The selection of free Valentine's Day cards on the Internet is awesome. For this week's picks, I included one e-card site (where you send your greetings via email) and four sites for printing cards on paper. After all these years of e-this and e-that, I feel a paper card that is either mailed or given in person is so much more special. Happy Valentine's Day!
123 Greetings is the only e-card site included in today's roundup. Their Valentine's Day collection of free interactive greeting cards is divided into sections such as Roses, Hugs, Love Songs, Family and Friends. Cards can be customized with your message and choice of music, and can be scheduled to be sent up to sixty days in advance. To help you find the right card for the right person, cards are ranked by popularity, and include user comments and ratings.
These forty-five printable Valentine's Day greetings cards from Canon Creative are beautiful, many of them created by Japanese artists. Each card is available to print five ways: half-fold on A4 (an international paper size not used in North America), quarter-fold on A4, 4"x6" (postcard size), half-fold on letter size, and (my personal favorite) quarter-fold on letter size. The latter gives you both an image outside and a message inside. In addition to the simple printed cards, there are also Valentine's Day cards with pop-ups (look under Craft Cards in the left-hand menu.)
All 76 fun, fab cards at Free Printable Valentines are available as-is for free, or you can buy customizable versions (in Microsoft Word format) for $4 each ($19 for the entire collection). The most popular Valentine's Day cards are on the home page, or choose one of the categories in the left-hand menu: Love, Friendship, Kids, Animals and Robots. To learn about new printables on this and other sites in the Savetz Publishing network, sign up for the Free Printable newsletter.
A sister site to 123 Print Cards, Print With My Pic requires no email registration or account creation. These cute printable Valentine's Day cards are easy to customize with your own message and photo (how cool is that?) The site also offers customizable birthday cards, thank-you notes, photo frames and calendar templates. "Click on a preview, load your picture, edit the text and hit print. There are buttons to move your image around so it fits just right. Enjoy!"
Xerox is another printer company with a beautiful (although smaller) selection of printable Valentines. Like the Canon cards, they are available in A4 international paper size, as well as postcard and letter-size quarter-fold. The difference here is that cards contain text areas that you can customize. Simply follow the "Click here" instructions to type in your own message. Don't miss any of the text areas (look both on the back of the card and in the middle) or else your printed card will say "Click here to insert optional text!"