Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn color postcards - hosted by Susan - due October 12th

Susan Stewart has bravely offered to host a swap, and her chosen theme is Autumn Colors.  I don't know about you, but here in Massachusetts the leaves have just begun to change colors, and though it was over 90 degrees out yesterday, I'll probably be wearing a sweater and boots by next week!
Soon my landscape will be dominated by those golden yellows, rusty oranges and vibrant reds that we are known for in these parts.
But I digress...

Original art from frequent MMSA swapper, Gina Visione, created for an MMSA swap back in 2012.

Susan invites you to create up to four postcards using traditional autumn colors. You can use autumn imagery, or keep it totally abstract, as long as you are using colors in the red/orange/gold/brown family.  Interpret the theme any way you wish, creating in any style you want, using any media you want. Postcards will be mailed to partners "naked" (without an envelope) so don't put anything too crazy/lumpy on them.

Since Susan is the guest host you will be mailing all your items to her.  Cards must be sent by October 12thHer mailing address is:

Susan Stewart
1449 56th Street W.
Bradenton  FL 34209


Don’t forget the new postage rate for postcards is $.35, and your card has to be no larger than 4"x6" to use a postcard stamp.  Please measure your cards.  Postcards may not be delivered if they don't have enough postage.  If your card is bigger than 4"x6" you'll need a "forever" stamp.
Have fun, and let me (Karen) know if you're interested in hosting a future swap.

Swap details:
  • You may submit as many as four cards (you will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist) 
  • 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 money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope. (sorry, can't take paypal payments this time)
  • if you're sending 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 Autumn” 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)
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 ($.35) 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.  Keep in mind, if you have the old hummingbird, or apple or aloha stamps, you will need to add either a $.01 or $.02 or $.03 stamp to equal the current postcard rate.  

  • 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, house shaped) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.71
  • 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 October 12th to: 
Susan Stewart
1449 56th Street W.
Bradenton  FL 34209

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