How to do a Postcard

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These step by step guides will help you figure out how to create a physical, video or online postcard. If you’re still struggling with how to make a postcard, please get in touch with us at webmaster@unitedresponse.org.uk.

To get started just click the ‘Create a card’ button on the home page or you can create a card here (opens in a new window). Then, click which postcard type you’d like to make.

Here are some guides based on which option you’re choosing:

  1. How to download and print a template
  2. How to scan and save a postcard you’ve made
  3. How to create a postcard on the website
  4. How to upload a postcard on a website
  5. How to upload a video postcard
  6. Further help and easy read

How to download and print a template

Click ‘Download and print our template’ on the website.

A printer icon with 'Download and print our template' written below.

That will download a PDF to your desktop which you can print off at home on an A4 sheet. The first page of the PDF will be blank, and that’s where you can get creative! Think about our themes and how social care has an impact on these areas of your life.

A person pasting some letters onto a postcard.

The second page has more information about how to send in your postcard. All you have to do is pop it in an envelope and send it our way and we’ll scan it and post it on the website.

How to scan and save a postcard you’ve made

If you have the ability to, you may be able to upload your postcard to the website. After you’ve created it, you can place the image in a scanner and scan it onto your computer.

A person placing a postcard onto a scanner.

If you don’t have a scanner, you can also take a photo of it with a digital camera or a phone and upload that to your computer.

A person taking a photo of a postcard using a phone.

Most phones or cameras have the ability to upload photos onto the computer via a cable connecting the device to a computer through a USB port. For more help on this, refer to your phone or camera how to guide.

When you have the photo on your computer, make sure that it is a JPG, PNG or BMP image (you can tell this by looking at the letters that follow the photo’s name). Also, make sure the photo is turned the right way around. If you need help editing the image, you can use Pixlr to rotate the image (by going to Image and clicking whichever ‘Rotate canvas’ option applies once you’ve uploaded it) and then saving it as the right file size (by going to File > Save).

Once you’ve done this, head to the ‘How to upload your postcard’ section.

How to create a postcard on the website

After clicking ‘Create a postcard’, select the option for creating a card on our website which looks like this:

A drawn icon of a computer with 'Upload a postcard or create one online' written below it.

This will take you to a page where you will choose a theme.

A screenshot of our theme page.

Think about what social care means to you when it comes to your work, wellbeing, life or any of the other themes. If you’re not sure, you can select the ‘Anything’ section!

A screenshot of the create section of the website.

You can drag and drop your image onto the postcard area on the left or click the upload file button to navigate to it manually. If you don’t have any image you’d like to use, choose a background colour instead.

If you chose to upload an image for your background you’ll be given the option to submit your postcard, but you should click ‘Carry on creating’ to add text and other styles to your image. If you would like to upload a different image, click ‘Start again’.

A screenshot of the create section on our website.

Next you’ll be given the option to add a sentence to your postcard. Try and think of something you’d like to say to the world about your chosen theme. If you like your image the way it is, click ‘No’ and continue without adding a sentence.

A screenshot of the create section on our website.

Next you can add some funky styles to your postcard! Use the buttons to cycle through different options. The first row of buttons change the style and position of your text (if you add any). The second row change the style of your image or background colour.

A screenshot of the create section on our website.

Once you are happy with your card click the ‘Continue’ button to submit it to the website. To display the card on the website we need a few details.

A screenshot of the create section on our website.

You need to give your card a name. This will appear beside your postcard and with your first name. Next you can choose to have us to contact you about your postcard, and we’d like to! As we’re coming up to the Autumn Statement, we’d like to be in touch about opportunities to #TellPhil what social care means to you. We will never use your details for anything else.

A screenshot of the create section of our website.

Submit your card and you’re done! Once we’ve had a look, it’ll be posted on the website.

How to upload your postcard to the website

After clicking ‘Create a postcard’, select the option for creating a card on our website which looks like this:

A drawn icon of a computer with 'Upload a postcard or create one online' written below it.

This will take you to a page where you will choose a theme that your previously created postcard falls under.

A screenshot of our theme page.

If you’re not sure which theme to choose, you can select the ‘Anything’ section!

A screenshot of the create section of the website.

