Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for another postcard swap!

This is a free themed swap. Make whatever kind of postcard you want, as long as it's handmade, your original artwork, and conforms to the other information on this page.

Remember to read What is a Postcard? first, to ensure that what you design is acceptable to the post office, and will arrive at its destination in good shape.

Please note: this swap is limited to those with mailing addresses in the United States only.

How This Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little hand-written, personal message on the left side of the back. Before making your postcards, you should read What is a Postcard?, to be sure we're all on the same page.
  • THREE small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • THREE First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards.

Swap packages must arrive before November 9th, 2018. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out. Then I'll put your address labels and stamps on them, and send them to you in the mail. Assuming the Postal Gods are kind, you will receive three postally used postcards with messages on them in the mail.

Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following participants:

Cindy Trobaugh
Esta Berman-Price
Margaret Richardson
Susan Wilken
Amy O'Brien
Betsy Langley

Questions & Answers

Do I mail to one person, or many people?
All three of your postcards are mailed to me in one envelope, and I’ll remail them individually, using stamps and mailing labels. The mailing info is in the welcome message you’ll receive after you request a spot, and are accepted into the swap.

Why do I have to send you First Class stamps instead of postcard stamps?
Because most handmade postcards are too thick to be sent using postcard stamps, and I really don’t want your postcards to arrive postage due.

Is this swap US only?
Yes. Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting participants who live outside the United States.

Where do I send the postcards?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants. Do not post comments on this page asking for the mailing address, or try to obtain it through other means. I’ve had a couple of people try to weasel their way into swaps by snagging my mailing address elsewhere. Don’t do it! Your postcards will be returned to you, unswapped, and your name with go on my bad swappers list, making you ineligible to swap at Mixed Media Club again.

I signed up. Why didn’t I receive the swap’s welcome email?
Only people who use the correct sign up form (NOT the tab on the side, but the form embedded in this page) and are accepted to swap will receive the email. If you didn’t receive it, you A) used the wrong form to sign up, or B) are on my bad swapper list from a previous swap, or C) sent in a request after all the open spots were filled.

Should I put my name, or my return address, on the left side of the postcard?
You can put whatever information you like on the message side of the back, as long as it’s hand-written and personal, rather than promotional. If you want to include your name, that’s fine. If you want to include your return address, make sure it’s small, so it won’t be confused with the mailing address I add to the right side, before I mail it out.

Please do not use these postcards purely as a promotional tool. Do not advertise your various social media accounts or online shops in your message. Nobody wants to receive advertising in the mail!

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There’s always at least one person who asks this. Unless the project description says otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether your postcards are all the same design, or all different. What matters is that they’re postcards, and flat.

Can I use watercolor paper to make my postcards?
Yep. That’s what I use to make many of mine. You can also use multiple layers of index cards (I glue two together, art it up, and then glue a third to the back when I’m done), old cereal boxes, or chipboard. Make sure whatever you use is sturdy enough to go through the mail, but not too thick.

Can I embellish my postcards with ribbon, yarn, buttons, or other dimensional items?
NO. This is not a card swap. It’s for postcards. Postcards are FLAT. Your postcards must be flat enough to be sent through the postal machines as postcards. If your postcards are not flat, they will be returned to you, unswapped.

Can I send my postcards in individual cello envelopes?
NO. This swap is for postcards to be mailed as postcards. It is not for postcards to be mailed in envelopes of any kind. If you send me postcards in individual cello (or any other type) envelopes, I will either remove them, or, if they cannot be mailed safely without the envelope, return them to you unswapped. Save us both a headache, and make FLAT postcards that can be mailed as postcards!

What should the back of my postcard look like?

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

Colored Fabric Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for another postcard swap!

In conjunction with my upcoming book, Easy Fabric Postcards, this swap is for colored fabric postcards. Get out your crayons!

If you've never colored on fabric before, you might find Coloring on Fabric With Crayons helpful.

Remember to read What is a Postcard? first, to ensure that what you design is acceptable to the post office, and will arrive at its destination in good shape.

Please note: this swap is limited to those with mailing addresses in the United States only.

How This Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade, colored fabric postcards with your original, art on the front, and a little hand-written, personal message on the left side of the back. Before making your postcards, you should read What is a Postcard?, to be sure we're all on the same page.
  • THREE small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • THREE First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards.
  • A release form. More about this will be included in the welcome email you receive after you sign up.

Swap packages must arrive before September 21st, 2018. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out. Then I'll put your address labels and stamps on them, and send them to you in the mail. Assuming the Postal Gods are kind, you will receive three postally used postcards with messages on them in the mail.

Packages Received

I've received swap packages from these people:

Amy O'Brien
Margaret Richardson
Sandra Walker

Questions & Answers

Do I mail to one person, or many people?
All three of your postcards are mailed to me in one envelope, and I’ll remail them individually, using stamps and mailing labels. The mailing info is in the welcome message you’ll receive after you request a spot, and are accepted into the swap.

