Make a postcard out of any photo.

Here is a pretty simple tutorial for making a 4-6 postcard out of any 4-6 photo. You can also put this in an envelope and make it a normal card. But whatever you do with it, it is sweet, simple, and fun. Plus you get that feeling of being wickedly creative again, and that is a good feeling to have. All the pictures are terrible and blurry because I took them all very fast because I was tired. But you get the idea.

You will need....

Laminator, laminating pouch, and laminating sleeve.  
Good sharp scissors

At least two 4-6 photos (you can do up to three at a time)

At least a half sheet of card-stock per photo, of a color complimentary to the photo.

Glue (optional)

Paper cutter (optional)

Now we are ready to begin. 
1. Place your photos on their paper and outline it with the pencil. Use your paper cutter or scissors to cut out the 4-6 rectangles.

2. Cut at least a quarter inch off every side of your photos. You can cut more if you want, depending on how much of your photo you want on the finished card. But don't go under a quarter inch or it won't laminate properly. The cut photos should fit on the paper with a nice frame around them.

3. Now if you want you can put a circle of glue in the middle of the card-stock rectangle to help keep the photos in place while laminating.

4. Open the laminating pouch and put the photos on their cards in the pouch. You can see that three would fit nicely, but we are only doing two for starters. Make sure the side of the card with the photo on it is facing up.

5. Take your laminating sleeve. It is made of two parts to go on top and bottom of what you are laminating. 

open it up and peel the halves apart. (You can use the other half for another set of cards, so don't throw it away.)
Lay the half sleeve over the cards in the pouch, shiny side up.

Close the laminating pouch.

6. Put the laminating pouch with its contents (careful now, you don't want to dislodge the cards or the photos will not stay in the center of the paper) into the laminator. (Minor detail, my laminator only has three settings, but others might have more. Make sure it is set to regular laminate. Don't do foil or cold laminate. The machine should feel a bit warm.)

7. When it comes out, the sleeve should come right out with your cards attached,
 if not, run it through again and/or make sure the settings are right. Cut out the cards and make sure the laminator has secured the photos to the paper some times one edge is still loose, if so, go ahead and run it through again. Once you make a rough cut, slide the open scissors right along the edge of the card (it's okay if you shave off a little bit of the card itself). If your scissors are good and sharp, the excess plastic sleeve stuff should cut like butter. Now you have a card which is shiny and smooth on one side, and the same as a piece of paper on the other.

You can put a stamp on the other side and make it a post card, or you can put it in an envelope as a note card. Or you can just give them to people like a nicely framed and glossed photo. Whatever you want, but they are really cool. 


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Envelope Glue!

I have finally found a recipe for envelope glue, and it actually tastes nice and is comparatively healthy, having only four ingredients, which are to be found in pretty much any food lover's kitchen. Like any recipe, this could be doubled. But don't do that, it doesn't seem like you are making enough, but you are because you only need to lightly spread it over the edge of the envelope. Besides, it is a food product and will go bad in about two weeks, so have lots of envelopes lined up before making. 
OK, just encase you got me wrong, I don't mean envelope glue to make the actual envelope. I mean envelop glue that dries, and when you lick it it becomes sticky. For those of you who like to make cards and stationery, you can just buy boxes of envelopes that are standard sizes, but it's fun to make your own, because that way you can do weird shapes and sizes, and the envelopes really match the cards. Anyway, they taste nicer this way. Also, when you make your own envelopes, cards, and envelope glue, you get this warm feeling of satisfaction, and feel wickedly creative. 
Moving on to the actual recipe. The one I found called for one envelope (no pun intended) of gelatin, but a tablespoon worked fine for me.

3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sugar

(The sugar and vanilla are not strictly necessary, and the glue will work fine without them, but it will taste like vinegar to lick, which is horrible. Trust me. Of course it would make a good April fools joke.)

Put the vinegar in a plastic tub or microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave until it is hot. About 30-45 seconds. 

When the vinegar is hot, add the gelatin and stir.
 (The tub is best because you will need to store the mixture in the fridge and transferring it is a waste of time. If you don't have a microwave handy, you can do it on the stove. The point is to get the vinegar hot and dissolve the gelatin.)
When the gelatin is completely dissolved, add the sugar and vanilla. (You could experiment with different extracts and flavors. But I like vanilla.)
When you have done all this you should have a mixture the exact color of honey. At some point I thought that it would be fun to add red food coloring and use it on Christmas-y envelopes, but I haven't tried it.

This photo is really grainy, but you get the idea. Honey color.

Now you have envelope glue. All you do is get a paint brush and brush it onto your envelope (or anything else you want to lick and make sticky).
It takes about two hours to dry, so do a whole bunch all at once.

The last things are that this is a food product, so it will go bad if left out. Therefore you must store it in the refrigerator. But, it will turn into jello (which probably tastes pretty good) and you must heat it before you can use it again. It only lasts for two weeks, so use it fast. I like to make sets of cards and envelopes, put this on and give it as a gift. But you can do whatever you want. 

So, good luck with all that, don't forget to experiment with other flavors. And for those of you who are like me, try not to hurt yourself. 

Once it is on the envelope, the moisture goes away as it dries so it won't go bad on the envelope. When you lick it, it becomes sticky. And its actually pretty fun to lick because it tastes sweet and vanilla-y. Also, for those of you who simply despise licking envelopes, you can just get a paint brush damp and use that instead.

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