Celebrate With Thoughtful Correspondence
Last week, on my instagram account, I shared an idea that I implemented for my husband's surprise 40th birthday celebration. About a month out, I solicited birthday messages from his friends and family on some double-sided, self-addressed postcards that I printed and mailed along with our Christmas cards.
When I asked if I should add this option to my shop, the response was overwhelming! And, so, I'm pleased to announce that you can now find Semi-Custom Occasion Postcards in my shop. The design and ink color options are fairly simple, because it's the thoughts of the card-writers that will count most!
Just select a quantity and ink color and then provide the address to which you'd like for the cards to be mailed, and the message for the card fronts. I'll send you a digital proof within the week. Allow 2-3 weeks for the printing and shipping.
Tips for Preparing the Cards:
1. You'll want to make sure to have enough postcard stamps on hand to include with the cards so that they're sure to make it back to their recipient. USPS.com usually has a couple of designs to choose from, so place an order online or visit your local post office. Be sure you have enough regular stamps as well for mailing the outer envelopes containing your cards.
2. Prepare your envelopes. While you wait for your cards to arrive, you can order, address, and stamp your outer envelopes so that you're ready to roll with the mailing as soon as you receive them. Because the postcards are standard 4X6" size, I'd opt for what's called an A6 envelope or one that measures 4.5x6.25." This is standard envelope sizing and you can find them online (try Cards and Pockets) or most stationery shops like Paper Source.
3. Hand-write or print off a brief note with each postcard explaining what you're doing and when you'd like each person to aim to have their note in the mail. Though cards will surely trickle in, it's fun to have a steady stream of them come in as you celebrate your special person and their milestone. Want me to create a printable template for you to include? Comment below!