Forget about dropping generic cards in the mail to your family and friends. You can make your own. Here is some postcard design inspiration to get you started.
“There’s no place like home”
It’s weird…when you’re home you get itchy feet and all you want to do is travel. But when you’re out on the road traveling, you end up missing home!
Actually, homesickness is very common, with up to 70% of adults experiencing homesickness at some point in their life.
How can you combat the feelings of missing home without ditching your wanderlust dreams?
You’ve got to keep up the connection with your friends and family back home. Of course, there are several ways to do it, Skype, social media and online messaging comes to mind.
But to bridge the gap between reality and the online world, you may want to send something physical like a postcard. A postcard doesn’t have to be a generic and boring landscape shot of the local beach. A postcard can be personalized, funky and anything you want it to be!
Keep reading for 10 cool postcard design inspiration ideas.
A really cool way to send a personalized postcard is to include your photo. If you’re on a long trip or taking a gap year, your family and friends back home will treasure a postcard with a heartfelt message and photos of your travels.
You could pick a photo that epitomizes your trip, or go for a collage of your favorites. But instead of finding a printer and paying out expensive postage charges, do it online. It’s super easy! For postcard design inspiration there are several online postcard websites. They enable you to simply upload your clicks into a personalized design or even into fun frames. You can include a message, and they print it and send it on your behalf. Super easy right?
For some really fun postcard design inspiration, you’ve got to check out the designs at mypostcard.com. They create unique customized postcards for you to send anywhere in the world. They even have an easy app you can use on your phone. View here to see their awesome designs.
For a unique handmade postcard, try paper marbling. It’s a totally unique style, and your friends and family will love that you created it yourself. On top of it all, it looks totally awesome!
But if you’re on vacation or traveling somewhere, can you do such a crafty project? Yes, you can! Creating a marble effect can be achieved by using a few simple household items. You just need shaving cream and food coloring.
Lightly mix food coloring into shaving foam, the place the postcard onto the colored foam.
Gently lift off the postcard and scrape off the excess shaving foam using a ruler or suchlike.
Leave it to dry and you’ve created a masterpiece!
A cool psychedelic postcard for you to impress your friends and family with.
A totally natural way to capture the essence of your trip in a postcard is to use the local floral landscape. Now you may not be an artist, but you can use leaves, flowers and paint to print a floral design.
It really is simple. Just head outside and take a look at the naturalistic to get some postcard design inspiration. Then gather a few leaves and flowers. Using paint, paint onto the flowers or leaves and stamp them onto the front of the postcard. This looks really effective with green paint on fern or palm leaves. Flowers printed in bright colors also create a pretty design. You can even use feathers for printing!
You’ll not only have created a unique piece of artwork, but it’ll also give the recipient a cute keepsake.
Sometimes while your away on vacation or a wandering trip, you may miss celebrations back home. Whether it’s your sisters birthday, or your Gran and Grandpas wedding anniversary, you’ll want to let them know you’re thinking of them. One cool way to combine celebration with your vacation is to send a confetti postcard.
First, download a postcard template and print it on a piece of vellum. After trimming to size, sandwich some confetti inside the front and back pieces of vellum. Then sew or glue the two edges together with the confetti in between.
It looks super bright and funky. The recipient will definitely appreciate receiving such a cool postcard in their otherwise drab mailbox. And best of all, it shows you’ve not forgotten anyone back home!
When you travel the world, you generally get to see a variety of cultures and an array of multicolored fabrics. What better way to capture your experience than using fabrics from your destination as your postcard design inspiration.
Whether you choose one statement piece of fabric or create a patchwork effect with scraps, it’ll be a postcard the recipient won’t forget. For example, if you were in Asia, why not collect a few old saree scraps and send a piece of culture back home? Or if you were visiting Africa, how about some of their colorful clothing designs in a patchwork on your postcard?
It’s easy, you don’t even have to sew. Just glue the fabric onto the front, let it dry and then write your personalized message.
If you want to send a secret message to someone back home, why not try using a paper cipher?
A paper cipher is basically a way to decipher a hidden message. Whether you want to send a secret message to your boyfriend or girlfriend, or just something funny to one of your siblings it’s a really cool way to add some mystery and fun.
It’s not as complicated as it sounds. Create your own cipher with a simple piece of paper. Cut out gaps in the correct places. Write your message on a postcard using the cipher to add your hidden message. Then send the decoder and postcard to the recipient (preferably separately to keep the mystery going).
Although it’s not as sophisticated as high tech digital codes spies and suchlike use, it’s all good fun. The recipient will enjoy being a code breaker!
Map it Out
Another way to incorporate travel postcard design inspiration is using maps. Maybe you’re traveling around the world or to several different countries, so why not use maps to tell your story.
You could buy local tourist travel maps and paste them onto the front of your postcard. Add a little heart or star to show exactly where you are. The same goes for mini world maps and even maps printed from the internet.
If you’re handy with a sewing needle, one really unique way to customize a map is to stitch your journey onto it. Start from home, and stitch a path to each destination. It’ll help your friends and family back home to keep up with your travels, it’ll be a nice keepsake for them too.
Unlimited Washi Tape
In craft projects, there seems to be no end to the things you can do with washi tape! The same goes for postcards. It’s a simple, cheap way to create something unique. You don’t have to be artsy to do it, either.
Washi tape comes in a variety of different colors and designs, so you can create any style you want. You can create stripes, geometric shapes, circles, flowers, feathers and even complex designs if you’re crafty enough.
A cool postcard design inspiration idea is to create a mini calendar on your postcard. Use washi tape to create a grid, then fill in the spaces with your trip itinerary. It’s a great way to keep everyone up to date back home.
Shape of You
Grab a few stencils before your travel to create your own postcard designs. Better yet, make your own stencils!
It’s easy to do. You need some clipboard sheets, a small craft knife, and some paint. This is better to do before you travel.
Cut out designs and words into the clipboard sheet, such as a plane shape or the quintessential travel word “wanderlust”. For a real customized option, write your name and where your heading. For example, “Katy does Mexico”!
If you’re not so good at creating a shape yourself, you can always print it on paper and cut around it. Once you’re done, you will have a unique stencil that can be used again and again in creating thoughtful postcards for your loved ones back home.
Yes, Polaroid photos are generally square, but you can now get cameras that print rectangular shots instead. This is great for simple personalized postcard design inspiration.
Take a selfie or a shot of the awesome location you’re staying in. You could even combine the two, a cute selfie with a gorgeous backdrop! After it prints, add a message on the back. Stamp it and send it back home. It beats a generic Instagram post anyway!
If you do this regularly, by the end of your trip, the recipient will have enough photos to make a little album of your travels. Your parents would love it as a keepsake.
Postcard Design Inspiration
As you can see, there are loads of ways you can send a postcard. It doesn’t have to be boring! We hope these postcard design inspiration ideas will help you to create a unique personalized message for your loved ones back home.
A postcard delivered to your friends and family back home will have so much more value than a WhatsApp message or a Facebook post.
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