Greeting Cards, Post Cards and Thank Yous!

January 17, 2010 / Daily Life / 12 Comments

It’s mid-January so I really hope everyone has received the Christmas postcards I sent in early December by now. I had a ton of fun conceptualizing a design for it, scavenging for a fast printer and writing personalized messages on the cards. Sorry if my writing was illegible. It took me many days and whole lot of effort to personalize those 50+ cards.

How to Design Postcards

Some people asked me how I designed them. Postcards are actually quite simple to design. I selected the Photoshop preset “Photo > Landscape 4 x 6” as the canvas. Left some space on the edges so that my design wouldn’t bleed off the sides when printed. To make sure my postcard was recognizably “nanyate”, I manipulated the nanyate lantern into some Christmas ornaments and made sure any text used Georgia, and voila!

Alternatively, you can skip that whole paragraph and just download my postcard template in PSD format. ๐Ÿ˜›

Almost forgot, but I also rounded the corners from two sides of the postcard to give it a friendlier look. Special thanks for Claudia for the inspiration. I really liked that her business cards had rounded corners. You can buy these rounded corner clippers at the local bookstore, by the way.

postcard with rounded corners

Thank You for Your Cards!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent me cards. Giving cards are already a joy but finding a handwritten card within a myriad of bills and flyers really made my month. These cards serve as a reminder that we’re not just paragraphs of text and 100×100 avatars on rectangular screens, but real people with emotions, desires and opinions.

Here’s a snapshot of the cards I’ve received to date.

postcards from everyone

So thank you Brenda, Dayna, Gina, Hong Wei, Joel ♥, Kirin, MB, Michelle, Nancy, Nicole, Patty, Paul, Shiohito, Tara, Teddy and Walter.

Don’t fret, if your name isn’t here, it’s probably still on its way here. :)


  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    Yay! Receiving cards and whatever else in snail mail that’s not bill gives you such a warm feeling! I was actually really surprised by how many cards I received this year, to be honest. XD Some of these people sent me one after I have sent them one, but that’s still awesome since I was truly not expecting a lot of people to reciprocate unless we exchange addresses! :)

  • http://sylistic.com Sy Yuan

    Wow. It’s really awesome to receive these cards in your mail-box .. feel so special !:) heheh ! CNY around the corner !:) Want to exchange ? hahas. !

  • http://www.little-wonder.net Brenda

    Here I am, still lamenting the loss of Christmas. (Everywhere is playing Chinese New Year music already! Argh!)

    I am so designing my own Christmas cards the end of this year. (;

  • http://kisschanel.com chanel

    That’s so sweet. The cards you received are cute.

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    Wow, your card looks awesome(from the picture). Too bad I didn’t get one(LOL, I can’t, personal reasons). =( Oh well, maybe this year. As for the cards you got… Awesome! Too bad I couldn’t send you one either, maybe this year…

  • http://sigg3.net Sigg3

    Thanks, Ivy!
    Maybe I’ll do something like this for this X-mas.. :)

  • http://www.carderoo.com Rob

    Love the postcards – great designs. I love sending and receiving postcards through the post

  • http://enamoured.org Shen

    Aw, such lovely cards. It’s always a nice feeling to receive a postcard in the mail. This is a really wonderful idea and maybe this Christmas I’ll do this. :-)

  • http://enchanted21.wordpress.com Britney

    The rounded corners is cool. It gives it something extra. :)

  • http://amourchaleur.com Dayna

    I love receiving cards in the mail as well. It makes me feel special and remembered!

    I am definitely printing my own Christmas cards this year, thanks so much for the template. It really makes it so much easily for me than having to figure out what settings and size to use. Anyway, do you have a template for the name cards as well? (well, being the lazy me) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://www.uni-trier.de Fran

    Hi nanyate,

    Thanks very much for your interesting blog. It’s always nice to see how people on the other side of the globe live, how they share the same joys and sorrows, what they do in their free time, etc.

    I actually have a question about your blog. Would you mind helping us with a linguistic research project? We’re compiling data from various Singaporean weblogs. All it requires is checking a few boxes. If you want to take part and/or have more questions, drop me a note ( hack2301@uni-trier.de RE: Question ) so that I can then send you the ‘official’ project eMail. We’d really appreciate your help.

    Thanks very much in advance!
    Best regards,
    – Fran

  • http://hwsoh.blogspot.com/ Hong Wei

    Thank you for mentioning me! =)
    Personally i love receiving cards!
    Thank you for sharing how to make cards… =)