I'm so excited to share this with you! I'm used to making my own cards for birthdays, holidays, or to express thanks, but I've never thought about making my own postcard. I drew off of my 101 in 1001 list for inspiration- I knew I needed to send loved ones a postcard and I thought- why not make my own and turn it into a blog post!
To start, I looked up guidelines for postcards and made mine 4" x 5.5" but you could do yours slightly bigger at 4" x 6".
To complete this project you need card stock or cardboard from a cereal box, a pencil, scissors, ruler, and materials for your design. I went with a simple watercolor one, so you'd need a brush, watercolors, a green colored pencil and water. You could choose to use leftover craft supplies, regular paint or a pen/pencil/marker and freehand a drawing or quote instead.
When I first started measuring, I didn't quite know how much room I had to work with on my card stock, so I could only cut out two postcards. However, you can benefit from my mistake and easily fit four on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock.
To do the design I did, I used a green colored pencil and traced around the bottom of a solo cup which held my water for watercolors.
Next, I painted 'leaves,' which were basically small arrows in differing directions. I tried a few different methods on the scrap card stock, which I would recommend for you so you can get the feel for what you think looks the best.
Doing the backside was easy- take your ruler and place in approximately in the middle and draw your dividing line. Next, I free-handed the three address lines as well- they should be about halfway down the postcard or a little lower to save a bit of room for the stamp. Postcard stamps are 34c in the US- so a little cheaper than regular stamps! A set of twelve cost me a little over $4.
All my postcards were a bit different but they all turned out pretty great. I hope my friends enjoy their snail mail! Don't worry if some of your lines are a little lopsided or if the design didn't come out perfectly- your friends and family won't care and will appreciate the thought!
Blog posts from 2014-2015 were transferred from my original blog on blogger, Oshiro Design, to my updated website, oshirodesigns.com