Friday, September 12, 2014

New Swap at last! Black & Metallic postcards - due September 22nd

And we’re back……
Thanks for your patience while I focused on my non-art life for while.

We’re jumping right back in with a color swap.
The turnaround time is a little quick, but I know how eager you've all been.  Plus, color swaps are popular, and most of you find them fun and not too difficult to complete.
You’ve got two whole weekends to work on this - let's get started!

So, for this swap we will make postcards that combine the color black with something metallic.
What’s your favorite metallic shade?  Silver, gold, bronze, copper, brass, platinum?  Use one, use them all.  As long as you keep your color palette limited to just black and metallics.

As with our other color combination swaps, you can create your postcards using any technique – paint, collage, photography, drawing, sewing, etc.
Use metallic paints, markers, papers, thread, tape, embellishments….there are a lot of shiny possibilities!

Swap details:
  • You may submit as many as  four cards  (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 black & metallic” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail
  • I highly suggest you 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. 
  • A note for your partner on the left side of the postcard is a nice touch.

·       Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)
  • Please 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 (
  • 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 ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.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 September 22nd. (I don’t need to receive them by the 22nd, they need to be postmarked by the 22nd.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Loved doing the Black and Metallic cards. I really liked the dramatic color combo.

  2. Oh geez Karen, I didn't get mine in the mail, can I send them tomorrow still?!