In this day and age, physical mail has become a bit of a treat! Tell me, (apart from your grandma) when was the last time someone sent you an actual letter in the mail? I live interstate from my friends and family, and to show my love, I have decided to try to keep in touch the old fashioned way: through snail mail!
If writing a whole letter seems daunting, don’t even worry – I’ve gotcha covered! Instead of sending one big letter, I came up with a nifty project you can do yourself: send separate postcards, that when joined together make up a full image!
– A4 adhesive paper
– A4 card
– Printer & computer
– Craft knife and ruler
– Photoshop (optional)
– Postcard templates
1. (If you do not have access to Photoshop you can skip to Step 2 and use our pre-made templates–succulents: front and back and flowers: front and back.) Open in Photoshop the blank template provided. Paste in the picture that you want to use for your postcards and resize it so that the top of the image fits to the width of the top rectangle. Using the Marquee tool – cut the rest of the image off of the bottom and move down to fit into the second rectangle. Portrait photos are best for this. If your image is big enough you can make it big enough to fit over 3 or 4 postcards, it will just take a little trial and error to resize your images accordingly.
3. OPTIONAL: Print the back postcard template onto another sheet of adhesive paper. You can of course draw out these lines manually, or forego them altogether! Just remember to leave room for the address and stamp, as well as your message!
4. Remove the backing paper from the adhesive paper you printed your image on and carefully line up with the edges of the A4 card and smooth down. Start from one corner and smooth to the opposite side to avoid air bubbles.
5. Using the knife and ruler, cut out the postcards along the edges and discard the scrap card. Cut out the backing postcard templates and remove from the adhesive backing paper to stick down on the other side of the postcards (if you are using the backing template). Trim away any rough edges.
6. Write your message and send to your family and friends!
I like to stagger when I send the postcards so your family and friends get to gradually make the full picture! You can make these postcards with photos of your family and friends, but I also like to use photos that are a little more abstract (like floral arrangements or patterns) so that there is a little bit of mystery around what the final image will be! Happy Mailing!
Dani (Craft contributor)
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