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What is a Postcard?

A postcard is a thin card intended for writing a short informal letter to a family member or a close friend. However, it can also be utilized as a business postcard. Writing a postcard, for a business, is a cheap way to get instant messages to clients. It is usually a thick paper that is rectangular in shape. Some would confuse a postcard from a postal card. Postcards are usually printed by businesses, organizations, or an individual while the postal cards are issued by postal authorities. It is said that the postcard size is at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inches thick and no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

How to Create a Postcard

The postcard-making process is as simple as one, two, three. We have prepared an easy guide to make the perfect vacation postcard, Christmas postcard, or birthday postcard. Just follow these steps to have an easier time making your own postcard.

1. Design Your Postcard

You have the choice to either buy a ready-made postcard template or make your own blank postcard from scratch. A postcards layout is a photo on the front and the letter at the back. Choose a photo fit for the creative postcard you are planning to send. Choose a photo of the place you are visiting if it's a travel postcard or a photo of fireworks if it is for a New Year postcard. Always match your photo to the content of the postcard. A postcard is usually a plain one but if you want it to be extravagant, you can add a color scheme to it.

2. Choose Postcard Format

After designing your postcard, format the layout of your printable postcard. Conventionally, the back of the postcard is divided into two parts: The message and the address. Plan where you would put the message and the address on the back. An organized layout for your postcard is best since it would be easy on the eyes as the message or information is presented without overwhelming the reader. Also, do not forget to add a stamp or logo for your postcard.

3. Write the Content of the Postcard

Now that you already made a format, you can now start writing the content of the modern postcard. Write what you want your family member, friend, or client what you want them to know. If the postcard's recipient is your family or friend you can have your message in an informal way but avoid being informal if it is for business purposes. Write the whole address of your recipient on the other side for easy distributions. Just a tip, keep your message on the allotted space to avoid a disorganized format.

4. Print Postcard

Once you're done, print your simple postcard to in high quality. Use your own printer to avoid bad-looking prints. However, you can print it in your local printing shops with good printing reviews.

5. Mail Postcards

Sending a creative postcard is quite similar to sending a letter. But, the thing is postcards are usually mailed without an envelope. Find a reliable post office in your area. Check before dropping your postcard if it has all the stamps needed and the correct address. If you're sending to or from overseas, have patience and wait for a couple of days until it reaches its destination.

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