Monday, January 20, 2014

Star postcards – Due February 18th

The theme for this postcard swap is Stars.
Like most of our themes, I’m leaving this open to interpretation.  Your postcard could be in the shape of a star, or could have stars on it, or cut out of it.  It could feature the night sky.  It could feature famous people in Hollywood.  Shooting stars?  Stars in your eyes?
Anything goes.

Swap details:
  • create postcard-sized art (any dimensions) featuring stars.  All styles of art are welcome -you do not need to create collages or mixed media pieces.  Feel free to draw, paint, sew, sculpt, digitize, but keep in mind the postcard will be sent to your partner without an envelope.
  • make as many cards as you like - you will get back the same number you send
  • if you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope
  • write “MMSA stars” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail
  • write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.  Consider adding a note or favorite quote for your partner.
  • include an address label for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)
  • New for 2014: when including postage, go ahead and stick the stamp on the postcard.  You no longer need to send it loose in the envelope. (if you don’t have stamps, you can still send me cash, or send me postal money via paypal) 
  • international swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is

Postage and Card Size
Reminder: Postal rates go up January 26th!
You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34 as of January 26th) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage than one of those "apple" stamps
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) stamp is what you need.
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:

Mail your cards no later than  February 18th (I don’t need to receive them by the 18th, they need to be postmarked by the 18th)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States

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