Saturday, June 6, 2015

"Silver Muse" postcards - Due July 3rd

Here we go – our first guest-hosted swap!

Huge Thanks to Honi for jumping in to host a swap.

(Remember: Since she is the guest host you will be mailing all our items to her, not to me.)

Honi chose the theme “Silver Muse” as a small way of honoring our dear friend Currie Silver.

Your challenge:

Create a postcard using the color silver.

Your design does not have to be ALL
silver, but please include at least one noticeable element of silver in the overall design.  
For example:
metallic ink, foil, paint, tape, paper, threads or fibers, etc.

Any medium and/or technique is welcome:  paint, ink, collage, combination, etc.

Don’t forget to use the new postage rate of $.35!

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 me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope. (sorry, can't take paypal payments this time)


  • if you're sending me 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 Silver” 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) 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 July 3rd (I don’t need to receive them by the 3rd, they need to be postmarked by the 3rd.)


big mamabird said...

Ideas are already percolating..!

Linda Gibbons said...

wonderful first theme, and a beautiful way to remember Currie. I'm in.

arts4all said...

What a wonderful way for us all to honor Currie! I'm in ;-}

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