How to send a postcard -- the basics
You do not need a ticket number to send a card. The ticket number is used to pick up a card that was sent to you by someone else.
To see what the actual card looks like full-sized, just click on the little tiny graphics called thumbnails. The image that shows up after you click is the actual card .
To send a card, you just choose a card and then fill out the form. When you see a little circle, like the one below, that's where you put your cursor and click. Your cursor is the little arrow that you move around on the screen by using the mouse. Put the arrow inside the circle, click, and you've made your choice. If you change your mind, click your new choice and the dot jumps to that circle. This is how you choose the postcard, the background, and the stamp.
If the list is long, (like the list of music), you will have to scroll through it. To scroll, put the cursor on the little arrows that point up and down, and click. You can also move the sliding bar to scroll through a long list faster. (Try it out above.)
The first choice in the drop-down boxes is always "none" like, "no music," "no heading," "no signature"...so if you don't want music, a heading, a caption or whatever just do nothing. You choose your text and background color, header, and music with the drop down lists.
Put your message in the text box:
TIP: If you are writing a very long message, you might want to type it on something else (like on an email form or on Notepad) and copy it and paste it into the message box. That way, if the server goes nuts and loses your information after you preview your card and hit "edit some more," you won't have to write it all over again.
After you have made all your selections, fill in the blanks that ask for your email address and name, and the recipient's name and email address. Double-check your typing -- if you misspell an email address the card goes straight into the Cyber Bermuda Triangle.
I added an address book last year which should solve this problem so long as you type the address correctly the first time you enter it. The address book is free -- click on the "use the address book or register for one" link to create one for yourself.
At the end, after you have made all your choices, you need to click on the button that says:
You'll see a preview of your postcard. You can use the back button on your browser to edit the card some more if you don't like what you chose.
When you like the way the card looks, just click the
button and it's on its way.
If you do NOT want to see a preview of your card you can click the circle that says "send without preview" but I don't recommend it! All forms are set for "preview card," so you will get a preview unless you deliberately click the "send without preview" circle.