Thursday, January 2, 2014

Year of the Horse postcards - Due January 27th

The lunar new year begins January 31st and 2014 is the year of the Horse. Let’s celebrate accordingly by creating horse-themed postcards!

Swap details:
  • create postcard-sized art (any dimensions) featuring horses.  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 Year of the Horse” 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 $1.10 $1.15 per card (paypal account is iamrushmore@gmail.com)

Postage and Card Size
Postal rates go up January 26th!
I won't be mailing these back to you until after the rate change so please plan accordingly when you include postage.
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 ($.34 as of January 26th) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage than one of those "apple" stamps
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.46 $.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 $.66 $.70?
  • If your card doesn't bend, the post office considers it a package and will probably cost $2.07 I have no idea what to mail.
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov/

Mail your cards no later than January 27th (I don’t need to receive them by the 27th, they need to be postmarked by the 27th)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States

1 comment:

  1. Remember, postal rates go up Jan. 26th. Postcards will be 34 cents to get back in the USA. 49 cents first class letter, 21 cents for the second ounce etc.

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