Saturday, March 11, 2017

Here Comes The Sun (Post Card) Swap - Send by May 1st


Brighten your art day by creating a postcard with an imaginative sun theme. All forms/styles welcomed. However, if you're going to print out a digital image of your sun creation, why not add some embellishments using ink, stamps, markers, collage, paint, glitter, nail polish. (Yes nail polish! Have you tried it?)

 On the message side, write a short note:  tools used, techniques, quotes, musings, etc. Tell us where your sun is mailed from or remember to add your return address. Please!!!

THEME:  Stylized Sun
MEDIA:  Paint, Ink, Pencil, Markers, Stickers, Collage, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  Your choice or combinations
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/2"

CHECKLIST:

  • sufficient postage for each piece you send
  • address labels for each piece you send
  • waxed paper between pieces
  • return address
  • a bit of tape on four edges of your envelope 
  • (We've had less damage and loss since we started reinforcing edges)
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, WILL PROBABLY REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINEABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your cards in an envelope and
Mail by May 1st to:
Wanda
PO Box 103
Wasco, IL 60183 USA

QUESTIONS:  zinniazen@juno.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • 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.  Things are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - SUN" on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  A short friendly note or good wishes on the message side are always appreciated. 
  • 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
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need non-machineable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • 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 may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov



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