I bought my toddler a pack of 4x6 cards (cheap and can be found anywhere!) I prefer to buy the "plain" ones, but lined ones work too. I can keep some of these handy in my purse, her tote bag, or above the fridge for any "bored" moment, I am able to give her a few pieces of it, and crayons (or pens) and let her do art to her heart's content. Then, I convert these into "postcards" to send to friends and relatives. The size is perfect, and it is very easy to draw a line down the backside, and address as a normal postcard--postage is the same too!
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I've used the fronts of greeting cards as postcards. Just remember, I don't think they can be any smaller than 3 x 5, and no larger than 4 x 6.
You can also use photos. Lots of times developing places offer double prints for nothing- or next to it- or you get prints that you really don't want. Just divide the back into an "address" area and a "message area" and there you have it- instant postcard.
Will someone please give me some creative ideas on how to use postcards? I've framed about all that I care to frame, so I'm at a standstill. Please help!
By Tawni from Idaho Falls, ID
You could lay them out in an artistic design on a tray, or a table that could use a better surface. With the tray, you could decoupage them onto it. With a table, just get a piece of glass the same size as the table, and use it to hold down and display the postcards. Just make sure there aren't young children around, in which case it would pay to use something to hold down the glass, and prevent an accident.
Make placemats with them! Lay them out the way you want and then laminate it. If they have messages on the back it will be nice to turn the place mat over and remember the good times. If you don't want the message to show or the blank back to show then just put your first layer of cards down with picture against the table and then go back and put the second layer of cards on top with picture showing up.
How do I make a postcard?
I use my word processing program...under labels. But you can just take a sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock and cut it fourths. Each piece is a post card legal size. I put the entire sheet (page 1) in my printer and use my computer graphics to print something cute or noteworthy on each one - individually or as a group. I also type three lines on the reverse side (page 2) for writing the address. This is not necessary, but let's people I am gifting with the post cards know what they are to be used for. Then just print and cut apart - usually 4.25 x 5.50. Put proper postage on 'em and mail.
I agree with the above posting on how to get your printer to print postcards. Now notice those dimensions the post office considers a legal postcard size. Cut any paperboard, like cereal boxes, to that size. You can use glue stick to paste magazine images or photos on one side. On the other add forever postcard stamp from the post office or www.usps.com. Leave room for address and message. You can customize your homemade cards to suit the personality of the person receiving the card. Personalize with pieces of your own photos. Use cartoon balloons to add your own dialog. Use for birthdays, holidays, travel, get well, or ANY occasion. Nowadays paper mail is a delightful novelty, especially handmade & personized!!
Personal photos can be used to create unique postcards to send to friends and family. This is a page about make your own photo postcards.
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