In college, for the first time, I had my own mailbox. For a while, the only piece of mail I ever got was a check from my work study job every two weeks. Definitely worth receiving, but pretty boring! After I lamented to my aunt that I so rarely received mail that it was barely worth checking, she started sending me postcards.
This started a fascination with postcards that has continued to this day. At craft fairs and on trips, I picked up interesting postcards to exchange with my aunt. When I studied abroad, I sent her postcards I bought in the gift shop inside the Eiffel Tower; a cork postcard from Lisbon; postcards of the intricate onion domes topping churches in Kiev. Once a year since college, it’s become sort of a tradition that my dad and I go to a local postcard fair and I always pick up a few of my favorite postcards, vintage linen postcards with nature and city scenes.
Coloring postcards just seem like a natural combination of two of my favorite things, and I am thrilled to share a new postcard coloring book by Inkspirations with you all!
Keep scrolling to learn more about Inkspirations Color and Connect, and enter for a chance to win your very own copy, plus some other great Inkspirations goodies!
Scroll to the bottom of this article to enter! This giveaway will be accepting new entries until 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 17. Four lucky winners will be drawn at random on Tuesday, July 18 to receive their very own copy of the book. Enter today!
Only valid in the United States due to sweepstakes laws. No purchase necessary. Each prize is a $9.95 value, except the grand prize which is a $49.80 value. Winner must respond to an email within three days to claim their prize, or a new winner will be selected.
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This giveaway will have four winners and there is a total in $79.65 in prizes to give away! Check out the grand prize and runner up prizes below:
One grand prize winner will be selected at random from all valid entries to receive the grand prize, a $49.80 value.
- Inkspirations Color and Connect, $9.95 value
- Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self, $12.95 value
- Inkspirations Color Me Greeting Cards, $15.95 value
- Inkspirations title of your choice, $10.95 value
Three winners will be selected at random from all valid entries to receive the runner up prize, a copy of the coloring book reviewed below!
- Inkspirations Color and Connect, $9.95 value
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A Look Inside Color and Connect
Inkspirations Color and Connect is a small, portable coloring book containing rip-out postcards to color and send. The paper is stiffer and thicker than typical coloring book paper, and each page is perforated for easy removal.
Inside are 32 postcards to color, including 9 designs with specific greetings, and 23 multipurpose designs without text. The greetings include:
- Thank You (x2)
- Happy Birthday
- Wish Big
- Thinking of You
- Sending Healing Thoughts
The designs without text range in subject matter from mandalas and geometric designs, to animals, tea, flowers, umbrellas, houses, hot air balloons, and more. There really is a design for every occasion here!
The reverse side of each postcard has a line down the center to divide the message (left) from the address (right). There is a spot marked for a stamp, and in the opposite corner, a tiny design element from the other side of the card that can be colored in.
These postcards are 5×7″, which puts them above the maximum size limitations for USPS postcard rate (4.25×6″). This means that if you mail your postcards, you will need to use letter postage or a forever stamp. Since you will already be paying first class postage, you might consider tucking your postcard into an envelope to protect your design, especially if you color it with water-soluble media like markers or gel pens.
Here’s the first postcard I colored from the book:
This card is one of the two Thank You postcards from the book. I opted for a five color, green and pink color scheme that I carried through to the other side.
The paper is thick and I didn’t experience any bleed-through using my water-based Tombow brush pens. This paper is really nice for Tombow pens — the color feels like it goes on so smoothly.
Check out my speed coloring video below:
I do not recommend using alcohol-based markers, like Copic markers, on these postcards. I tested with mine, and they bled straight through to the other side of the page. Usually this wouldn’t matter with single-sided pages, but in this case you really don’t want bleed-through or it will show up on the side of the postcard where you write your message!
The only other minor annoyance I noticed while coloring was that despite the thickness, the page did start to curl a little as I colored with markers. This might not bother you — after all, you can just straighten it out by weighing it down under something heavy for a few days. You can avoid this problem entirely by coloring with a dry medium such as colored pencils.
Here’s the second postcard I colored from the book. I wanted to make sure I colored at least one of the greetings and one of the message-free cards before I did this review!
For this card, I opted for a greater number of colors than the previous one. There are just so many nice flowers in this bouquet! I like the intricate design and the borders, I just wish the postcard’s design was a little more centered within the postcard. Of course, I could just slice off the wide border with my x-acto knife to make it more even, which I will probably do.
Overall, I really enjoyed coloring the postcards from this book. The illustrator did a great job creating artwork that would be possible to color at the scaled down size. Too many postcard coloring books use artwork originally created for a full-size book, and then scale the art down to impossibly tiny proportions. Not true here — it is clear that Ronnie Walter’s illustrations were created to be printed at the 5×7″ size here. There are still some tiny spaces, of course — where would the challenge be without them? — but it is full of much more manageable designs than, say, the Secret Garden postcard book.
Okay, I’m sold… how do I get a copy?
If the sample pages I showed above look appealing to you, I definitely encourage you go pick up your own copy on Amazon! If you like this postcard book, you may also like Inkspirations’ earlier postcard book, Inkspirations Color Me Postcards, which includes cards for the holidays, birthdays, celebration, and just because.
Don’t forget to share your colored pages! You can tag your photos with the #inkspirationscoloring hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to connect with the Inkspirations community.
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In this giveaway, we will be drawing one grand prize winner and three runners up at random from the full pool of entries. No purchase required to win. Earn an unlimited number of additional entries when you refer your friends, for example in your favorite coloring groups!
This giveaway will run for one week only, beginning today and ending at 11:59pm EST Monday July 17th. The winners will be drawn at random on July 18th from the full pool of entrants, and they will have three days to respond to the winning announcement email before a new winner is drawn in their place.
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