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Postmark’d Studio PostBox Review + Coupon – April 2021

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoApr 15, 2021 | 0 comments

PostBox April 2021 Mailer

Postmark’d Studio's PostBox delivers a monthly subscription box to your door featuring a curated collection of greeting cards, postcards, artful doodads, and beautiful paper products, and always includes the postage to mail everything. By the way, our readers voted this box as one of the Best Stationery Subscriptions of 2021!

PostBox April 2021 unboxing

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

all contents from PostBox April 2021

About Postmark'd Studio PostBox

The Subscription Box: PostBox by Postmark'd Studio

The Cost: $25.00 per month + shipping. Save with 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions!

ACTIVE DEAL: Get free shipping on your first box (MSAFS) or save $10 off your first box with a 3-month subscription (MSA404ME)

The Products: PostBox comes with greeting cards, postcards, postage, and a fun artsy doodad such as a pen, pencil, or knick-knack gadget based on a theme.

Ships to: The U.S. for $5.00, Canada for $11.00, and 41 international countries for $17.00

Good to Know: You can also purchase "Special Delivery" boxes without a subscription for various prices.

Postmark'd Studio PostBox "Howdy" Review

PostBox April 2021 bandana-wrapped contents

PostBox subscribers (and followers of these reviews) know that the woman behind the box, Anne, takes every possible opportunity to put creative touches and inspirational snail mail ideas into each monthly shipment. Typically the monthly selection of greeting cards we're sent is wrapped in tissue paper and stickered neatly, but this month she leaned into the "howdy" theme and bundled them in a bandana. So clever!


Anne also has an impressive collection of stamps and art supplies (I'd love to see her desk or craft space!), which is made clear by the personalized note she includes each month.


On the info card this month it's called to our attention that April is National Letter Writing Month, and so the "howdy" theme feels fitting for sending out some "just because" snail mail. Anne also shouts out to the Write-On 30-Day Letter-Writing Challenge, which I may not take on this month but can definitely see myself participating in down the line. The opposite side offers a step-by-step how-to for wrapping packages furoshiki-style, which is how the bandana was wrapped around the cards this month.


Hey Y'all Letterpress Card by Stately Made — Retail Value $5.00

This letterpress card offers such a sunny hello! The bright yellow envelope, with embossed script letters to match, is about the happiest color I can imagine finding in my mailbox. I love a card that can serve a number of purposes, and this is one of them—one I'd just as readily send for a birthday or congratulatory occasion as I would for no reason at all.


Well Howdy There Card by A Fink & Ink — Retail Value $4.50

This card made me smile. It has just as enthusiastically friendly of a greeting as the first card did, but paired with a desolate desert illustration it struck me as a little humorous. It's funny to imagine someone driving down the long, quiet road depicted here and offering kind greetings to every saguaro, tumbleweed, or skull they encountered along the way. I also love the style of the hand-drawn lettering!


Yee-Haw Birthday Card by a. favorite design — Retail Value $5.00

Here's another letterpress card with tons of personality. This one is birthday-specific. The floral western shirt printed on the front of the card has such a great quirky, retro vibe to it. My husband is a musician and I can think of several of his musician friends who would totally wear a shirt like this on stage—and definitely hang this card on their fridge!


Bucking Bronco Postcard by Noteworthy Paper & Press — Retail Value $5.00

This is my first encounter with a non-traditional postcard shape. Frankly, I didn't know this type of thing could even be sent through the mail. Anne included this note on the info card:

This postcard should be sent as non-machinable. 1st class letter stamp + 20c extra ounce = 75c for US domestic.

I do trust her knowledge of the USPS system inherently, but I can't say the same of my local post office workers, so I might just use this postcard as a notecard for inside of a package. I have a hard time keeping my letters short enough to fit on a postcard anyway, so this way I can write double the message by spilling over onto the address side.


Minnie Pearl inspired HOWDEE! Letterpress Postcards by Ancora Letterpress — Buy a set of 6 here for $16.00

PostBox wouldn't be PostBox without something from Ancora Letterpress in the mix! They're always bold and bursting with color. This postcard design was a collaboration between Anne and Debra, founder of Ancora Letterpress, and is a nod to country comedian Minnie Pearl. I confess that at first I wasn't 100% sure what the illustration was on the front, but I see now that Minnie Pearl's signature prop was a straw hat with flowers on top and a price tag hanging down. I have a Minnie Pearl rabbit hole awaiting me!


Artsy Doodad: mt ex Layered of Flower Washi Tape — Retail Value $2.00

I'll never turn down a good roll of washi tape! When I was first introduced to it (through subscription boxes, of course) I wasn't entirely sure what to do with it, but now I'm in the "what can't you do with it?" camp. Just yesterday I used it to mark an X on the floor where my daughter should stand while playing catch, I have a piece holding a note on our front door about how to function the tricky handle, I've used it endlessly to decorate mail, and more.


Vintage Postage 

PostBox always includes the postage you need to mail the cards you just received. Along with the stamps themselves comes a map key of sorts, which visually helps you make sure your stamps add up to the appropriate cost. For the first time this month my stamps look a little different than what they key shows, but it was easy enough to figure out. Sometimes I find that the 3 or 4 (or more) vintage stamps required to send a piece of mail takes up too much space on a postcard, but it isn't a problem on a regular greeting card.


Here are my stamps and washi tape in action!


Bonus: Orange Bandana

Finally, I'm revisiting the orange bandana that arrived wrapped around all my PostBox contents. It's not listed as an official part of the box, but it's a great bonus item. I sometimes wear bandanas as headbands or neckties (I usually cut them in half diagonally so that there isn't so much fabric), and also used to tie one loosely around my dog's neck (also in cut in half). This bright orange is such a fun pop of color and I can't wait to wear it this spring & summer.

Verdict: After a more "serious" month filled with nostalgia and even a keepsake card last month, April's Postmark'd Studio PostBox was back to pure fun and lightness. Each card was personality-filled while still maintaining the quality I've come to expect from PostBox. I can't wait to send each and every one of these cards and postcards out to friends!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this box is sold out. The upcoming May "Blossoms & Bees" box is also sold out—it will ship on May 1, so US customers should receive it in time for Mother's Day. Sign up by May 10 to receive the June 2021 box, which has a theme of "Hearts & Hues." June's box will begin shipping on June 5.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get free shipping on your first box (MSAFS) or save $10 off your first box with a 3-month subscription (MSA404ME)

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25.00 + $5.00 shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box (not including the stamps) has an average cost of $5.00. 

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Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.

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