Why do I have to send you First Class stamps instead of postcard stamps?
Because most handmade postcards are too thick to be sent using postcard stamps, and I really don’t want your postcards to arrive postage due.

Is this swap US only?
Yes. Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting participants who live outside the United States.

Where do I send the postcards?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants. Do not post comments on this page asking for the mailing address, or try to obtain it through other means. I’ve had a couple of people try to weasel their way into swaps by snagging my mailing address elsewhere. Don’t do it! Your postcards will be returned to you, unswapped, and your name with go on my bad swappers list, making you ineligible to swap at Mixed Media Club again.

I signed up. Why didn’t I receive the swap’s welcome email?
Only people who use the correct sign up form (NOT the tab on the side, but the form embedded in this page) and are accepted to swap will receive the email. If you didn’t receive it, you A) used the wrong form to sign up, or B) are on my bad swapper list from a previous swap, or C) sent in a request after all the open spots were filled or sign ups were closed.

Should I put my name, or my return address, on the left side of the postcard?
You can put whatever information you like on the message side of the back, as long as it’s hand-written and personal, rather than promotional. If you want to include your name, that’s fine. If you want to include your return address, make sure it’s small, so it won’t be confused with the mailing address I add to the right side, before I mail it out.

Please do not use these postcards purely as a promotional tool. Do not advertise your various social media accounts or online shops in your message. Nobody wants to receive advertising in the mail!

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There’s always at least one person who asks this. Unless the project description says otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether your postcards are all the same design, or all different. What matters is that they’re postcards, include fabric that’s colored with crayons.

Can I use watercolor paper to make my postcards?
Yep. That’s what I use to make many of mine. You can also use multiple layers of index cards (I glue two together, art it up, and then glue a third to the back when I’m done), old cereal boxes, or chipboard. Make sure whatever you use is sturdy enough to go through the mail, but not too thick.

Can I embellish my postcards with ribbon, yarn, buttons, or other dimensional items?
NO. This is not a card swap. It’s for postcards. Postcards are FLAT. Your postcards must be flat enough to be sent through the postal machines as postcards. If your postcards are not flat, they will be returned to you, unswapped.

Can I send my postcards in individual cello envelopes?
NO. This swap is for postcards to be mailed as postcards. It is not for postcards to be mailed in envelopes of any kind. If you send me postcards in individual cello (or any other type) envelopes, I will either remove them, or, if they cannot be mailed safely without the envelope, return them to you unswapped. Save us both a headache, and make FLAT postcards that can be mailed as postcards!

What should the back of my postcard look like?

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

Coloring on Fabric With Crayons

I made these postcards by drawing a design, transferring it to fabric, and coloring it with crayons. Here’s how they went together:

A few tips:

  • The pen I used was a Pigma Micron 08. Any permanent pen that doesn’t bleed will work.
  • I used plain old Crayola crayons to do this. There’s no need to buy the crayons designed for fabric if the finished piece will not be washed. The color of the crayon does dull just a bit when it’s ironed.
  • The fabric I used was unbleached muslin. It’s lightweight and inexpensive, and takes color well.
  • This technique really only works on light colored fabric.
  • Remember to always cover your work surface and iron whenever you press anything that has been colored, or anything that has Heat n Bond on it. Sandwich your piece between paper or paper towels, which can be disposed if they get wax or adhesive on them.

Glue Card Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

I thought we'd try something a little different this time around: a glue card swap.

What's a glue card? It's a postcard that's created like a gluebook page. Sort of a little magazine collage to go. The focus is what can be done with magazines and junk mail, and not on products like rubber stamps, stickers, and paints. Read more about gluebooks here.

Remember to read What is a Postcard? first, to ensure that what you design is acceptable to the post office, and will arrive at its destination in good shape.

Please note: this swap is limited to those with mailing addresses in the United States only.

How This Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade glue cards with your original, FLAT magazine collage art on the front, and a little hand-written, personal message on the left side of the back. Before making your cards, you should read What is a Postcard?, to be sure we're all on the same page.
  • THREE small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • THREE First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards.

Swap packages must arrive before August 10th, 2018. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the glue cards, I'll swap them out. Then I'll put your address labels and stamps on them, and send them to you in the mail. Assuming the Postal Gods are kind, you will receive three postally used cards with messages on them in the mail.

Swap Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following participants:

Roberta Hinds
Sandy Wyatt
Jo Gray
Betsy Langley
Val Edwards
Margaret Richardson
Esta Berman-Price
Susan Wilken
Jeane Walker Sliney
Amy Garner
Amy O'Brien
Susan Adamek
Ann Gimbert
Valerie Orner
Cindy Blood
Mary Pendergrass
Lisa Silva

Questions & Answers

Do I mail to one person, or many people?
All three of your cards are mailed to me in one envelope, and I’ll remail them individually, using stamps and mailing labels. The mailing info is in the welcome message you’ll receive after you request a spot, and are accepted into the swap.

Why do I have to send you First Class stamps instead of postcard stamps?
Because most handmade cards are too thick to be sent using postcard stamps, and I really don’t want your cards to arrive postage due.

