Creative Photographer PostcardsCreative Photographer Postcards
Hey Photographers & Other Creative Animals!
Last week I stumbled upon THE2BUDS.COM, The Collection Protection Shop. They have available peel n stick postcard backings that are easy and super economical for creating postcards using your own photos, artwork, or whatever. It's a great promotional tool for creative people.
Print and Make your own postcards to introduce yourself, impress clients, or just to let them know you really do exist. Create and send some cheesy Christmas cards too! It's easy and cheap, plus you can print a variety of photos and send a card that's the perfect fit.
For example, I sent this striking travel image of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia (above) to the Editors of Westjet's inflight magazine.
Once you receive the postcard backings, here's what to do:
Prepare your images
I bumped up the colour a bit and made sure there were no flaws on my photos - dust from my sensor etc. I added my simple watermark in photoshop (TERRY SEBASTIAN PHOTOGRAPHY) and customized it for each photo - sometimes it was on the bottom, other times, going up the side. You can even go crazy add your logo if you want. Build them at two sizes; 4x6 or 5x7 and make sure they are at least 300 DPI for best quality.
Print out your images at your favourite quality photo lab.
Get ready to be excited! I waited till they had a "starving photographer special" so I only paid about 40 cents for the 5x7's and 15 cents for the 4x6's.
Then just peel n stick em!
Trimming the PostcardsTrimming the Postcards
Now I must warn you there was a bit of trimming to be done - the postcard backs seemed a little larger then my photos. No problem, you can easily use scissors for trimming or if your'e more of a perfectionist and have lots of time on your hands use an artist's knife and cutting board. Unfortunately I didn't have a cutting board available so I used a smooth cardboard book cover from my kids' vast Barbie library (sorry kids). It finishes them off nicely and you can make postcards in odd and interesting sizes. I even made some square ones and long & skinny ones to compliment my photos.
Very Professional results especially the 5x7 format. I only wish I had ordered more of this larger size.
Go down to the Post Office and send 'em
Don't forget to write the address down, and try to be neat people!
The guys at thetwobuds.com were great. They couriered the products promptly and they deliver worldwide without any hassles. The postcard backs start at $4.95 for 10 (4x6) and $6.95 for 10 (5x7) They are post-office approved, made from heavy card stock and the backing has a stamp box and address lines.
For added flavour I made a custom rubber stamp for the backside displaying my services, web address and contact info.
Now we'll see how they arrive at their destination since they will be traveling over a few continents!