I’ve loved postcards since I started collecting them as a kid. It helped that my grandparents were world travelers and sent me such unique cards. As a result, everywhere I travel, I still send postcards. I’m holding onto it as a form of communication even in the age of Twitter, e-mail and text messaging!
I decided to integrate postcards into my wedding — and not just any postcards but vintage ones. I love the feeling of the linen that was used for postcards in the last century. The drawings of places are so lovely and seemingly still so true to the photos we see of those places today. Our wedding is taking place in Denver, where we live, so I started the hunt for vintage Colorado postcards (and you can do the same for whatever place you’re having your wedding!).
Fortunately, they are not that hard to find. Though Etsy boasts a few, eBay is your best bet — and bid on postcard lots rather than one or two at a time. Even though some of them may have writing on the back, the description should tell you if there are blank ones mixed in. I spent less than $20 (including shipping) for two lots of 15 postcards.
I initially wanted to use the cards for invitations, but unfortunately the postcards’ size limits the information you can put on them. Also, once we received the cards in the mail, we completely fell in love with them and didn’t want to give them away! So instead, we’re going to send them out and have our guests mail them back! Then, I’m going to use them in a wedding scrapbook.
All you need for this project are transparent stamps, an acrylic block, and an ink pad. In all, it’s about a $30 purchase at Michaels (and bring your coupons! You can save at least 40% on one of the stamping tools!), but I know I’m going to reuse the acrylic block and ink pad for birthday cards, thank you cards, etc. It’s so versatile!
I stamped the cards, will hand-address them and add postage (32 cents for a postcard), then slip them in with our invitations (which I’m also stamping and hand-writing). I did the stamping on my sewing surface, and I suggest you stick with a nice, flat space too (I do so much on my lap these days — not a good idea for this project!).