then the service mails them wherever you like for a small fee. You can add a profile picture, and personalize your message— up to 180 characters. The coolest part is that the photo pops out of the postcard, for a 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch print the recipient can keep.

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    Cards

    by Apple

    Apple’s Cards app is notable for allowing you to create and send a folded greeting card in an envelope, just like one you would purchase in a store. Unfortunately, this option comes with a premium price tag. The app makes your photos the featured attraction, and lets you control every aspect of the printed card. It has fun, classy details, like debossed (indented) printing, 100% cotton paper, and Apple branded stamps.

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    Ink Cards: Personalized Photo Card Sent in the Mail

    by Sincerely Inc.

    If you send out a lot of holiday cards, you should look into Ink Cards. Aside from the cards, Ink allows users to purchase cards in bulk for a lower cost, which helps those with large families. The app provides ready-made cards as well as a large selection of templates for photo cards. Unfortunately, Ink Cards only supports physical cards sent via the mail, not e-cards.

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    Phoster

    by Bucket Labs

    Although it’s not technically an e-card app, Phoster makes beautiful one-sheet posters that can easily be used as cards. Phoster comes with a gallery of graphic templates that are made to highlight your photos. Once you’ve chosen a template, you can add a photo, change the font and colors, and essentially rewrite it to fit your needs. Phoster may require a bit more work than the dedicated e-card apps, but the resulting cards will certainly be unique!