Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TIPsy Tuesday - Reducing Bulk

I made the cards in this post for friends who are moving to California. I've printed their new contact info inside the card so they can send these to friends and family here or wherever. I wanted to make sure these had no problem being mailed.


My first effort was this version with the brads in the upper right corner - a blank area that cried out for a little embellishment as balance. While I love the look, a card like this is likely to either get rejected by the post office, require additional postage, or get ripped in their long trip across the country. So I tried a similar look with three punched holes using the small punch of my Crop-a-dile (shown above). I backed the holes with scraps of gray designer paper or cardstock.

Another simple and non bulky embellishment is to use paper piercing. If you don't have the Stampin' Up! mat pack for paper piercing, it is a definite buy. I love this technique.

I don't always worry about bulk and really haven't had any problems. If I think something will have issues being mailed, I use extra postage. The rule is that an envelope must fit through a 1/4" high slot in order to go without extra postage. Of course, there are size requirements for a single first class stamp also. Details are at USPS.com.

Ingredients: Stamps: Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories from Stampin' Up!
Watercolor paper, Watercolor crayons and markers from Stampin' Up!
More Mustard cardstock and Basic Gray DSP from Stampin' Up!
Blue cardstock and gingham ribbon from unkown source
Light gold designer paper from My Mind's Eye

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