Mixcard: Combining Postcards and Playlists for a Musical Love Explosion

As the Valentine’s season approaches, questions abound. Is it too early for jewelry? Are you obligated to give something to that girl from the bookstore with whom you have been on 1.4 dates? Will the woman of your dreams most appreciate adorable DIY projects, clever printable cards, or delightful baked goods?

Kissing while wearing headphones: an essential part of any successful Valentine's Day. (Via Keep Calm and Questa Sono Io)

Kissing while wearing headphones is an essential part of any successful Valentine’s Day.

The answer to all these questions— and so many others— is Mixcard, a clever little website that allows you to send your wife/girlfriend/January fling/next-door neighbor/mother a personalized playlist postcard for the price of five buckaroos.

The concept is simple: Mixcard has you to choose one of six custom art prints, input the address of your chosen recipient, and then link to the playlist of your choice. The back of the finished postcard, which is sent directly to your lady love, features a QR code she can scan using her smartphone— or for those sweetie pies still reveling in the prelapsarian era of less intelligent phones, a link to be typed into her browser. The end result is that the object of your affection accesses a brilliant list of tunes you have artfully arranged (for maximum seductive effect).

While I am not going to argue with the artistic merits of these lovely prints, I am still waiting for Mixcard to add the option of turning your most recent Snapchat screenshots into postcards.

While I am not going to argue with the artistic merits of these lovely prints, I am still waiting for Mixcard to add the option of turning your most recent Snapchat screenshots into postcards.

When it comes to assembling those musical selections, your options are virtually infinite. The Mixcard site includes an embedded Grooveshark feature that allows you to search for and include tracks, or you can craft a collection of bopping beats/romantic arias/fabulous showtunes on the music-sharing site of your choice. The true Autostraddle aficionado might even link to a playlist previously featured on the site (Long Distance Relationship and Summer Romance Remembered both seem potentially topical).

Follow the Mixcard blog for more suggestions, including a nice collection of “Indie Girl Rock” that might be relevant to your interests.

Lesbians love receiving postcards! Case in point: this gem from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. (Via Beinecke Library)

Lesbians love receiving postcards! Case in point: this gem from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. (Via Beinecke Library)

For a full walkthrough, check out Mixcard’s original Kickstarter video. Then, start sending postcards! It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone likes to receive mail, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

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Maggie is a freckly, punctuation-loving queer living in the Boston area. She supports her book-buying and tea-drinking habits by teaching America’s youth how to write topic sentences and spends her free time writing postcards and making sandwiches for her girlfriend.

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