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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 8 Dec 2016 - 15:19

It's only a saving of 28p per card but, you know me, it was a challenge to produce a (two-fold, not postcard-type) card that weighed less than 10g, to send to US and Australia. These are the two I came up with:



The top one was a 6" x 4" card, the front cut with a Memory Box die and the back hand-trimmed to match. On a piece of paper, stamped the trees and shaded the hills (you can't see that, too pale) before glittering, adhering behind the die-cut front and trimming outside. Coloured the deer, not very well. Card isn't straight in this scan, so the trees look a bit as if they're leaning to one side.

The other card was a 5" x 5", cut out (both layers) with a Couture die and then the front was cut with the inner snowflake portion of the die. Backed with a dark blue pearlised paper (looks black in the scan), trimmed by hand on the outside - probably should have die-cut it! The snowflake edges on the outside die-cutting and the three snowflakes have been glittered. Clear AB gem on either end of the banner greeting.

Because of the die-cutting, the cards are smaller than when they started, so go in smaller envelopes, which also saves weight. Very satisfying to have achieved this.

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Post by Di Masters on Thu 8 Dec 2016 - 16:13

Well done! Two lovely cards.

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Post by cb on Thu 8 Dec 2016 - 17:45

I've not finished mine yet Lynda so will have to "borrow" your tips. Got a shock at the cost of postage when I sent a birthday card to USA a few weeks ago.
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Post by lyndaejane on Thu 8 Dec 2016 - 19:17

Yes, you have to be careful, Cath. I hadn't realised they'd introduced the Pricing in Proportion for post abroad, so always used to happily add embellishments to my foreign cards. Of course, that was making them Large Letter, so more than doubling the postage.

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Post by WeirdCat on Fri 9 Dec 2016 - 10:09

Haven't sent my abroad card yet, will probably only send to my uncle but have never heard of PIP. Both lovely cards

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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 9 Dec 2016 - 15:29

PIP is what they introduced for inland mail some years back, Ruth: anything over a certain size and more than 5mm thick became a Large Letter and anything over another certain size and more than 25mm thick became a small parcel - you probably remember we were all moaning about it on here and saying it would impact on swaps. It now applies to mail abroad.

Posted my cards this morning and the young guy at the Post Office was surprised how light they were - if I'd been served by the older lady there, she would have laughed, as I've been telling her for a couple of years past that I was trying to make cards under 10g.

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Post by Scatty on Fri 9 Dec 2016 - 20:47

Two lovely cards Lynda. Well done on getting the weight of them to below 10g.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Sat 10 Dec 2016 - 20:48

I didn't know about the depth but I think mine were ok, Mick took them to the PO fro me, he said they were over 1 each, but he couldn't remember how much. Wish I'd got to this post first. Super cards.
did look through my envelopes for the lightest and used light card.
Very nice cards and challenge beaten, well done.

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 11 Dec 2016 - 10:08

Great job, Lynda.

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