Yes, you can really mail them. I have used this one several times whenever I need to insert a self addressed postcard as confirmation that whatever I am mailing was received. The stamp just sticks on the front. My post office peeps "love" these.
They also make nice postcards and you can add a message to the back side if you want. This is a postcard template that I used at one time making art postcards. You could use one just for the size only if you have one available in your stash.
You don't think you have strips of paper to use? Trust me you do. Any paper with color, design, writing, or scribbles is a border and can be used for the frame work. I save all my paper. Magazines are a great place to cut strips for borders and words and small images. When I have paper left from projects, I immediately cut them into strips and squares so I have frames ready to use when I need them.
Begin by laying your strips on your template. I start at the top. It's okay if the one you want to use doesn't go all the way across, you can attach it with a square. Inchie's work well here too. Glue only the end of the strips together using a glue stick. Do not glue to the template. Depending on your design you can attach small strips together or one long one. Don't worry about your strips over lapping the template, this will be trimmed later.
Here you can see where the left top corner strips were attached by adding a square. (See the previous photo)You can add the squares even if they meet, it just adds more interest to your design. Remember to lift your frame off the template periodically to make sure you have not glued the entire strip to the template. Glue only ends to ends and paper to paper, not to the template.
Once your frame/border is complete, you can start gluing pieces to your frame and each piece will connect to another, again careful only to attach edges to edges with the glue stick and not to the template. You may want to play around with your pieces before gluing them together. This is where you will decide if your card will represent your business by adding a business card. You may want to make it a fun personal card,adding your own photos. They make great birthday greetings, Thank you cards and art cards that represent You. Be sure to leave open spaces between your images. The amount of open spaces you leave is entirely up to you.
On this side, you will be gluing paper to paper, not the edges to edges. Do not let your images overlap the backside of your front images or it will show. It is okay if they don't fit the image perfectly on the back side because you can fill it in later with markers. If the strips you are using for the backside of the frame are wider, you can still use them, no need to spend time re-cutting. Just match the frame edges as close as you can to the inside border. If it over laps on the outside edges, it will be trimmed later.
Once you are happy with your inside images, you can go back and color in the white exposed edges. It's perfectly fine to leave them white, but I prefer to use colored markers to full them in. It brings all the images together with a happy finish.
Carefully flip your card back around to the front and trim your frame from the front side. At this point you can still add small words to your frame if desired by gluing them on top. Now you will trim all the over lapping edges of your frame. Next, use a Jumbo black marker to edge all around the frame. (This is not absolutely necessary, but I have a silly thing about white edges).
Back to the tape: You can use any flat slick surface. Start with either side of the card. Make sure your surface and your hands are clean. The tape will pick up everything.
Lay one strip across the top of the card. Leave some overlapping at the top and a couple inches on each side. Very gently pat the tape on the card. Keep in mind you will have to lift this up and turn it over.
Lay your second strip across the middle over lapping on the first strip of tape. Repeat with your third strip. Gently press onto your card.
Now, lift the tape strips on both sides and top and bottom and pull up with the card attached and flip it over. Repeat on the back side with the tape. Once you have all the tape strips in place then you can use your fingers and press and score the card so that any bubbles are removed. You are now ready to trim all the tape from the edges of the card.
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A few more examples of packing tape cards below: