If you live in the U.S., National Post Card Week is quickly approaching. The dates for 2012 are May 6 through May 12th.
Here's how it works. You create a postcard using any medium that you desire. Then you scan it, and print it ( I used UPrint last year and I highly recommend them.) How many you print depends on how many you'd like to send out (and receive back from others).
You then contact Demaris and ask her to put you on her mailing list (scroll down the page to find instructions). She will then email you a list of addresses to which you will send your shiny new NPCW postcards.
Note: It is important to collectors that your postcards are sent during NPCW. They pay attention to things like postmarks. Some collectors request that you send your pc in an envelope; others prefer them sent "naked" (no envelope). The list you will receive from Demaris will have those preferences noted beside each address.
If you choose to rubber stamp your design (and I hope you will!), then please consider sending a postcard to RubberStampMadness. RSM has stated that they'll include a selection of cards in a future issue! Send to:
RSM Postcard Week
PO Box 610
Corvallis, OR 97339
If you'd like to have your card printed in Barr's Post Card News, send one of your postcards to:
Barr's Post Card News
National Postcard Week
PO Box 720
Vinton, IA 52349-0729.
More info about that can be found on Demaris' site.
This is what I sent out last year. I took the advice I read on Demaris' site and included my name on the front of the card, the dates, and which NPCW it was (2012 will be the 29th).
I recommend printing at least 50. Send some to your friends and relatives in addition to the deltiologists involved in National Post Card Week.
See you in the mail?
I hope so!