If your child will be the star great football player or a reknowned musician, why not send out a birth announcement in the shape of a football or a piano? While most birth announcements or invitations are flat rectangular cards, many artists have designed cards that have a unique shape or type of fold. Cards with non-traditional shapes such as square cards or long cards can be a creative way to convey a unique, one-of-a-kind theme associated with your child or event.
The traditional rectangular flat card is still the most common card shape for announcements and invitations. A flat rectangular card elegantly communicates the message and encourages the recipient to save the card as a memento to the precious occasion.
Square cards have become a very popular design direction. These cards capture everyone's attention before they are opened and the recipient knows immediately that the content is important.
Announcement cards can also have an extra long rectangular shape with a length to width ratio exceeding 2:1. These distinctly different cards are good for party invitations and a good way to distinguish your message from others.
Cards in the shapes of animals or symbols are often an excellent way to communicate a fun and distinct announcement or an invitation to a less formal event. A favorite sport, animal or symbol can be used as the card shape.
A panel is the center section of your card "framed" by a raised area of paper. Paneled cards can have a very classy and sophisticated association.
Folded announcements and invitations are popular because they provide designers with multiple surface areas to communicate the design. Folded cards with die cuts can impress a fun and whimsical theme. Some common types of folded cards include side-folded, multi-folded, and accordion style.
The U.S. Postal Service imposes weight and size requirements for sending mail. If these requirements are not observed, the USPS may add a surcharge because of the added expense of processing and sorting. Nonconforming mail may also be damaged from high-speed post office machinery.
Postal requirements can change. Contact your local Post Office, or visit the U.S. Postal Service website to verify current requirements.
The thickness requirement is designed to eliminate flimsy cards and other mail that do not have the stiffness to be processed mechanically. All mailpieces .25 inches thick or less must be: rectangular in shape, at least 3.25 inches high, and at least 5 inches long. A mailpiece must be at least .009 (9 pt.) inches thick.
Only envelopes and cards with light colors that do not interfere with automated address-reading should be used. Do not use brilliantly colored envelopes. Highly glazed paper or paper with complex designs are not acceptable.
Envelopes and cards should be constructed of paper strong enough to withstand normal handling. For envelopes intended for automated handling, the Postal Service requires construction from at least 16-pound paper and recommends 20-24 pound basis weights.
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