Monday, June 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAKE! Post Card Swap - Send by July 10th

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO MMSA 
Sketch, permanent markers, watercolor pencils, rubber stamps
According to the archives, 
the first recorded MMSA mail art swap 
was dated June 15, 2012.  
Karen Isaacson started something really wonderful 
when she put this blog site together.
(Her email address is listed on the
"Contact Me" page
if anyone wants to thank her personally.)  

It has been an amazing journey with so much art 
being created and then- sent around the world.

Patterned tissue paper, scrapbook papers, permanent markers, sticker, gloss accent
To celebrate the founding of MMSA, 
let's make some Birthday Cake art.  
I also want to do this because 
we don't know every participant's birthday, 
and I'm sure someone has a June, July, or August birthday... 
So- it can be like celebrating everyone's birthday 
all at once.

You may use any technique or media to 
represent either a whole cake or a slice of cake.  
(Let's save cupcakes for another swap.) 
Suggestions:  write a note to the recipient,
whoever that might turn out to be...
Why not make up some extra's to keep on hand?
Above all, have fun!   


Art/design style/media/techniques are open 
to your interpretation, i.e. collage, paint, 
sketch, etc.

THEME:  Happy Birthday Cake
MEDIA:  Open
TECHNIQUE:  Open
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • Postage for mailing out each piece you send in
  • Self-label for each piece I send to you
  • Return address on each piece you send in
  • Stamped self-addressed return-envelope if you wish
  • Waxed paper between each piece

*****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, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE at least 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send out by July 10th

TO:
Honi Chassin
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@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 unless you specify otherwise.  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 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY" on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please include your return address on the back of each 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)
  • Send me a return 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-machinable 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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