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Old 07-18-2008, 03:32 PM   #41
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I have sent cards with all sorts of embellishments. As long as they slide through my Fiskars cutter (ruler) I know it will be okay. I do try to stay with soft and flat embellishments. If in doubt I add a sheet of card stock on the embellishment side of the card and mail off. Have yet to have a problem or have the person at the receiving end tell me they received it mangled (sp?).
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #42
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What a great idea. Inserting a piece of cardboard. I will try that for sure. Of course it will have to be lightweight cardboard, to all fit in the envelope. Any suggestions on that?
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #43
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A heavier card stock works great. Less weight means not having to pay extra on postage.
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I have sent cards with all sorts of embellishments. As long as they slide through my Fiskars cutter (ruler) I know it will be okay. I do try to stay with soft and flat embellishments. If in doubt I add a sheet of card stock on the embellishment side of the card and mail off. Have yet to have a problem or have the person at the receiving end tell me they received it mangled (sp?).
You did'nt mention if you add extra postage. I've been told to use the 62cent stamps.
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I have always been told that I needed to add .17 to my cards. I have never had a problem with that, although I mail them from home. Also, I print out on white cardstock the phrase "This sheet has been inserted to protect your card". I do 4 to a page and cut them to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". They protect and don't add enough weight to matter. Plus you never have anyone wondering why you put in a chunck of cereal box.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:11 PM   #46
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for bulky ribbons, flip your card inside out before you mail it. It makes the envelope not so bulky
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use cardstock instead of cardboard
or turn the card inside out;
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Your thin piece of cardboard protects your card (+ embellishments) AND helps protect the machines in the postoffice. Because of the "give" in the cardboard, it will compress a bit over the extra thickness of the embellishments thus providing a little more regular surface to go through the machine.

This is a GREAT idea to help satisfy our needs and the post office.

My younger brother just retired from the post office, and shared with me how much of a mess it causes when one of their machines breaks because of non-machinable mail. It slows down the delivery of the mail and raises cost for the post office (which passes down to everybody).

I'm also glad, like some others posting here, that there IS an option for mailing irregular items at the post office when I need to or want to. Our postage is enormously less expensive than other countries to which I've mailed.

It's a hassle when different people interpret the same rules in a different way or don't enforce them differently or whatever, but it does happen other places to.

I'm please to see the cereal box options: I didn't want to use my cardboard coasters!
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When I mail a card with ribbons, brads or buttons I cut a thin piece of cardboard and cover the bulky side of the card. This makes for a nice flat envelope that will go thru the spacers.
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