I got this great idea from one of my new favorite sites, Design Sponge. They have a full tutorial on that post, along with other ideas, so I thought I’d just share my take on it and what I did differently.
Materials I used:
- Cutting Mat
- Clear acrylic quilting ruler (I use it for cutting fabric for sewing along with paper for projects like this, but any clear ruler would work for you)
- Rotary cutter (or exacto knife)
- Scrap cardboard
- Cover stock or card stock
- Thank-you stamp
- Bone folder (again, optional, you could use the edge of your ruler though I find the point on this helpful for getting the hand torn edges glued down firmly)
Step 1: Cut your scrap cardboard up into 4×6 pieces (this works with the template you can download below, but you can make a postcard that is anywhere from 3 1/2 x 5 to 4 1/4 by 6 according to the USPS). I used my rotary cutter for this as I’ve gotten a new blade for it, so if it’s too dull for fabric after cutting up this cardboard, I’m all set and ready to go.
Step 2: Design your postcard front and back. If you don’t want to make your own custom postcard back, you can download this blank template I created. It’s just like what you see in the pics, minus my address and the flowers from my logo. To create your own template for hand tearing, design a 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch rectangle (or half an inch smaller then your card board size), and keep all your design work inside that area. For the postcard front, any image that will fit in the same sort of area or smaller. I designed one that can be torn to a square because I wanted space to stamp the “thank you” on the side. You could design the “thank you” as part of the front and save yourself a step, I just really liked the look of the stamp ink on the cardboard.
Step 3: Hand tear all your pieces of card stock apart. To hand tear effectively, line your clear ruler up 1/4 of an inch past the line on your postcard template, with the part you’re keeping under the ruler. Grasp the margin firmly and pull.
Depending on the grain of your paper, some of it may rip easier one direction then another, so you may want to pull towards you or away from you depending on that. Plan on a test sheet to get the hang of this. Always keep the finished part under the ruler as the part that’s under the ruler gets the cooler edge then the part you’re tearing off. To tear the front design, I just lined up the part of the design that stuck out the most a 1/4 from the edge of the ruler and ripped away.
Step 4: Glue your card stock pieces to your cardboard. I used this awesome glue stick that I found in the scrap-booking section of either Joann’s or Hobby Lobby (probably Joann’s) and a bone folder to make this easier.
To glue, lay your finished card stock piece face down on some scrap paper, and make sure you get the glue all around the hand torn edges. You don’t want a loose edge to that can be grabbed as they get sorted through the mail. Position on cardboard, and smooth down from the middle to the edges. Use the bone folder or the edge of the ruler to make sure all the glued card stock comes in contact with the cardboard, and I like the point on the bone folder to run all around the edges and get them as tight as possible.
This glue stick has a really good hold. I did a test run and I left a loose corner that I then pried up to see how good the hold was, and it ripped the cardboard apart before the paper would come off the back, so in other words, something glued down with this isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. 😉
After you’ve glued front and back designs onto your cards, you’re ready for:
Step 5: Stamp the “thank you” on the front.