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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!
Personal photos can be used to create unique postcards to send to friends and family. This is a guide about make your own photo postcards.
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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.
Tips for saving money on postcards. Post your ideas.
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.
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.
Here is what I do. I go the thrift shop and buy old post cards and redecorate the front with what ever I want. Most of the time you can buy a box 50 for about 50 cents.
Another way would be to get some cardstock cut it into fours and decorate your way. There are also free programs that will let you print on one side the look of a post card.
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Has anyone ever made their own postcards? I would like to make my own, but do not know where to start. Any suggestions? I have inks and stamps. Thank you.
By Dianne from South, AL
The Post Office has no rules that I know of for what you send through the mail. I used to work outgoing mail for the Post Office back in the 90s in a college town. You wouldn't believe what we saw coming through to be mailed. One time it was a bra just before St Patrick's day. It had the address on one cup and the appropriate postage stapled on the other cup along with the message "Erin go Braugh! Also I remember a Hershey bar wrapper coming through acting as an envelope. (04/03/2009)
Yes, there are legal sizes for postcards. I make them out of recycled cards. The United States Postal Service site tells you the size and the weight the cards have to be. Check it out. (04/06/2009)
I have used photographs, the front cut from a greeting card, or a picture from a magazine glued onto cardboard, etc. Since the post office uses machines, it may be a good idea not to glue on any decoration that could get caught on the machine. Also, keep it close to postcard size since a larger size could change the postage. I always put a line down the center of the card - message on the left, address and stamp on the right. (04/18/2009)
Try Postcards.com You can upload your own photos and customize it on their website. They print them on high quality paper at the correct size so you don't have to worry about the little details. Just make it your own and send them out to your friends, they can even send them out for you. Check them out, it's a great way to send holiday cards, invitations, or greetings! (10/08/2009)
Cut the front off greeting cards you receive and use them as postcards.
By ponyanddogshow (05/16/2005)
I had a hard time finding postcards to buy in bulk for a reasonable price. I decided to make my own. I save bits of old fabric scraps, wallpaper, scrapbook paper, magazine paper, or those annoying inserts that drop out of magazines. I use the leftover material and paste on 4 x 6 index cards, making post cards for entering sweepstakes and sending thank you notes.
By MaryBeth Isaac (08/22/2005)
Following MaryBeth's idea, you could paste photos of the grandchildren, etc. and send with a quick note to the grandparents, family or friends. I saw this idea in a catalog. (08/23/2005)
I cut up old programs from ball games and make collage note cards for my favorite team! (08/23/2005)
Double check the usps.com site for dimensions on postcards without having added postage.
I buy a ream of plain white card stock, run it through my printer to print what I want on it, and then cut it in quarters. I also rubber stamp, stencil, collage or whatever on this same size.
This also works nice because the same size, cut in half, fits in small invitation size envelopes for great handmade cards. (08/23/2005)
For Thank You cards after my baby shower, I used blank medium sized Index cards and a rubber stamp. I stamped one side with a baby in a buggy and Thank You under it, then flipped it over and took a ruler and drew a line about 2/3 of the way in to separate the message side and the address side, then I flipped it back over and embellished with marker and colored pencils. (02/17/2006)
Use the fronts of cards previously sent to you. What fun it might be to send a thank you note to a person using the card front they sent you. I use old Christmas cards this way (also use them as gift tags).
Use digital photos printed on card stock and write your message on half of the back, then address to the recipient on the left. This works very well. (02/17/2006)
You would need to use card stock paper to print on. Standard size for postcards is 6x4, but you can go to www.usps.org to find out specifics. Assuming you have access to a computer, I did a search in Google and found some interesting free printable postcard sites. Some urls I pulled up on Google that you might try include:
I send "happy mail" to seniors and shut-ins by making my own on my computer, but I use my graphics and pictures of my own and customize mine in a print shop program. I will put a .jpg of a basic template I created that you could use. On the other side, assuming you do not do your own computer graphics, you could write more to your note, or paste a cut-out from a magazine or draw/create something of your own. Best wishes! Hope this helps. If you need to reach me by email, you can reach me at:
themusiclady AT yahoo . com.(remove spaces) (02/17/2006)
I buy double photo prints and use the double for a postcard. My grandchhildren love it when they see themselves from earlier times. (02/17/2006)
By Megan's mom
If there is a way to get your mailing address, I would be willing to send you a lot of photos of beautiful scenery that my mother took but I did not have the heart to throw out. I was hoping that they could be used for something.
I made some Valentine post cards for a yahoo exchange I am on. I asked the post office before starting. You can use card stock and make your own. Look on the usps.com site for sizes and weight. I know card stock is heavy enough. I decoupaged different pics and scrapbook paper on mine, then laminated them. Yes, you can laminate them and send through the mail.*** Make sure you add postage after you laminate. That way they can keep your card forever. If you would like to see a pic send me an email. ucmelaffn AT aol dot com
Charline, I'm a 5 year breast cancer survivor - I was diagnosed at 37. While I was going through chemotherapy, I bought a box of stationary with matching envelopes from Target; did my thank you letters on the computer using Word, and printed them out. Using Word, you can specify the size of the paper you are using so it will print correctly. If you don't have the software to do this, maybe a friend can type and print them out for you. Charline, stay positive - you will be on the other side of this soon. Through that trying time in my life, my focus was on God; he gave me the peace I needed at just the right time. God Bless You! (02/18/2006)
There's plenty of online sites where you can write your own heartfelt cards. As long as the recipients have email addresses, they won't cost you a cent. (02/20/2006)
Cardstock is great, and please consider the photographs (especially of you with friends/family). These will be great keepsakes for years to come. I found some that my great-grandparents had kept! Not sure of the exact years, but definitely 19th century. It is a memorable inexpensive way to send a lovely note and picture. (03/08/2006)
Try cutting up boxes of friendly, fun items like desserts, comfort food and snacks, e.g. Twinkies, into post card size and sending them. If the back side isn't suitable or white, you can cut up a blank sheet of paper and glue it there. Hope this helps. Good luck :) (04/08/2006)
By Champion Cheapskate
I have read everyone's ideas and suggestions, and they are all wonderful! I don't know what I could add, except to say that your idea is simply wonderful. I always prefer giving gifts and cards from the heart. This usually means that I took the time to put a little something together that was made with the recipient in mind (something just for them). This way, my hope is that they will find the gift or thank-you token is just for them, something they can and/or will use and maybe even something they can in turn share with others or keep for a treasure, etc.
There is no greater gift than one that keeps on giving after you've given it as intended. One additional note: Please be sure to sign your gifts or tokens, so they will always think of you and your thoughtfulness. May God bless & keep you as you travel your life's journey. (05/03/2007)
Not sure if you're still reading this web site, but I send postcards all the time using a self stick postcard backing that you just peel and stick on the back of a 4 x 6 photo. I just ordered more at Paragongifts.com. They are 9.99 for 48. Love showing off my new grandson. (07/09/2007)
All you have to do is use the picture you want to send, and write on the back of it as if it were a post card. I've done this many times and it always works. It's easy and you don't have to buy any extra materials! (09/08/2008)