Friday, March 7, 2014

Map postcards - due March 31st

Let's make postcards featuring maps!
Road maps, topographic maps, transit maps, treasure maps, imaginary maps....
Any map will do.
Use a real one.  Draw your own.  Invent a country.  Make a map of your mind.
As always, the theme is open to interpretation.

Swap details:
  • Create a postcard that features a map.  Any style, technique or medium is welcome.
  • make no more than four cards  (you will get back the same number you send)
  • include an address label for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)  
  • attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines).  If you don’t have any stamps and it’s difficult for you to get some, go ahead and send me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal (
  • 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 map” 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. 
  • Add a note for your partner.  You could share something about yourself, or describe how you made your postcard, or talk about the map you used, or share a favorite quote or joke.

  • international swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is

Postage and Card Size
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 ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage
  • Please Note:  If you have some of those old “Apple” stamps, you need an additional one cent stamp.  If you have some of those old “Aloha” stamps, you need an additional two cent stamp.  (the new postcard stamps are beautiful hummingbirds.  I just got some today!)
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.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 March 31st. (I don’t need to receive them by the 31st, they need to be postmarked by the 31st.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States

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