(Closed) Has anyone ever printed their own DIY postcards?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Cute, but it looks like the front is missing a little bit of the antique/vintage feel you are going for. Maybe change the font, or put photos in black and white / sepia / muted colors?

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@iadornyou:  Such good recommendations!

I say change the pics to sepia tones (You can do that with free online services. I use befunky.com a lot) and make the font more antique looking. 

I print invites for showers and things all the time at home. If you have a good printer, go for it. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

A friend recently did this, but whatever type of ink she used smeared when it got wet. So unfortunately her pretty pics did not arrive safely as they got a little rained on.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@NextMrsBright:  I’m guessing they got wet while in the mailbox and/or being delivered I guess.

I think I like the bigger city (Bluffton/Beauford) better since it will be more recognizable.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I designed/printed my own thank you postcards, but I used photopaper and haven’t had any problems with ink smearing.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@NextMrsBright:  Generally I buy full sheets and cut them down myself. I have a good, heavy guillotine-style cutter. Most chain office supply stores also have good cutters available for free. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@NextMrsBright:  I would go with Beaufort, since OOT guests would most likely be staying in hotels there anyway. I would probably look for hotels in whatever city I saw on the card. 

Contact paper on the front won’t cause issues with processing. You’re still risking the back smearing. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@NextMrsBright:  I mailed them as postcards.  We actually weren’t sure if they would be ok to go through the sorter at first, so we sent one to FMIL as a test.  It’s canon photo paper (4×6), each side is printed separately (I have a canon pixma), then glued them together.  So far I’ve sent out 7 and they’ve all gotten to their destination.  Plus I think post cards are $0.33 to mail instead of $0.46.  Even if something is postcard size, if you put it in an envelope, you have to pay for letter postage.

If you’re going to spend money on paper/printing, I would probably just go with some place like vista print.  My postcards were free to make because the paper came as part of a bonus pack when I purchased ink cartridges.

 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have printed my own photos at home & I agree wtih PPs that you might do better to just go through some kind of professional printer, even like Vistaprint. I say that because printing photos at home used so much ink. And I had to babysit the printer, and if the print quality degraded when I wasn’t looking, it was a waste of ink & paper. Overall it didn’t seem like a good use of my time.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@NextMrsBright:  I designed and printed my own RSVP postcards to go with our wedding invitations. I made sure to do a lot of research on what USPS will/will not consider a postcard, and made sure the weight, size, and thickness was in accordance with their standards.

Mine were very simple in comparison to yours, but they were easy to make and cost less to mail than an envelope. I chose a very thick, cotton-based letterpress paper pre-cut in A2 size to make sure it could withstand the abuse of the postal system, and they all got through a-okay!

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