It’s the time of year when you want to send out beautiful handmade cards, but may not know what to do about bulky embellishments. You may only be guessing at how to package them so they arrive in good shape. And if you’re like me, you’d rather NOT have to go to the post office to find out how much postage you need!
This card was in Monday’s post. You can see instructions for creating the card in an assembly line process: Super Easy Christmas Card. You might think that sending out a lot of these cards could get expensive due to the Mini Pinecones, but even with padding, this card will mail for one Forever stamp, which this year costs 47 cents.
Here’s a card that could give you fits about whether you could mail it or not. Not only is it a Shaker Card with a thick layer of craft foam, it also has the Mini Jingle Bells that could make it too bulky to send.
But no, it will only take two Forever stamps, plus one Extra Ounce stamp. That’s $1.15. You probably wouldn’t want to send a lot of cards at that price, but for a special friend or family member, you just might decide it’s worth it.
Last year I made a couple videos that de-mystify the Postal Service rules and postage rates. This seems like a good time to post the information again, so you can figure out just how much embellishing you want to do!
The first video gives guidelines and suggestions for packaging your cards.
The second video will help you figure out the postage you need without going to the Post Office. This is a revised version of the video. I got the information for the first version from a brochure the Postal Service sent out, but it turned out to be incorrect. The video has captions in red where it needed correcting, and the downloadable pdf has accurate information.
Use this link to download the pdf “Sending First Class Mail Without Going to the Post Office.” http://stampingmadly.com/SendingFirstClassMail.
Leave a comment to let me know if these videos make sending your cards easier!
Skip the trip to the Post Office! Now that you’ve learned how to mail handmade cards with bulky embellishments, you can be confident that your cards will arrive safely and with the correct postage.