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Vivid And Eye-Catching: Postcard Printing In The Contemporary World

By Ben Pate

The birth of postcards in the early days was primarily for those who could not afford to purchase stamps and envelopes. Over the years, however, postcards have become a novelty everyone enjoys sending and receiving from friends and family members. Pre-made cards used to be the only option, but now postcard printing has become customized and personalized.

Postcards have remained a staple of travel and of invitations to big events, hardly changing at all over the course of time. They still carry the same open format as they did during the time of their creation, with the writing on the back visible to anyone upon examination. Post offices and some gift shops in various exotic places often sell cards with pre-paid stamps in place to make sending one as simple as writing the note.

Cardboard paper has long been used to give postcards greater support and stability. After choosing a particular cardboard or construction paper, reduce its original size down to 3.5″x5″ (this will become the base structure of the postcard). Decorate the front side of the card any way that looks aesthetically appealing. The backside should be divided into two portions so the address can be written on the right side and a small letter on the left.

Another easy form of making postcards is to use a photo as a base for the postcard itself. Print out a 3.5″x5″ photo at a local photo store, or at a home computer printer, and divide the back with a marker into two even spaces. The right side on the back is used to write down the recipient’s address, while the left side is designated as the location for a short little note to the recipient.

Some stores, like the local postal center, sell stickers that look just like the back of a regular postcard. These stickers can be applied to any index card or photo to form a ready to go postcard. Some require a stamp, but most sticker backings are printed with pre-paid postage.

For the production of multiple postcards the best resource for convenience is online stores and printers. Print shops with online sites offer the same presentation folders services online as in store, and sometimes even more. These options allow the customer to design an original work of art that has a postal function.

Many features online are for the overall design of the postcard, which is a good idea to look into if a person is less artistically inclined. However, some of these options serve a functional purpose. Most websites offer special options like prepaid postage for their products.

Although emails and the Internet have allowed everyone to stay connected virtually, postcard printing and presentation folder printing still offer great enjoyment to be had by all.

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