September 27, 2013

DIY Postcard Inspiration

I love mail, and I don’t really know of anyone who doesn’t receiving mail. I especially love it where I live now because the mailman walks around the neighborhood to deliver the mail to your door… it’s so cute!

I have gotten some great postcards recently from different friends and they just make my day, so now it is my turn to return the gesture.

Here are some ideas and guidelines to follow when making your own postcard!

The best part about homemade postcards is you can use materials you have lying around. I used: film camera photos & film strips, anthropologie & free people catalogs, metallic sharpie, paint pens, card stock, index cards, scissors, glue and mod podge. 

1. White on Kraft Paper: I love how classic this can look. For this card I just used thick kraft paper (almost like cardboard) and a white paint pen.

 2. Quote on Nature Photo: Use a photo you took with a disposable camera or even tear out a nature photo from your favorite magazine. I slapped on a quote with a white paint pen.

 3. Geometric Collage: I cut out many pages of my anthropologie magazine and made geometric shapes to glue to an index card and then traced the shapes with metallic sharpie.

 5. Film Strip Card: I first glued down the film strip and then mod podged over the entire card so they wouldn’t bend in the mail. I finished it off with a classic postcard quote.

Always Remember:

-postcards must be at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x .007 inch thick (like an index card thickness)

-Must be a rectangle

-No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x .016 inch thick. If postcard exceeds these dimensions, it is priced as a letter.

-First-class gives you the best deal on mailing your postcard

-If your postcard is less than .007 inches thick it may be too flimsy and get ruined in the mail.

-Don’t forget your stamp!

These postcards would be great for sending out around holidays, birthdays or just any day to tell someone you are thankful for them being in your life. Wouldn’t life be more enjoyable if we sent out more snail mail? I think I need a pen pal..

*postcard regulations originally from modern postcard  & usps