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Overview
How to Create Talking Cards
How to Record a Greeting
Troubleshooting Talking Cards
 
Overview
Talking cards are 5" x 7" folded cards that you customize with photos and text online, and then with your own voice greeting at home. You can send personalized cards to your friends and family that feature up to three photos, written messages, and a 10-second recorded greeting. You can re-record your message as many times as you like and replay your recorded greeting over 400 times.

Talking cards cost $5.99 each, plus sales tax and shipping, and they're available exclusively at Walgreens!
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How to Create Talking Cards

NOTE: You will record your greeting yourself AFTER you've ordered and received your talking card. Your talking photo card comes with instructions to guide you through recording your message.

To create a personalized 5" x 7" talking photo card, follow these steps:

  1. From the homepage, click on the "GIFTS" tab, and then on the "Cards & Stationery" section. On the cards and stationery page, click on the "TALKING CARDS" box..
  2. On the following page, you'll see different photo card designs. To view more designs, click the category links near the top of the page. To choose a design for your card, simply click on the design you'd like to use and you'll be automatically taken to the next step.

    TIP: Your card can be either vertical or horizontal click the "Show vertical styles" or "Show horizontal styles" links to view the available designs.
  3. On the next page, choose the photo you'd like to use for your cards from the photo viewing menu on the right. Drag and drop your photo into the photo area on the card. To use a photo from another album, click the "Select another album" link above the photos in the menu.

    TIP:You can edit a photo after you've placed it in the card template by clicking on the paintbrush icon at the bottom left corner of the photo. To remove a photo from a card, click on the grey "X" at the bottom right corner of the photo.
  4. Next, you can add and edit the messages on your card. Click on a text area, and you'll see either a dropdown menu of suggested greetings or a new pop-up window where you can write your own message. Once you've chosen your photos, layouts, designs, and messages, click the "Continue" button.

    NOTE:You can add text and photos to the front, back, and inside of your card. Just click on the "front," "inside," and "back" links beneath the preview to design and make changes.
  5. On the next page, you'll be given the option to have a return address printed on the envelopes that come with your cards. Enter in the address information and click "Add return address," or leave the fields empty and click "Do not add a return address" if you'd like to leave your envelopes blank.

    TIP:To see a bigger preview, click the "View card larger" link.
  6. Finally, enter the number of talking photo cards you'd like to order in the "Quantity" box." Check the box next to "I have reviewed my card for errors," and then click the "Add to cart" button to begin the checkout process.

    TIP:You can also order a non-recordable version of the same card by entering the number you'd like to order in the "Quantity" box."

    5" x 7" talking photo cards are sold individually and include envelopes.
  7. When you've finished reviewing your card, choose the quantity you'd like at the lower left side of the page. Then click Add to cart.

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How to Record a Greeting

To record a greeting on your talking card, follow these steps:

  1. Open your talking card.
  2. Press and hold both the "play" and "record" buttons to record your message. Your message can be up to 10 seconds long.

    TIP: To get a good-quality recording, find a quiet place and speak clearly and directly into the open card while holding down both buttons.
  3. When you're done recording, release the buttons.
  4. Press the "play" button to hear your recorded message. NOTE:You can re-record your message as many times as you like, but the card only saves one recording. The recorded message will be erased when you push the "play" and "record" buttons at the same time.
  5. Once you're happy with your recorded greeting, remove the instruction sheet at the bottom of the card. Your talking card is ready!

    NOTE:The cost of mailing a talking card in the U.S. is 58ยข

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Troubleshooting a Talking Card

If you're having trouble with your talking card, please try the tips below.

My message won't record

  • You might not have been pressing both buttons. Make sure to press firmly and directly on both the "play" and "record" buttons at the same time.
  • You might not have pressed the buttons long enough. Be sure to press and hold both the "play" and "record" buttons the entire time you are recording your message.

    NOTE: Messages can only be 10 seconds long. If your message is longer than 10 seconds, it will be cut off.

I can't play back my message

  • The message might have been deleted. The recorded message is deleted when both the "play" and "record" buttons are pressed at the same time. Try re-recording your message and pressing only the "play" button to listen to it.

    TIP: Messages can be re-recorded at anytime - you can even record one over the phone!
  • The buttons might not have been pressed firmly enough to record a message. The "play" and "record" buttons need to be pressed firmly. Be sure to press directly while you're recording your message.
  • The battery might be dead. It's possible that if you've played or recorded a message more than 400 times, the battery will no longer function.

My message doesn't sound right

  • If your message sounds distorted and "fuzzy," you may have been speaking too loudly or too closely to the card. Try recording again while speaking more softly and holding the card a bit farther away from you.
  • There might be too much background noise to make a good-quality recording. Try reducing the amount of noise in the background and recording your message again.

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