Thursday, October 11, 2018

THANKFUL - Post Card Swap - Postmark by WEDNESDAY, October 31st

Flowers, the Sea, Sunsets, Dragonflies
 If someone were to ask you "What are you thankful for?," what would you say?  I think I'd say,"Have you got all day?" because I have SO many things to be thankful for, among which is this group of wonderful artists who inspire me and keep me on my toes.  

As the North American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day in November approaches, let's think about what makes our lives better, happier, more fulfilled and productive.  




NOTE: you don't have to represent the holiday itself unless you want to.    
I, for one, have memories of sitting at the "childrens' table" waiting for the traditional holiday meal which had been filling my grandparents' house with tempting aroma's for hours and hours...  Family gatherings...
Wildlife/Trees/Hot Air Balloons

Or, think about the (people or) things that add beauty and hope to your life.  







Kitties, and Times of Rest
Make up 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with designated swap partners.  Any media or technique.  

Please write on the back of your card something for which you are thankful. 


Beauty of Nature Details

Summary
THEME:  THANKFUL
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE/ PARAMETERS:  
6" x 4+1/4"

CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • SUGGESTED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - THANKFUL" on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ART 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 71-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get them into the mail no later than 
WEDMESDAY, October 31st
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  
USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (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 as-is 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, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant.
  • Write “MMSA -  THANKFUL" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  Including an email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS WHICH YOUR SWAP HOST WILL ATTACH
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you expect to receive back.
    (Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails 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 nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.
POSTAGE AND CARD SIZE
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.35) 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 "nonmachinable" rate of $.71
  • If your card is very thick,  heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should 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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