I like to send cards to friends so they’ll find something cheerful and handwritten in their mailbox along with the usual plethora of bills, catalogs and junk mail. It’s fun to create your own, and small leaf prints make lovely postcards that are just the right size for a “thinking of you” note.
Supplies needed for this project:
Make your leaf prints 4″ x 6″, or tear larger leaf prints to this size. 4″ x 6″ is the USPS regulation size for postcards. These leaf prints were created on Saunders Waterford 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (affiliate link), which gives lovely rusts, umber, and golds and soft focus leaf prints.
Leaf prints bleed through to the back side of the print, so I use Fabriano postcards (affiliate link) for the back of my cards. They come in pads of 20, and give the finished postcards a nice substantial weight.
|Glue or Paste
I like YES! Stikflat Glue (affiliate link). It’s a paste that’s acid-free and easy to use. It spreads easily with a finger and adheres very well.
The Fabriano postcard backs are 4″ x 5-3/4″. I like to trim a little off of the 4″ side so that they don’t show through to the front of the leaf print.
Spread YES! glue on the postcard back with a finger, and press it onto the back of the leaf print. Place under a heavy book to dry.
That’s it! Write your note, address the card, add a stamp and pop it into the mail to brighten someone’s day!
Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving one of these beautiful postcards in the mail, and they’re also frameable as art.
If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, you might want to check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial. Printing with leaves is an easy and fun art project that anyone can do.