Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Round postcards – Due November 3rd


Here's a swap we did a few years ago that was so much fun it’s worth repeating.

Round postcards!

Create a round sturdy base, and turn it into a work of art that will be mailed “naked.”

Won’t it be fun to receive something round in your mail box?

Postage for these will be $.70 each unless you create something unusually heavy or stiff or lumpy.  When in doubt, go ask your friendly postal worker.

The style of art you create on your circle is entirely up to you. All techniques and materials are welcome.

Want to see examples from our last swap?

Click here, here, here and here.

Please leave ample room on the back for an address label.

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 round” 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 ample space for an address label somewhere on the back

  • 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 – at least $.70 (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

  • Because these cards are an unusual shape it will cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70

  • If it weighs more than 1 ounce, it’s going to cost more. (an additional $.21 per ounce) 

  • 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 November 3rd (I don’t need to receive them by the 3rd, they need to be postmarked by the 3rd.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Ooh...I'm excited about this one! Love odd shaped mail!

  2. What do you mean by sending them naked?

    1. Hi Fran,
      It means we'll be mailing them without an envelope.

    2. no size limitations - just make sure you've got enough postage

  3. I've been googling to find postal regs for different size and weight round postcards and here's what comes up, from the usps:
    "You want your mailpiece to look unique to catch your customers' attention but an odd-shaped mailpiece not only may cost more to design and print but also may be nonmailable (for example, a round postcard) or subject to a higher price. First-Class Mail letters and Standard Mail letters that are are square, rigid, or unusually shaped are subject to higher prices."

    That sounds like a round postcard is non-mailable , but I spoze it depends on how friendly your post person is? Obviously you've done it before in these swaps so it's worth a try. For the 70 cent rate, what's the diameter of the circle? Thanks

    1. We had great success last time. Most of the cards were 5 or 6 inches in diameter.

  4. I hope to the baby Jesus that I can do this one. I have some great round boards I've been dying to alter.

  5. round template suggestion....I found some ribbon holders that were about 5-51/2 and used the cardboard bottoms for my cards!