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Old 07-18-2006, 03:48 PM   #1  
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.... Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I'm addicted to square cards.



I'm kidding, but if we had one I might join! Everytime I go to make a card, I find myself always wanting to make it sqaure!

Anyone else feel like this?
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:56 PM   #2  
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I'm interested in getting out of the 4.25 X 5.5 size rut but how do you mail the "odd" sizes?? Just shoot me and put me out of my misery if this is a stupid question.....
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Hello, my name is paige and I too am addicted to square cards.








A Muse does NOTHING to help with this addiction, either. They sell the great square notecards, and envies too!
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No, I am sure it is not a stupid question. I did not look it up, but I think if it is not in the proper rectangular shape the post office charges extra postage - probably because it does not work as well in the sorting machines. I think I read that some people make them about 4.25x 4.25, then they can go in a "standard" card size envelope, even though it is about an inch too short. Does this make sense?
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #5  
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I buy a box of CD envelopes from any of the office supply stores. They're 5.5 x 5.5. So I make the card base about 5 1/4 x 5 1/4. I think it cost about 11 or 12 cents more to mail. I usually just stick a postcard stamp along with the regular 39 cent one. It's not worth a trip to the postoffice, nor do I keep those on hand (the 11-12 cent stamps)

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No, I am sure it is not a stupid question. I did not look it up, but I think if it is not in the proper rectangular shape the post office charges extra postage - probably because it does not work as well in the sorting machines. I think I read that some people make them about 4.25x 4.25, then they can go in a "standard" card size envelope, even though it is about an inch too short. Does this make sense?
You are right. The Post Office does charge extra for square envelopes because the sorting machine cannot "see" which end is up. And you're right again on the 4.25 size. Several people have said that is the size they use to make them fit in the "regular" envelopes
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.... Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I'm addicted to square cards.



I'm kidding, but if we had one I might join! Everytime I go to make a card, I find myself always wanting to make it sqaure!

Anyone else feel like this?
Hi Sarah, my name is Karen and I too am an square addict. We do need a support group. The first card I ever posted to SCS was a square card.
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Count me in as addicted! I just adore the square cards. They're now my passion.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:54 PM   #9  
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I am addicted to square cards too. I just use the regular medium SU envelopes for my 4.25" square cards to avoid the added postage. If I am hand-delivering the card, then I use one of the square envelopes that come in a pack of A Muse notecards. A Muse sells the square envelopes separately too.
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Addicted to square cards and I have no shame!!!
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All of the cards on my blog are square, so if you love square cards check it out!
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hi my name is carol and i am a square card addict-- to avoid paying the extra dreaded postage and because i have a ton of enevelopes i send the 4.25" square cards in a regular envelope- what i've done is put a piece of cheap card stock that i've run through my crimper in the envelope, this protects the embellishments from getting smooshed and fills out the space in the envelope- i've also been using my basic grey notch and die cutting tool and made 2 tabs in the crimped cardstock about 4.25" apart and this holds the card in place and this keeps it from sliding around -- i just finished up a dozen cards today and all were square - they are sooooo cute!

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Old 07-18-2006, 06:29 PM   #13  
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i admitt genie 1314 gave me the square card bug bite

ever since i saw her great cards i seem to make all my cards square.

i have a small gallerie started, two of my better cards are there
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this is what i got from the USPS website. So if I want to send a square card i need to put .42cents on it right? Or is it .39 plus the .42?


First-Class Mail $0.058, Standard Mail Regular $0.042,
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I ship using the United States Postal Service six days a week. Ask me anything (LOL!).
All info herein is for First Class Mail within the USA.
Square cards weighing one ounce or less: $0.39 plus $0.13 = $0.52
Minimum size for square cards is 5" x 5".
It does not matter if your card is over 1/4" in thickness if it is a square card. (as an FYI: standard card sizes over 1/4" thickness are required to have an additional $0.13).
So, as a general rule, if I am making a lumpy card I'll go ahead and make it square!
When selling my handmade cards: for square cards and lumpy cards:
for lumpy cards I place a 3" x 3" square of 3/16" bubble wrap in the envelope to protect the embellishment[s] ), in addition to:
onto Avery stickers (#8167) I print the following:
additional $0.13 postage required
I place these small stickers onto a 1x2 post it note and place in the upper right corner of the envelope front. HTH.
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Carol, GREAT idea to add a piece of crimped cheap paper in the envelope to protect embellishments. I'm definitely using this one!

I too LOVE square cards. Make them 4.25x4.25 and put in regular card envelope. I like being able to use quarters of 8x8 scrapbook paper on these cards, getting four cards per sheet.
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OMG hear that sound??? It is the sound of me smacking my head!! What an awesome solution -- I can't believe I never thought of doing that - I always avoided the square ones cause I thought I would forget the extra postage and all -- thanks for the heads up on making them to fit the standard envy.!!
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Hey, it's hip to be square! I just love them. They are so much more visually interesting to my eye. I made all my Christmas Cards in square last year. In February, my sister and I made all her wedding invites square. I always make a 5x5 square. I will have to give the smaller one a try.
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If you could also put a square card in a rectagular envie- like a 5x5 card in a 5x7 envie.
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I just made square wedding invites, 6x6, and the cost to mail was .52. You have to use a .50 stamp and a .02 stamp.
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I am addicted to a muse notecards - very square!
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LOTS of great ideas...I'm going to try my FIRST square card right now!!! Thanks ladies!!
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