The device is configured so that it is easily held in the user's hand and thereby guided along a strip of recording tape attached to a card, sheet of paper or plastic sheet and having a predetermined message recorded thereon. The device includes a motor for self-propelling the device at the proper tape recording speed. A transducer is mounted for intimate contact with the recording tape as finger and hand pressure are applied. A visual marker or pointer on the device is used for visually guiding the device along the tape. For use with a blind person an embossed ridge may be provided on the card adjacent the tape to permit proper guidance of the device. When using letter-size sheets or cards, it is preferred that a plurality of tape strips be used, each having a message or other indicia associated therewith.