materials & processing
inktopaperpress postcards are commercially printed on glossy, white 10pt Kromekote (25% recycled content, no UV coating, FSC Certified and Elemental Chlorine Free), with excellent color reproduction. the paper is thinner than coated paper but substantial and travels well through the mail.
each card is approximately 3.5”x5”, the minimum required for using postcard postage rates. attribution details (the title of the original artwork, date, & artist’s name) are available on inktopaperpress.com, & a link to the source site & source image are included. the back of the cards are ink-stamped with only the inktopaperpress url.
orders are well packaged for shipping. the postcards are small but travel well through the mail as is, but a kraft (brown paper) envelope for each is included (50 cents off the price per set if you choose the open-air route, meaning no envelopes).
ordering & prices
all images on the inktopaperpress site are available as cards, but to keep them accessible, this is a print-on-demand operation. most cards will stay in stock & be available quickly, but some will have a delay (up to 2 weeks to get to you). i order from the printer as i go for the cards i don’t have in stock.
individual cards can be ordered, but a set of four is cheaper ~ one to three cards, each: $.30 (including envelope) + $.50 shipping ~ a set of four cards (including envelopes), each set: $1.50 + $1.00 shipping. shop is yet to come, still being organized (as of 4/20/21).
i’m happy to exchange a card if you’d like to pay for shipping. if you’re a new customer & would like to view before buying, let me know ~ i’ll send a free sample.
my options are limited here, as they are most places. i live in the mountains, without a car. there is one independent printshop in town, though we do have a wal-mart. i've looked hard for a mail order printer that can do quality short runs on recycled paper with a digital press process (using fewer harmful chemicals), with eco-friendly cleaning & disposal practices. but the options are few. my best bet is to use the local printer (chaffee county printer, around the corner a short walk away), and keep the cards small. i like the idea of small anyway. the printshop doesn't use soy ink or fully recycled paper, but uses a digital press (less harmful than offset printing), is committed to sustainability & is a die-hard recycler. the owner is also great to work with.
why paper postcards?
i love them! they're simple & unpretentious; quick & easy; cheap ~ no envelope or front-end equipment needed; they have a small footprint ~ no need to be deeply eloquent, space constraints inspire their own kind of poetry; they're more economical than a letter, more tangible & personal than text or email & offer the beauty of print on paper; they can travel great distances to arrive mysteriously at their destinations, rarely a clue as to encounters had along the way; the paper postcard has a life of its own ~ upon receipt embellish & send back out, recycle what comes your way. i like the friendliness of it.