Friday, January 31, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

STAMP HEADS ATC Swap - Postmark by February 24th

From envelope by Clover K.
It is time for another Artists' Trading Cards group swap. 

I received this delightful envelope in mid-January and was reminded that we haven't had a Stamp Heads swap since January 2014 and December 2015.  

This theme will lend itself to either a mixed media or a collage approach.
My first Stamp Head ATC was this Tyvek Dragon made in the late 1990's for an exchange with an artsy friend in Spain.  I'm sorry that the image resolution is so poor, but perhaps if you tilt your head to the left, you will get an idea of the intended effect.

by hhc - January 2020

by hhc - January 2020

When you create Artists' Trading Cards which are 2+1/2" x 3+1/2" in size, there isn't much room to work, but the subject focus and quicker construction process should make it easy and fun. 

For most of these ATCs I selected the background or body first, then looked for a stamp to add  to it.  I tried to keep the size ratio the same or close, and I considered the body position for the head angle to work with it.  You don't have to be as particular.  Just have fun!

by hhc - January 2020

Start with any background you like.  Make a scene or choose a neutral background.  Find a postage stamp with a head on it (either human or animal) and then collage/sketch/paint a body to go with it.  Or start with the body and look for a head stamp to go with it.  It helps if you have a stash of old postage stamps to go through, although modern postage is generally more colorful. This is your opportunity for whimsy :) 

by hhc - January 2020

Your art may be oriented vertically or horizontally, whatever works for you.

On the back of each ATC you send in, please write "MMSA- Stamp Heads" with the date.  Also, include your name and contact info so whoever receives your art can thank you.

by hhc - January 2020

Participants will make 1 - 4 Artists' Trading Cards to be exchanged with others who join in on the fun.

by hhc - January 2020

Please send in your art separated/protected by cellophane or waxed paper, and a return envelope (SASE) in which your swap partner's art will come to you.

by hhc - January 2020

NOTE:  If you use cardboard or any other thick, stiff base instead of card stock, please include extra loose postage to make it easier for your host to send your nonmachinable art along.  Thank you.

THEME:  Stamp Heads
FORMAT:  Artist Trading Cards 
MEDIA:  Paper collage, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  Paint, sketch, collage, rubber stamp, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  2+1/2" x 3+1/2"
by hhc - January 2020


Put your ATCs in an envelope and send
it in by February 24th


Honi C.
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065


  • You may submit as many as four ATCs.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Mail your ATCs to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the swapped ATCs for you in the self-addressed envelope you provide.  
  • If you're sending more than one ATC, please insert waxed paper or parchment between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  
  • Please write your return address or email address on the back of the ATC 
  • so the recipient can thank you.  
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your return address, and non-machinable postage (currently 70-cents) 
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:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


WOW, these are wonderful!

Here are four from Fran H: 

Four from JAK:

Four from Janet R: