Archive for the ‘New Ecard’ Category

Brand New Animated Ecard Added

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

This February millions of people around the world will be celebrating in a spectacular fashion for the first day of the new Lunar Calendar. Although not everyone will have the luxury of being nearby friends and family during the celebrations, you can send them our brand new animated ecard to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Chinese New Year E-card

Chinese New Year E-card

Designed in an ink wash, hand painted style, watch as the delicate blossom flourishes across the frame in this traditional Chinese New Year e card. The blossom is accompanied by a message, written in both English and Chinese, at the end. If you’d rather browse the rest of our varied collection of new year e cards, please click here. Remember, you can send our ecards in an instant or schedule them to go out in your own time.

The New Ecard is Here!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

As promised, our new Halloween ecard is up on the site and ready for you to view, customise and send. With your Katie’s Cards membership, you can send an unlimited amount of ecards which means you can send this hilarious jokes Halloween e-card to as many people as you like.

Six spooky characters from ghosts to mummies, skeletons, witches and more feature in this Halloween ecard but they’re not here to scare, they’re here to tell jokes!

Click the image below to see the finished product

Halloween Ecard

Click to View our New Animated Halloween Ecard

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

BRAND NEW Animated Halloween Ecard

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that we have added a brand new animated Halloween ecard to our collection. Our newest addition Halloween ecard has been designed for children and contains 6 Halloween monsters with 6 jokes guaranteed to make them giggle. To get started, we did some sketches based on how we wanted the ecard to look and then we were ready to go.

Initial Sketches of New Halloween Ecard

Initial Sketches of New Halloween Ecard

 

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Initial Sketches of New Halloween Ecard

 

Once the initial sketches have been created, it’s time for us to bring them to light and life. We designed each of our characters and matched them up with the perfect jokes to match their spooky exteriors. Much like the rest of our Halloween ecards, we then bring our characters to life with animation. See for yourself below what you’re in for.

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Sneak Preview of our latest Halloween Ecard

This new ecard is the perfect way for children to wish their friends and family a spook-tacular Halloween! If you’re holding a special event this weekend don’t forget to browse the rest of our Halloween invitation ecards – remember you can send them in an instant so it’s never too late!

A Brand New Birthday Ecard on our Menu

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

We recently added a new design to our range of Birthday ecards.

In this fun cartoon-style animation, a snooty waiter serves up an unexpected surprise.

So what’s under the cloche (or that silver tray thing, as we like to call it!)?

Click on the image below to find out – then log in and press ‘send’ to share this birthday ecard with family and friends.

Opening frame from the Birthday Dish Ecard

See what’s under the cloche in the Birthday Dish Ecard from Katie’s Cards.

Get organised in October and pick one of our Christmas E Cards and schedule to send to your contacts at a later date.

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A New Happy Birthday Ecard… from a face that’s familiar

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here at the Katie’s Cards blog, we like to keep our loyal followers up to date with any new designs added to our substantial catalogue of ecards.

So here we are, to tug at your shirt sleeve like an impatient child and point you in the direction of the rather fabulous Billboard Birthday Ecard.

We had a lot of fun creating this character, especially because he bears a slight resemblance to a certain leader of a marching band who features at the beginning of our Belated Birthday ecard. In the world of Katie’s Cards, perhaps they’re even related.

We hope your recipients enjoy this animated ecard as much as we enjoyed making it.

Don’t forget to customise your ecard with a few words from yourself to the Birthday boy or girl. You can also schedule this Birthday e card in advance.

And if you should forget to do that too, well, that’s exactly what the Belated Birthday Band e card was created for in the first place!

Age is Just a Number! Part Deux

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our age-specific range!

Our new designs have been introduced to offer our members more than one option for each age group up to the age of ten, featuring animals and colour schemes to appeal to girls and boys.

For children celebrating their fifth birthday, Katie’s Cards offers a dinosaur themed ecard where different species bob to the music before a big ‘5’ appears in the centre of the frame. Alternatively, senders can choose a design of jumping pigs which is accompanied by a big pink ‘5’ to say ‘Happy Birthday’.

5 birthday boy and girl ecard

We wanted to create at least two options for each age, one which used colours and animals that might be more popular with boys and another that might be preferred by girls. After the popularity of our pink and blue versions of the Cake Game ecard, we thought it would be a good idea to expand our age-specific range in this way.

The Cake Game is an existing interactive ecard from our Birthday category. The platform game involves triggering booby traps to stop the attacking cake monsters attempting to get their hands on the birthday cake. ‘Attack of the Cake Munchers’ has also featured on GameNet where it has achieved over a million plays.

ATTACK OF THE CAKE MUNCHERS

After a few weeks story-boarding and animating, the result gave us designs that are quite versatile. They’re not necessarily just meant for either girls or boys but they achieve what we set out to do – which is offer greater variety for our members to send on that all important milestone birthday.

Check out our other age designs featuring mischievous monkeys and bonny bunnies, plus more in our birthday ecard category.

 

Cheesy Valentine

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that we were in the process of developing a new Valentine’s Day card. Today, we’re very excited to share with you information about the design process along with sneak previews and artist’s sketches of our new ecard.

Coming up with the idea

The very first thing we do before we start to design an ecard is put our heads together and try to determine what we want to achieve in terms of story and in relation to the specific celebration. With this ecard we were all fairly certain that we wanted to create something that was a bit light-hearted and that our members could share with anyone, including friends – and those who they’d like to be a bit more – without being too embarrassed. So right off the bat, we knew that we were going to have to adopt a humorous approach and came up with the idea of using the cheesiest puns possible to make recipients chuckle/groan. The “cheesy” element eventually manifested into a cute little character whose actions would match the pun. In the preview below, the toe-curling pun ‘I wheelie like you’ has our ‘Mr Cheese’ character riding across the screen on a bike.

Mr Cheese in our latest Valentine's Day Ecard

Mr Cheese in our latest Valentine’s Day Ecard

Choosing the perfect puns

We’re suckers for a good pun (just check out our ‘A whole lotta pun’ Pinterest board if you don’t believe us) so we thought long and hard about what which would work best. Ecards need to get their message across quickly and we soon realised that the puns would need to use no more than four words and also involve a variety of interesting props for ‘Mr Cheese’ to interact with.

Developing the look

We were keen on using a simple but stylistic design so after we’d settled on our puns, we did some sketches based on how we wanted the ecard to look. And then we were ready to go. Of course there were changes during the design process; two of the puns we’d chosen ended up using similar props so we eventually changed the action of one of them to avoid repetition. Below shows the artist’s sketch for the pun ‘I dig you’ and a preview from the existing animation which has ‘Mr Cheese’ operating a similar piece of equipment to accompany the pun ‘You move me’ – in this instance we changed the prop and action from the first sketch and kept the idea from second.

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Initial sketch for ‘I dig you’

Mr Cheese rides again

Mr Cheese rides again

Animation

The animation followed on from the design sketches, first with the development of a rough-cut and then a period of meticulously editing the actions of the various moving elements to create a smooth and realistic animation. And whilst all this was going on, the search for the right soundtrack began…

Finding the music

It’s a surprisingly time consuming job to find the right sample of music to accompany an ecard. But after listening to hundreds of possible soundtracks, we found the right fit. Again, the tone was light-hearted and upbeat and worked well with the movement of the animation. A few more tweaks and the card was ready for final sign off and is now has pride of place in the Valentine’s Day category on Katie’s Cards.

And whilst we normally don’t like to toot our own horn, we think this ecard is really Gouda! 

(Sorry)

Preview the ecard here or watch below:

 

Happy New New Year

Friday, January 24th, 2014

If you’re a regular visitor to Katie’s Cards you might have noticed by looking at our homepage that we’ve added a couple more designs to the Chinese New Year category, ready for the celebrations which take place from January 31st.

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New Chinese Scrolls ecard from Katie’s Cards

Why the Long Face?

You might have also seen that the horse features quite heavily in a few of our designs… No we’ve not all turned into hippomaniacs (people obsessed with horses, apparently) but we did think it would be quite fitting as 2014 marks The Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

And while we’re here bragging about all our new designs, we might as well tell you that we’re currently in the process of designing a rather special Valentine’s Day card too – so look out for further blog posts on the design process as well as a couple of sneak previews.

Happy Chinese New Year from Katie’s Cards

If you happen to be in London during the most celebrated Chinese festival, take a look at Time Out’s Guide to Chinese New Year 2014.

But wherever you are in the world, we hope you have a very Happy Chinese New Year.

New corporate ecard website Ecard Mint up and running

Monday, November 11th, 2013

We’re eager to share the launch of Ecard Mint with you today! The website, which is now live, will be taking over from the Company Christmas Ecard side of the Katie’s Cards website. A wide array of categories are available with ecards cards suited for a variety of different business applications. With a friendly user interface, businesses can enhance engagement with customers and staff with the beneficial aspect of boosting marketing avenues and conveying an environmentally friendly social ethos.

 

Anyway, we’ll stop telling you about it and just let you look! Click here to browse the site!

Brand new ecard in time for Christmas

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Christmas is a chaotic time of the year for us all what with buying presents, wrapping and sending cards! Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re already busy working hard to meet the high demands of Christmas and have designed a new Christmas ecard for you that we will be adding to the Christmas Ecard section of our site in time for the seasonal period.

 

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

 

Story Board For New Ecard

Story Board For New Ecard

This is a little preview of what we’ll be putting up. This ecard features the return of our naughty snowman who is causing all new kinds of trouble. In this animated ecard, the naughty snowman will be trying to destroy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with a huge star on top but will he succeed?

Let us know what you think on facebook!

New 6th Birthday Card Soon Available!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Below is the initial sketch and final design of our new animated ‘Happy 6th Birthday’ card which will soon be available in our birthday ecard collection. We think astronauts are perfect for age 6 as they’re a fun and charming animation that appeals to the age.

Initial sketch 6th birthday card

Initial sketch 6th birthday card

 

Final design soon to join our site

Final design soon to join our site

This wonderful new ecard features two small astronauts, a boy and a girl, floating around in space with their suits on as a happy birthday message is delivered with a huge number six made from a beautiful galaxy of stars. It is the ideal addition for any six year old’s day. Let us know what you think on our facebook!

 

5th Birthday Children’s Ecard

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Updating you all on the latest in our aged 1-10 year old birthday cards. Our 5th birthday ecard has two versions, one for a boy and one for a girl. This makes each card perfectly tailored to suit their needs! Below is the initial sketch of our boys dinosaur card complete with the final design underneath. These dinosaurs are great cute friends for kids to enjoy on their day!

 

Initial Sketch of Dinosaurs Boys Ecard

Initial Sketch of Dinosaurs Boys Ecard

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Below, we have our girls 5th birthday card. This pink and purple colour scheme and chirpy little pigs makes this card ideal!

Five Little Pigs For A 5th Birthday

Five Little Pigs For A 5th Birthday

 

 

4th Birthday Katie’s Cards Preview

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

We thought we’d share our 4th birthday preview with you today! This is one of our aged 1-10 years old age specific ecards that will be joining our birthday collection.

First sketch of girls 4th birthday ecard

First sketch of girls 4th birthday ecard

 

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These adorable rabbits are the perfect way for any little girl to celebrate her birthday. With their charming little smiles, we know they’ll suit the needs and wants of any four year old.  The purple and green colour scheme has been created to suit girls whereas the cheeky monkeys below in green and blue are more tailored towards boys.

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The monkeys in this card are simply devious therefore perfect for a boys 4th birthday!

Newest preview of Katie’s Cards children’s birthday ecards!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Ascending up the years, we are now proud to present a preview of our 3rd Birthday Ecard in our age specific collection!  This ecard features three fishy friends delivering a bubbly birthday message.

First pencil sketch of our friendly fish

First pencil sketch of our friendly fish

 

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Finished design of our fishy friends

Here is the first pencil sketch of our friendly fish and its transition into a vivacious ecard that is perfect for any three year old. The yellow, green and pink colour scheme makes this card suitable for both boys and girls. A charming birthday card that will soon be joining the rest of our birthday collection, which you can view here. Stay tuned with us on  www.facebook.com for our next preview.

 

Climbing up the ladder…

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Did you know that over one hundred years ago people started to send birthday cards in England? So out with the old and in with the new, in the 21st century we are now sending electronic greetings. Katie’s Cards presents to you a second taster of the new range of children’s birthday ecards. This time we are targeting the terrible twos!

Here’s a preview of the early stage sketch along with the finished design.

Cute cat early stage sketch

Cute cat early stage sketch

 

2nd Birthday Cute Cat Final Design

Bright and Vibrant 2nd Birthday Cute Cat Final Design

 

This bright orange and red birthday card offers any small child a vibrant way to kick off their special day! This ecard, complete with two cute cats is the perfect way to say happy birthday. What do you think of the second card in our new collection? This card will be joining our birthday ecard collection soon! You can share your thoughts with us on… www.facebook.com

New Simone de Beauvoir ‘wise words’ ecard

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The latest addition to the Katie’s Cards website is this Wise Words ecard featuring a quote from Simone de Beauvoir, the French existentialist philosopher, feminist and intellectual.

Simone de Beauvoir Ecard

Simone de Beauvoir Ecard

Our collection of Wise Words ecards features a diverse selection of individuals, from Mark Twain to Aristotle, and from Coco Chanel to Epictetus! You can view the collection by visiting the Katie’s Cards website.

New Christopher Columbus ecard

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we have added a new ecard to the Katie’s Cards website. The card, featured below, includes a quote from the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus.

Christopher Columbus Ecard

Christopher Columbus Ecard

This card joins our collection of Wise Words ecards which feature quotations from a range of people including Aristotle, Coco Chanel and Judy Garland. You can view the collection here on the Katie’s Cards website or on our Wise Words Pinterest board.