Friday, December 8, 2017

Build-A-Snowman Post Card Swap - Postmark by January 8th, 2018

Gold & Silver ornaments used as layers
We're giving this swap theme another try since 
last year's Snowman group swap was super fun.
Here's your chance to make a snowman 
without getting wet mittens or frozen fingers.  
For this Post Card swap, you can cut out collage elements,
paint, or draw the snowman any way
you want:  kiddie-style, abstract, folk-art, 
realistic; detailed, serious, funny, etc.
Paper Collage

You could dress him (or her) in traditional wintry garb, or maybe an ethnic or time period outfit.  He/she can be standing, or coming apart.  ("Help, I'm melting!!!")  

Please do not collage a complete magazine/photo-type cut-out snowman or use a snowman sticker as your main focus.  We're looking for the hand-assembled effect.  

(NOTE:  It's okay to take parts from different snowmen holiday cards, wrapping paper or magazine 
pictures and put them together...)
Silver ornament image for middle layer


THEME:  Create a hand-crafted snowman design
MEDIA/TECHNIQUE:  Collage, paint, ink, mixed
SIZE PARAMETERS:  Post Card 4+1/4" x 6" 








CHECKLIST:  
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****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 70-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get into the mail 
no later than January 8th

SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065 U.S.A.

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

GROUP SWAP DETAILS:
  • 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 "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, 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 - Snowman " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  An email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" 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 nonmachinable 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 "nonmachinable" 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


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017