By Sue Steinnerd/Kransky
Any Postcard can be produced for as little as
three cents a card-- The cost of zeroxing on two
sides of a colored, or white stock 80/100 lb. paper
at a fast-print shop. This is how most of the us create
the cards for the National Postcard Week (NPCW)
First week in MAY of every year. Plan now and be ready,
or do it anytime.
The first requirement for a postcard
is a theme, such as a historical event or your
collecting interests. With the use of cutouts from
newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, or some
graphic arts from your computer, or even your own
artistic talents, make a 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 layout
design of your card. Then make three more identical
layouts onto the same sheet of paper follow the
same directions to design the backside of the card.
Be sure to include your name and
address on your card so other participants will
know where to send you the card. Also include
the year to distinguish between years.
Possibly you may want to indicate
on the back side the total number printed. Then
as you trade, write on your card what number it
is of the total.
Take the front and back layout
sheets to a copy center, such as Kinko's or
Bis Mart, and have the staff zerox the sheets
back to back on your choice of heavy colored, or
white card stock. Then cut the cards into the
size indicated above and any excess and you
then have four postcards from one piece of paper stock.
If you are more willing to spend
more money on creating a Postcard, maybe you'd
prefer to pay someone else to do the artwork.
Rick Geary ia a postcard artist who has
drawn for many of the NPCW participants.
To have your card appear more professional,
take the layouts to a printing business
whose equipment can handle glossy-finish
card stock. Since there are different
thicknesses of card stock available, check
prices with several printers. Multi-colors on
your cards might be another aspect that you
may want to consider, except it does cost more!
How do I trade with others?
Send Barr's News, or Postcard Collector
magazine one of your cards; Inform them that
you are willing to exchange for other NPCW cards.
PS: This is usually only done just prior to
May and during May/June for NPCW. These
publications will devote pages to this event
and they receive many requests. Send one (SASE)
of your cards to other individuals whose cards
are featured and ask them to trade. Or send
to your PC Penpals,etc..
To Protect your Postcard, some
individuals will enclose their card in an
envelope. Others will put a stamp
on their card, have the postal employee
hand cancel the card and then you can insert
it into a plastic sleeve to protect it from
the Post Office machine problems. Of course
then hand it back to the Post Office
employee, and this process usually will
circumvent the Machine processing damage.
How much are these cards worth?
The current year's card is worth another trade,
or whatever price you wish to place on it!
Prior years are usually based on if you want
to collect them from certain persons and
then the market will control the price.
If you have other questions, ask
Walter at:
Happy Postcarding - Walter
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