Sunday, February 1, 2015

Three-element collages - Due March 2nd

For this swap we will be creating collaged postcards using only 3 elements.

This is a strictly paper project -no added paint or ink or marker, etc.

Your paper elements can be anything – magazine images, painted papers, photos, wrapping paper, old or new paper ephemera....

Your substrate can be any size and any sturdy material and it doesn’t count as one of your three elements.  (Add three things to your substrate)

Keep in mind it has to be bigger than 3.5”x5” in order to go through the mail, and pay close attention to postal size regulations when attaching your stamps.  (see below for details)

Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards (you will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)

  • 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 3 element collage” 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 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 March 2nd. (I don’t need to receive them by the 2nd, they need to be postmarked by the 2nd.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Three item collages are my favorites! Now let's see if I can get off my rear and create some... :P