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Cardmaking 101 Tips: Mailing Your Beautiful Handmade Creations With All Those Embellishments

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There are some points to consider when mailing those beautiful handmade creations with embellishments.
 
You know the cards I am talking about here, right? The ones with bows, jewels, brads, buttons...all. the. things.
 
Here are a few tips (from personal experience) for mailing these types of cards:
 
  1. Try using a piece of cardstock as a "buffer" to protect the card and prevent those embellishments from poking through the envelope. Cut a piece of card stock the size of the card so that it will slide easily into the envelope.

  2. You can also try dry embossing this piece of cardstock with an embossing folder. This will give it a better fit around those beautiful cards with embellishments...some extra padding if you will. :)

  3. Postage?
    If the card inside the envelope will not fit through a 1/4" slot (referred to as non-machinable) or weighs more than 1 oz., you will need extra postage. I have been using a first-class stamp plus an extra ounce stamp but the post office employee shared this 2 oz stamp with me recently. #pretty 


  4. What about size? From the USPS site... For a mailpiece to be eligible for First-Class Mail letter rates, it must be at least 3-1/2 inches by 5 inches by 0.007-inch thick, and no more than 6-1/8 inches by 11–1/2 inches by 1/4-inch thick. If the mailpiece falls within these dimensions, it is classified as a letter.

Here are a few examples of these handmade cards with embellishments that probably need extra postage and a little TLC:

  • Using ribbon and dimensionals on these cards made these pretty "bumpy".
  • The extra layers, ribbon, and rhinestones on this card...yes, extra postage.
  • Fun fold cards like this one are usually more than 1/4" thick.

Now that you've read these tips, leave a comment and let me know to whom you plan to mail your next card!

Protect those beautiful handmade creations with all those pretty embellishments when you send them through the mail and your gifts from the heart will be blessings to those who receive them.

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Rosalie

A long overdue thank you card for a gift card I received!! I have the envelope addressed!
Thank you for these tips and inspiration Lisa! Enjoy Hawaii!

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