Mailing Tip: Make Sure it Fits

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Isn’t it fun when you open your mailbox and there’s a hand-made card waiting for you? Much better than all that junk mail and those darned bills.

Extra thick or lumpy cards may require extra postage and if it’s not added before you mail it, the recipient may be charged when the card is delivered. We don’t want that, do we?

Here’s a quick and easy way to check if your card will make it through the postal guidelines for thickness…

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The slot on most paper trimmers is 1/4” wide. This just happens to be the maximum thickness allowed for first class mail cards and letters. Slip the card into the envelope, then slide it through the slot on your paper trimmer. If it fits… it ships!

36 comments:

Romaine said...

Great tip, Tresa! I know here in Canada it is 5 mm. I will have to see if they are the same!

Lorrinda said...

I'm slapping my forehead in a "Why didn't I think of that" lightbulb moment. Fabulous!

Haley D. said...

You are so clever! Thanks for the tip.

Susan aka Mimi said...

I never would have thought of this and I am often stressing about the thickness of my cards. I even tried to get my local PO to sell me one of their contraptions that checks the thickness...but they could'nt! OMG Tresa you just made my month...actually my year! This is the best tip EVER and I am so thankful you shared it and I looked at your blog today!!!!
Not only are you super creative but you are darn smart too!

Casandra said...

That is a great tip! Thanks.

EmileeAnn said...

Have to agree with Lorrinda...slapping my forehead. Thanks so much for the great tip!

TINA said...

Holy Cow!!! Who knew?! Thanks so much! You just saved me so many worthless trips to the post office for something I could have just mailed... :)

Pam Klassen said...

well somebody was paying attention in class weren't they? LOL Great tip - thanks

Marilyn said...

What an awesome tip! I have always been concerned about this and many times I put unnecessary postage on my cards. Thank you so much!

Mary Gunn FUNN said...

BRILLIANT!

Becky B. said...

GENIUS!! Thanks for the FABULOUS tip! :)

Catinks'it said...

Tresa - this is the best tip ever - so clever!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

So smart!! Thank you!

Cindy O said...

This is a great tip! I just looked at my Fiskars bypass (guillotine) paper cuttter, and it has a slot in the orange handle that is 1/4" high! I would never have thought it - thank you.

Jan S. said...

Thank you. That is so helpful.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip but, sometimes cards can also be to heavy to send not just to thick. Got any ways to get around that.

Kimberly said...

To Anonymous, to check the weight, I bought a digital kitchen scale. While it comes in handy for cooking, I predominantly use it to weight mail to get the postage right. It's not as easy as checking the thickness, but is very accurate and doesn't require a trip to the post office. Just buy a scale that you can easily read the display once the mail (box or envelope) is on it.

Leslie Culver said...

Also remember that if it has something bulky like rhinestones or pearls, it should be hand postmarked and that too requires extra postage. But the paper only cards, this is a great tip to check at least on thickness.

Tresa Black said...

Leslie, I send lumpy cards all the time, with rhinestones, brads and pearls. I just add a single sheet of cut-to-fit cardstock over the face of the card before placing it in the envelope. I haven't had any returned to me yet.

Anonymous said...

Or you could just turn the card inside out before placing in the envelope - that protects the card somewhat as well.

pinkbirdy said...

I advocate for the "extra sheet of card stock over the front of the card" trick. It works for me.

Thanks for all of your handy tips, Tresa!

Lynnette H said...

Thank you. Now I can stop wasting postage for "just in case" cards

Lynnette H said...

Thank you. Now I can stop wasting postage for "just in case" cards

Linda Atkins said...

Such a clever idea! THANKS!

Linda Atkins said...

Thanks for the helpful hint!

Anonymous said...

I've always been extremely careful of the thickness of my cards; I knew I'd feel horrible if my recipient had to pay to get their card. I actually made myself a "slot " out of cardboard and have used it faithfully. Your idea is awesome--I love it and I will surely scrap my little contraption. Genius!!!

facsmom said...

I also made my own checker similar to the Post Office's. I took 2-3 layers of chipboard and cut to a rectangular shape that would wider than a business envelope. I used an. Xacto knife and cut a rectangle that is 1/4" wide out of all pieces. Adhere chipboard pieces together. Whether my cutter's slot is or isn't 1/4", I'm good to go.

Anonymous said...

Thid all sounds good but my postman says he has to charge extra even if its only a brad snd he does! Wyoming postal is strict!

Anonymous said...

I made myself one out of plastic but love this idea. So smart.

Anonymous said...

I've been charged extra postage for embellished cards, thanks for sharing this tip. I will try to remember to use it.

HJ said...

Thanks so much for this tip. I usually end up taking it to the post office for them to tell me how much postage. This will save me a trip. I buy 20 cent stamps to add the extra postage needed instead of putting another regular stamp on my thicker cards.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea! And I, too, mail cards with brads, etc., and none have ever been returned or the recipient made to pay.

Cindy Groh said...

Cool. Thanks

paperkrafter4Life said...

Just took a card with gift card to po yesterday. They charged me 98 cents that is nuts.

Stylus Savvy said...

Clever job!! Thanks for the tip!

-Natalie

mommaladystamper said...

My post office said if it has a brad or pearl, etc., extra postage is required. The reason being, the envelope a and card could get damaged. I'm for paying the extra .21 to save the masterpiece I have created. I live in Newburgh, IN. Have a very Merry Christmas. ��

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