Printed Burlap Postcards

burlap postcards

Happy Monday everyone!  We all know burlap has been a big trend for the past while.  And really, who doesn’t love it?  There are so many possibilities!

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I recently entered ‘The Crafter Bowl’ hosted by Amie over at Pinkapotamus, and have been paired up to go head to head with another crafty blogger, this Tuesday, to see who can come up with the winning craft using … you guessed it, BURLAP!

I really hope you will all head on over to Pinkapotamus and Vote for SaltTree!

Since burlap is such a trend, I was trying to think of something a little different then the projects I’ve been seeing on the web lately.  I do love the printed burlap pillows and chairs so I went off of that and decided to combine burlap with something I really enjoy.  Postcrossing!

If you haven’t heard of Postcrossing before, it’s really fun.  I’ve written a couple posts about it before so check out the details if you are interested.  This means, we are making printed burlap postcards!

Supplies Needed
Heavy card stock (8.5×11)
Burlap (8.5×11)
Inkjet printer
Freezer paper
Iron
Scissors
White Glue or Mod Podge

Here we go!

Rip off a piece of freezer paper and cut it so it is 8.5×11 (no larger).  Lay shiny side of freezer paper against the burlap and iron on with medium heat until it has adhered.  Make sure the edges are stuck well.

Cut off the excess burlap so it is 8.5×11 just like the freezer paper (no larger).

Now, choose a graphic or text that you like and size it to print the size of your postcard (I’m doing 4×6).  You can fit two graphics onto the burlap (can cover two postcards), but leave space between them and around the images..  Keep in mind, burlap is a large weave, small / fine text will not show up very well.  Stick with bolder texts.  If you like the graphics that I chose, you can download them here.

Load your burlap / freezer paper into the manual feed part of the printer proper way up so the printing goes on the burlap side.  Print the graphic.  I know, I was very hesitant doing this the first time too.  But it works!

Cut the graphic out from the burlap slightly larger then the card you are going to adhere it to.  Once you are sure you have it cut the way you want, peel off the freezer paper carefully.

Either cut some card stock down to 4×6 cards and leave them plain, or you can feel free to use the graphics I used, printed on 8.5×11 card stock to make the hand written side of the card a little more special.  You can download the graphics here.

Using something like Mod Podge or a white glue, cover the backside of the printed card stock and adhere the burlap.  Don’t glob on too much glue, or it will seep through the weave.  Let it set for a bit, then press it flat under a heavy book if it starts to curl.

Once dry, you can trim off any excess or fray the edges a bit.  If you do want to mail it as is, I suggest giving it a coat of either fabric Mod Podge or applying a fabric stiffener, at least to the edges so they don’t fray in the mail too much.

I think they are amazing and I would absolutely love to get a postcard like this in the mail!  What do you think?

Pssst… don’t forget to vote for SaltTree!

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    These are wonderful but photobucket wouldn’t let me in without a password? I can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much!
    Renea

  2. Asha says

    WOW!!!That is such a great project! I wouldn’t mind receiving one of those in the mail! Glad I caught you on MIM#80.

  3. Is says

    Hi Amber, stopping by from Our Delightful Home link party. I would also love to get a postcard like this in the mail! who wouldn’t? You’re right, I had doubts about printing on burlap but I’m definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Spain

  4. says

    HI

    Wow, what a fabulous way to use the burlap. Very effective. Great little tutorial too.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  5. says

    Love anything printed on material and this is no exception. Beautiful creation and excellent tutorial. :)

    Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
    Remember, for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor, leave a comment for another entry and mention that you saw them on Make It Monday.
    Lisa xx

    • says

      Thanks so much Alisha! You did a beautiful job on your project by the way, and I’m planning to make some burlap flowers now using your tutorial (I have leftovers lol). Really great job!

  6. says

    This is fantastic! I’m a new blogger and stumbled onto your blog as I was trying to figure out the meaning of a “blog hop.” I’m still not sure about that, but I’m thrilled to find your site! I LOVE your crafts. I’m adding you to my blogroll.

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