Sunday, February 1, 2015

Year of the sheep postcards – due February 17th

This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 19th, and 2015 is the year of the sheep.  Let’s honor the new year by creating sheep-themed postcards.
(Some sources are calling this the year of the goat, some are calling the it the year of the sheep.  I'm not sure why this is, but if you would rather create a goat postcard, feel free.)

This gorgeous postcard was created and mailed to me by my friend Carroll, a.k.a. "dumpsterdiversanonymous"

Create your postcard in your favorite style – Drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media – anything goes!  It does not have to have any traditional Chinese New Year design elements to it, but it can if you want.

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 Sheep” 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 February 17th. (I don’t need to receive them by the 17th, they need to be postmarked by the 17th.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Wonderful to see a TRADE being posted! Thank you, now goats or sheep...

  2. I am calling it the Year of the Ram!