Click the upload file button to navigate to to your image on your computer and select it.

A screenshot of the create section on our website.

Once  upload an image you’ll be given the option to submit your postcard. Click ‘submit’ unless you want to make further changes to your postcard. Then, you’ll be asked for dubmission details.

A screenshot of the create section of our website.

You need to give your card a name. This will appear beside your postcard and with your first name. Next you can choose to have us to contact you about your postcard, and we’d like to! As we’re coming up to the Autumn Statement, we’d like to be in touch about opportunities to #TellPhil what social care means to you. We will never use your details for anything else.

Once you’ve done that, submit your postcard and you’re done! Once we’ve had a look, we’ll post your card on our website.

How to upload a video postcard

Before you begin, think about what social care means to you. You’re welcome to use any of the themes we have on the website, or talk generally about what social care means and why it should be properly funded by the government.

Once you’ve got an idea of what you’d like to say, you can use your phone to record your video. This should be done using your phone’s camera feature. For more help on how to record a video with your phone, you should see your phone’s how to guide.

When you’re recording, be sure to not sit right in front of a light source, like the sun shining through the window. Make sure to turn your phone so it’s horizontal, rather than vertical. Record in a quiet place without much background noise.

Look at the camera, and introduce yourself. You might say something like:

  • “Hello, my name is [X] and I think good social care is…”
  • “Hello, my name is [X] and I think social care is important because…”
  • “Hello, my name is [X] and to me, social care is …”

If it’s helpful to write down some bullet points before you start, do so! And don’t worry about it being perfect. It’s about speaking from the heart and talking about what this means to you.

Once you’ve finished recording your video, watch it back to make sure it’s perfect and then upload it onto your computer. You should be able to do this using a USB plug directly into your computer, but do check your phone’s how to guide for more options.

When you have the file, you’re ready to upload it to YouTube. Your phone may have a ‘Share to YouTube’ option which will allow you to add the video directly to YouTube. But if it doesn’t, you can head to the YouTube website.

A screenhot of the YouTube website.

If you already have an account, sign in. But if you don’t, on the top right hand corner you should see a button that says ‘Upload’. You will then be taken to a Google sign in screen.

A screenshot of the Google sign in screen.

If you already have a Google account, you can sign in and create a YouTube account in seconds. But if you don’t, you can create an account quickly. Once you’ve signed in with your account, you’ll then be taken to an upload screen.

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Select your file on your computer and upload it. Give it a title and a description and include what you’d like. We recommend you disable comments.

After you upload the video, YouTube will provide you with a link for where the video will appear after it’s processing. Copy and save this link and return to the Postcards from the Edges website to upload your postcard.

Click on ‘Create a postcard’ on the homepage and select the option for uploading a video which looks like this:

A graphic of a computer with a mouse with 'Upload a video via YouTube' written below it.

This will take you to a page where you will choose a theme.

A screenshot of our theme page.

Think about what theme your comments may fall under or choose the theme you thought about when you created the video. If you’re not sure, you can select the ‘Anything’ section! Then you’ll be prompted to paste your YouTube video URL in.

A screenshot of the video upload section of our website.

When you paste in the link to your video and hit ‘Upload’, you should see a preview of it appear on the left.

A screnshot of the video upload section of our website.

If your video link is broken or not working, you may see an error. Make sure your link is correct and the video is public. When you’re satisfied, click ‘Continue’.

You need to give your card a name. This will appear beside your postcard and with your first name. Next you can choose to have us to contact you about your postcard, and we’d like to! As we’re coming up to the Autumn Statement, we’d like to be in touch about opportunities to #TellPhil what social care means to you. We will never use your details for anything else.

Then click ‘Submit your card’ and once we’ve had a look, it’ll go live on our website. We’ll also add your video to our Postcards from the Edges video playlist.

Further help and easy read

For further information on Postcards, download our handy A4 leaflet.

Postcards from the Edges leaflet download (PDF, 9.69 MB)

We have produced an easy read guide to Postcards explaining the campaign and how to submit a postcard which you can find below.

Easy read guide to Postcards from the Edges download (PDF, 3.89MB)

If you need additional help or if this guide has missed anything, please get in touch at webmaster@unitedresponse.org.uk.

 

 

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