Thursday, June 3, 2010

Modern Thank You Post Cards

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Today I'm going to show you one of my favorite ways to say "Thank You": via postcard. I first discovered the glories of the thank you postcard when Chris and I were getting married. While designing our invitations, I thought to myself: I need to make a personal thank you that's easy and cheap to send. Hmmm. . . A postcard! Perfect. Since then, I've been making postcards for friend's weddings, parties, etc. They're a breeze.

For the inspiration, I found these beautiful paintings of Jennifer Sanchez via Color Collective. They're gorgeous, right? There's something about them that reminds me of mid-century modern art with a contemporary twist.

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To make our Mid-Century Modern postcard, you will need the following tools: a black pen, white paper cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches and a scanner (or a Wacom tablet). You'll also need a sans-serif font. I used Print Clearly.

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1. Make your illustration. You don't need to have an art degree to do this, just draw a bunch of parallel lines in various directions. Cluster your line groupings in the center of the 4.25x5.5 inch paper.

2. Scan your pen drawing, or do the above drawing with a Wacom tablet.

3. Save 2 versions of your scanned pen drawing (if you mess up & accidentally save like I always do, you'll be thanking me later.)

4. Color your illustration. Open your drawing in Illustrator or Photoshop. Create a new layer and use your brush tool to fill in random shapes over your illustration. Set the transparency of your new layer to multiply before coloring. This way, the color will magically fall behind your scanned illustration.

5. Using your type tool, type in your desired message. Transform your text to be slightly slanted.

6. Set up your file to print. Your final postcard will be exactly a quarter sheet of regular letter paper. These dimensions fall within the approved range of sizes for USPS postcards and they're easy to gang up and cut. Open up a letter-sized document (@300DPI for photoshop users), add guides at the 4.25 and 5.5 marks. Copy & paste your postcard illustration to each of the four sections of your document. PRINT!

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Because I'm super lazy and don't have any desire to set up a double-sided document, I add the vertical postcard line by hand when I'm writing my thank yous (see sample above). Hope you enjoy!


  1. Really cute! (and I like the hand-drawn line on the address side, I thought it was intentional since it matches the style on the front :-)

  2. This may be the trick to making me better at Thank Yous!!

  3. Love them Melissa! How cool that kids could make their own set too :)

  4. Great idea, I'll take it up!



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