What is a Modern Postcard?
This is what you call those rectangular pieces of thick paper that are sent or mailed without the use of an envelope. The ‘modern’ part is used to differentiate the contemporary postcards today from the many variations over the course of history since its invention back in the 19th century. Also referred to as sourvenir cards, these come in many forms and cover all sorts of areas including, but not limited to: real estate, a wedding, marketing, and so much more. One of the most popular uses for this would be when a person decides to travel and needs to send a quick update to friends and family from back home.
How to Create a Modern Postcard
When you are setting out to make your own modern postcard from the comforts of home, there are a few things to take into consideration. Read all about them below, along with the other important steps that you need to follow if you want a relatively quick and easy overall experience. With that said, let us turn our focus towards the first step and get this process underway:
1. Consider The Material You Need
The two most common materials that creative postcard makers use are paper and cardboard. Be sure that when making your decision over what to use, it must have the necessary thickness. A minimum of .007 is needed, and anything above .016 is considered letter weight, which requires more expensive postcard stamps.
2. Cut Your Postcard Into The Right Size
Let it be said that the Universal Postal Union has set clear definitions of the maximum and minimum sizes of postcards. To be specific, the A6 international standard postcard size is exactly 5.8 x 4.1 inches or 148 x 105 mm.
3. Draw a Line Down The Center
Using a straightedge, create a line at the center of your card. For the space on its left side, the purpose would be to have somewhere to dedicate your message, whilst the right side is where you will need to place the name and address of the postcard’s recipient.
4. Draw The Address Lines
On the center line’s right side, be sure to draw at least three horizontal lines. The purpose of this is to have a designated space where you can write down the name and address of the recipient.
5. Decorate The Front of The Postcard
Gather the necessary supplies needed for the sample postcard frontmost part. Examples of what you can utilize will include paper clips of varying sizes, some glitter, a few photos, construction paper, ribbons, some magazine clippings, and glue to keep it all together. Once you’ve done that, you may proceed to decorate it in however way you see fit.
6. Write The Note
Utilize the space at the left hand side of your printable postcard to create a personal note to whom this is meant for. You may fill the space in however way you choose provided the address is still clearly visible.