DIY RSVP Postcard questions

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Most postcards are 4 x 6 (inches)

I’m doing Postcard Invites.

In regards to the paper, it depends whether you are planning to use ink jet or laser jet. I decided in getting laser-jet friendly paper — get Staples to mass print it; then I’d just glue it onto my postcards.

Post # 5
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2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

It’s still a work in progress! (Calligraphy needs practice)

I bought a few samples of champagne laser jet paper from Staples.

33% says scrap it, but I don’t have a lot of time to experiment, hah! Here’s the thread of how it looks like printed using Ink Jet on champagne paper:
http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-critique-my-diy-postcard-invite-art-pictures-included#axzz2qhtNpVWd

I’m glueing the paper to empty/blank postcards, which FI and I found at an arts supply store.

EDITED TO ADD:
Here’s where I got the blank postcards:
http://www.deltaart.ca/index.php/browse/search/part_num_and_description/strathmore/page/3

If you can find Photo Paper, that could be your life saver, OP.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I made my own postcard RSVP cards. They just need to be in between the two measurements on the USPS website. Mine were 3.5′ x 6′. I took one of my samples in to the post office to double check. I was nervous about them getting through the mail, but it all seemed to work out fine!

The USPS also lists the thinkness requirements – you can probably figure out the thinkness based on information on you paper’s packaging and/or doing some Googling about paper thickness. I used cardstock and an inkjet printer.

I printed all parts of my invitation with the inkjet and mailed a sample to myself to see how it survived the mail. The ink did rub off on the other pages of the invite. So I ended up spraying everything that had ink on it with a fixative.

Let me know if I can provide any other information! Good luck!

Post # 7
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@tanya4285:  I did 4×6 and used 140lb watercolor paper.  It was good thickness as it didn’t bend too much and the test one went through the mail great, but still thin enough to go through our ink jet printer ok.  I also liked the texture of the watercolor over normal cardstock.  The cost of the watercolor paper pad (with 40% off coupon at Michaels) was very affordable compared to cardstock, especially since there weren’t a lot of options locally and I would have had to pay shipping.

The postcard has to fall into the specific size range, but they also have to be a certain ratio of height to length.  Look at the nonmachinable characteristics  link on the USPS site. 

Another thing to consider is the size envelope you are going to use and the size of your invites.  A2 and A7 are really easy to find.  A4, not so much.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Goofball:  If you don’t mind me asking, did you cut your watercolour paper pad into postcard sizes?

My postcards are also watercolour pads, but in 4 x 6. It’s textured though — so I don’t know if the ink would bleed well. Staples told me that they wouldn’t print my invite art on my postcards.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 @Cynderbug:  I used the Strathmore 300 series, 24 pages 9″x12″ and cut them myself using a basic paper cutter (I already owned it, but it was only ~$10 new), so 96 postcards for about $5.  I did the invites the same size too, granted I had a small guest list and didn’t have that many to make though. I printed directly onto the watercolor paper using the “best” setting since it soaked up the extra ink, but it didn’t bleed or look fuzzy at all. It printed great, no problems. The RSVP’s came back through the mail in great shape too. (I also printed the belly bands on the same printer using fabric interfacing, those were a PITA.) Did Staples not want to print on the wc paper or the paper you’re attaching to it?   

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Goofball:  Staples won’t print directly to my 4×6 Strathmore watercolour postcards. So, I’m going to create a template with 4 postcards per letter-sized laser-jet friendly champagne sheets.

So, I will be attaching the sheets onto the postcard with some strong scrapbook adhesive tape — though school glue would probably work just as well.

That’s a great experiment with the watercolour pads. Maybe I’ll print it myself and try, lol! Thanks for sharing the results of your DIY!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cynderbug:  do a test with the mail to see if the paper on the postcards goes through the machines ok. I’d also check with the PO to make sure that it still qualifies as a postcard if you have two sheets attached together. I was able to change the paper print size to 4×6 and cut the sheets down first. It helped with lining the fronts and backs up. 

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