Postcards

Promote your brand and drive awareness with custom postcard printing. Great for mailing campaigns, handouts, coupons, reminders, and more. Print postcards to help you market your business and stand out.
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  • Excellent ROI on your marketing dollars. With our cheap postcard printing, we can promise even better returns.
  • Dare to be extraordinary with sizes, paper types, and coatings that will get you noticed.
  • Running a postcard mailing campaign? No problem. We’ll prep, sort, print, and mail your postcards.
  • A timeless and cost-effective way to build your brand.
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Download a template, drop some artwork on it, and add some text. Our templates have all the information you need to create a print-ready file.
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  • Preferred File Format: PDF.
  • Accepted File Formats: DOC, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIFF, AI, PSD, PUB, PPT.
  • Resolution: 300 DPI.
  • Color Space: We prefer CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/blacK). If you use RGB, the colors on the print may turn out, in some cases, different than what you're expecting.
  • Fonts: Please flatten your documents before sending your file. If you use a special font which our system can not recognize, the document will replace your font with another font in our system.

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    What postcard sizes do you offer?
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    We offer various sizes and shapes of postcards. 4x6 postcard printing, our most popular postcard size, is a great economical option for postcard mailing.

    If you don’t see a size that fits your print project, contact us for a custom quote.

    Do you offer postcard templates?
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    We currently do not offer design templates for custom postcards. If you have a question about design or need help setting up your files, feel free to contact us.

    How soon can I get my custom postcards?
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    Your exact delivery date depends on the size and quantity that you purchase. Our fastest option can get your postcards in your hands within 2 business days.

    Need your postcards sooner? Contact us for same day and next day service.

    Do you offer mailing services?
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    Yes, we do. Please contact customer service for a custom mailing quote.

    Why use Printivity’s postcard printing service?
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    Every order comes back with our customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with our quality, we do our best to make it right.

    Why should I create and customize my own postcard?

    If you run your own business, promote events, or work in education, designing and printing your own postcards are a great way to get the word out. By sharing and dropping off your custom postcards, you can communicate what you need to quickly and inexpensively.

    How does customization work?

    Using common design software or image manipulation programs, you can either download one of our postcard templates or design your own card from scratch. Common dimensions include 6” by 9” and 4” by 6” (useful for business cards.) Get creative! The templates will include boundary lines and bleed markers. Creating a unique card is a great to communicate the value of your business, your event, or yourself.

    What template should I use?

    As mentioned before, 4” by 6” is the standard template size for business cards. For events, 5” by 7” is a great choice. Check out templates above and experiment—you may be surprised. Most, but not all, design styles for print postcards use a landscape orientation. Play around with the different templates, experiment with them, and see what makes sense for your design before you order postcards.

    Fun facts about the history of postcards

    Postcards have a fascinating history. Officially, postcards started circulating back in 1840 when the writer Theodore Hook received the first postcard in London through the post. However, cards have been created with messages on them since the beginning of postal services. The study and collecting of postcards is called deltiology.

    The first American postcard was developed by the Morgan Envelope factory of Springfield, Mass. In that same year, Postmaster John Creswell introduced the first pre-stamped “Postal Cards”, also called “Penny Postcards.” These exploded in popularity as a convenient method of allowing US Citizens to send quick notes.

    In the late 1880s, collecting postcards gained traction as a hobby among many Americans, as improving postal systems at the time, along with the relative affordability of buying, sending, and receiving cheap postcards, gave them a foreign allure. Receiving postcards from exotic foreign locales was viewed as educational and fun. As this trend took off, both postmasters around the world and private printing companies started printing postcards for this rapidly growing market. Cheap postcard printing had come into its own as a multi million dollar industry.

    Postcards can also be traced back to the calling card culture that was essential in doing business across the British Commonwealth and North America from the 1870s to the turn of the century. It was considered only proper to leave one’s calling card at a residence or business before a meeting, and many of these cards were in the postal card 5” by 7” format. This is similar to the way business cards are used today.

    Ideas for different sizes and paper styles

    While the traditional mail-ready post card is 6” by 9”, different card size dimensions are used for mail coupons, sales, announcements, and countless other uses. Cards can range from as small as 4” by 6” and as large as 8.5” by 11”. These make postcard-style printing ideal for ads, instructional sheets, wedding and event announcements, and the like.

    Different paper styles that we support:

    • 100 lbs gloss: a thin paper usually used for brochures and flyers
    • 14 point “extra thick” semi-gloss: the usual paper stock used for unfinished business cards and postcards, has a slight glossy sheen.
    • 16 point “ultra thick” semi-gloss: used for upscale business cards and gloss announcement cards; this is the professional standard.
    • Premium Linen cardstock: the highest quality of cardstock, has a cloth-like finish and is often used when quality is needed for events or announcements.

    Creative uses for postcards

    Postcards aren’t just good for mailing—they’re great for all sorts of announcements, game play pieces, or other uses. Here are a few examples:

    • Promotion for that party, film night, or fundraiser you want to throw
    • The bespoke art project that you want to spread the word on
    • Any illustrations you want to mass produce
    • Pictures of your kids
    • Assignments and quizzes for school-teachers

    Postcards are great as hand-outs and for getting the word out. They’re recyclable and unobtrusive, yet larger than a traditional business card.

    Business uses for postcards

    The post card size format also has a wide range of uses for business, outside of its traditional promotional appeal. These include:

    • Agendas for interdepartmental meetings
    • All forms of sales and marketing collateral
    • Procedures for common on side business processes
    • Employing training, policies, and best practices
    • Introduction cards at desks
    • Schedules and timelines during presentations
    • Special offers, coupons, and announcements of sales
    • Inserts within printed catalogs
    • Promotion of online businesses and sales, using QR codes that can be scanned by a phone and bring customers to your website.

    Cheap custom postcards are a boon for small businesses owners, as desktop printing technologies now mean small print runs are viable for small businesses.

    When it comes to business uses of postcard sized media, the list goes on and on. Postcards are incredibly effective for many uses, and you can now easily design and print postcards online.
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