I recently had a customer ask me how much is postage for hand-stamped cards? It is a very good question, but the answer is not so much cut and dry…the answer is…it depends.
I would say for many hand-made or hand-stamped cards you would be able to send them with regular postage. The problem comes in to play when you start added multiple layers and adding embellishments to your stamped cards. What do I mean by this? I am glad you asked.
Let’s start with the easiest first…the weight of the card. When you create a card and start adding multiple layers and adding embellishments to your cards, you are changing the weight of the card. I am not an expert in postage but as the weight of something that is going to be mailed increases the postage may increase also.
Now let’s talk about embellishments. If you add just a little embellishment to your card such as ribbon, the postage probably will not change. However, when you add other embellishments to your hand-stamped card it will not only increase the weight of your card, but it will also increase the size of your card. Both of these together may very well start to change the amount of postage that is required to mail the card. You might be wondering what I am talking about here, let me explain.
Certain embellishments that might change the postage rate required for you to mail your card are…
- trinkets – Items that would fall under this category are items such as: brads and clips,
- jewels – Items that would fall under this category are items such as: pearls and rhinestones
- buttons – let’s just say buttons and clay buttons
- dimensionals – items that add 3D or height to a project
These are just a few items that I can think of off the top of my head.
So if you want to make sure that you are charged only the regular current postage rate, keep your cards simply. Not too many layers and embellishments. If you do not have a problem with paying extra postage to mail your card, I say…have fun and keep adding embellishments.
Side-note warning…if you do not want to make the recipient have to pay to receive your beautifully created hand-stamped card, my best advise is to have your post office weigh your card to make sure the correct postage is placed on it for mailing. I have personally had to pay to receive a card that someone had sent me.