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Make beautiful postcards from recycled materials

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This is my first ible so please comment I want to make it as good as I can. I was inspired by AlpineButterfly's postcard kit project and postcrossings to make my own postcards. Writing is definitely a lost art and having something handmade come in the mail is pretty much unheard of. I wanted to make something special for the people I am sending my cards and I always try to use materials at hand. This is a nice way to recycle lots of cardboard and paper. This is how I made mine. I hope others will give it a go. 

Remember it doesn't have to be perfect! My grandpa was a mailcarrier I have seen people so thrilled to see just the handwriting of a loved one. In fact some of my most treasured keepsakes are just that words on paper in a childs scrawl, the hurried writing of my sister at bootcamp, the impassioned writing of my love, and the slow thoughtful letters from my Pa. I even have poetry that my grandparents wrote back and forth to each other. For me there is nothing that tugs at my heart like the written word. I hope this inspires you to write someone who would love to see your words. 

 
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Step 1: Raid your kids school supplies!!

It worked for me! You'd be surprised all the goodies they have and don't use! You'll need to  gather together scrap boxes from cereal, or in my case junk food, also you'll need drawing supplies, anything you feel comfortable with. For mine I used nice colored pencils, good ole #2 pencils the kind your grade school teacher was always demanding, and I used a cheap ink pen that I got for free. I also found myself using school glue, and a few sprays of clear coat spray paint from the dollar store. You don't have to use this medium, you may feel more comfortable with paint, or decoupage, this is a fun project and there are no rules. 
layasera1 year ago
I love re-using stuff and this is the first time I'll start making postcards, you gave me an idea. Thank you for sharing! More re-ibles please :)
paqrat2 years ago
The book you show was published by Dover Publications and they have an incredible number of books of graphics some with cd's of the artwork in the books so you don't have to scan it.
TigerMoon2 years ago

"Thanks for reading and please comment this is my first ible and I would love to make it better!"

I don't think you can improve on this ible tbcross, it's perfect as it is! And I am so inspired! Thank you for posting this!
PinkHeart3 years ago
That is really cool. Very nice results too!
tbcross (author)  PinkHeart3 years ago
Thanks so much :)
I love your pictures. I'll definitely try this.
tbcross (author)  supersoftdrink3 years ago
great! I hope you'll post a scan or 2 when you do :) Thanks
jennablur3 years ago
What a good idea! Thanks!
tbcross (author)  jennablur3 years ago
Thanks I hope you give it a whirl.
Puzzledd3 years ago
This is a lovely idea.

I really like the way you remind us of the value of hand-written commmunication ..and with such beautiful presentation it is extra-special.

Quite inspiring! Thanks :)
tbcross (author)  Puzzledd3 years ago
Thanks we've really enjoyed making them. I've actually started emptying boxes just to use for this :)
aeray3 years ago
"Health food packaging"!:)
tbcross (author)  aeray3 years ago
Umm there's granola bars in there,...they're covered in chocolate but yeah there's granola. And cake that's eggs, milk, and flour right...yeah that's the ticket! :)
RLip3 years ago
Really nice. Very well written and love all the drawings. Especially the Blue Bird :) .... And kudos for the family involvement. I can't draw. But may try this one. Thanks.
tbcross (author)  RLip3 years ago
thanks I hope you do it's a fun project.
Nice Instructable!! I love how you explain about your inspiration... and got the kiddos involved. Plus the postcards are really fun.
tbcross (author)  AlpineButterfly3 years ago
Thanks, I hope people try it because we've really been having a lot of fun with it and it's cost us nothing!