Is this swap US only?
Yes. Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting participants who live outside the United States.

Where do I send my swap package?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants. Do not post comments on this page asking for the mailing address, or try to obtain it through other means. I’ve had a couple of people try to weasel their way into swaps by snagging my mailing address elsewhere. Don’t do it! Your package will be returned to you, unswapped, and your name with go on my bad swappers list, making you ineligible to swap at Mixed Media Club again.

I signed up. Why didn’t I receive the swap’s welcome email?
Only people who use the correct sign up form  and are accepted to swap will receive the email. If you didn’t receive it, you A) used the wrong form to sign up, or B) are on my bad swapper list from a previous swap, or C) sent in a request after all the open spots were filled.

Should I put my name, or my return address, on the left side of my cards?
You can put whatever information you like on the message side of the back, as long as it’s hand-written and personal, rather than promotional. If you want to include your name, that’s fine. If you want to include your return address, make sure it’s small, so it won’t be confused with the mailing address I add to the right side, before I mail it out.

Please do not use this swap purely as a promotional tool. Do not advertise your various social media accounts or online shops in your message. Nobody wants to receive advertising in the mail!

Do all my cards have to be the same design?
There’s always at least one person who asks this. Unless the project description says otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether your cards are all the same design, or all different. What matters is that they’re postcards, and flat, and conform to whatever swap requirements are listed.

Can I use watercolor paper to make my postcards?
Yep. That’s what I use to make many of mine. You can also use multiple layers of index cards (I glue two together, art it up, and then glue a third to the back when I’m done), old cereal boxes, or chipboard. Make sure whatever you use is sturdy enough to go through the mail, but not too thick.

Can I embellish my postcards with ribbon, yarn, buttons, or other dimensional items?
NO. This is not a greeting card swap. It’s for postcards. Postcards are FLAT. Your postcards must be flat enough to be sent through the postal machines as postcards. If your postcards are not flat, they will be returned to you, unswapped.

Can I send my cards in individual cello envelopes?
NO. This swap is for glue cards to be mailed as postcards. It is not for postcards to be mailed in envelopes of any kind. If you send me cards in individual cello (or any other type) envelopes, I will either remove them, or, if they cannot be mailed safely without the envelope, return them to you unswapped. Save us both a headache, and make FLAT postcards that can be mailed as postcards!

What should the back of my cards look like?

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

100+ Summer Prompts

Looking for some ideas for your summer projects? Here’s a list of words, quotes and expressions that might inspire your next hot idea:

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. —Henry James

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. —Wallace Stevens

Summertime is always the best of what might be. —Charles Bowden

’cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about. —John Mayer

Oh, the summer night,
has a smile of light,
and she sits on a sapphire throne.

—Bryan Procter

You are so much sunshine in every square inch. —Walt Whitman

Live in the sunshine.
Swim in the sea.
Drink in the wild air.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. —Russell Baker

10 things to love about summer
2 hot
A bright, sun shiny day
A day in the sun
A ray of sunshine
A sip of summer
A sizzling summer
A slice of summer
A summer place
A summer to remember
A sweet taste of summer
A taste of summer
Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues
At the pool
Bahama breezes
Baked in the sun
Basking in the sunshine
Bathing beauty
Beachy keen
Beat the heat
Beyond the sea
California dreaming
Catch a wave
Catching rays
Cool by the pool
Cool fun in the hot sun
Dancing on the sand
Days of summer
Delight in the joys of summer
Desert heat
Dive into summer
Dog days of summer
Dreaming of summer
Endless summer
Feel the burn
Feeling hot! Hot! Hot!
Fire up the grill
Firefly summer
Fun in the sand
Fun in the sun
Get set to get wet
Girls just want to have sun
Going for a swim
Good day sunshine
Gotta wear shades
Havin’ a heat wave
Hello sunshine
Here comes the sun
Hot fun in the summer time
Hot summer nights
Hot, hot, hot
I know what you did last summer
I’m gonna let it shine
I’m walking on sunshine
In the good old summertime
It’s a dry heat
It’s a sun shiny day
June bug
Just add water
Just another day to relax
Keeping cool
Lazy days of summer
Lazy summer daze

Let the sun shine in
Let’s sail away
Lickin’ the heat
Life’s a beach
Little mermaid
Little miss sunshine
Lounging by the pool
Made in the shade
Makin’ a splash
Makin’ waves
May the sunshine always find you
Ocean bliss
One fine day
Playing in the sand
Pool boy
Pool party
Pooling around
Poolside
Popsicle weather
Ray Of sunshine
Rise and shine
S is for summer
School’s out for summer
Seasons in the sun
Short sleeves and bare feet
Signs of summer
Sink or swim
Sizzlin’
Slice of summer
Sliding into summer
Slippery when wet
Soak up the sun
Some like it hot
Stayin’ cool in the pool
Summer breeze
Summer days
Summer dreams
Summer fun
Summer in paradise
Summer in the city
Summer nights
Summer secrets
Summertime
Summertime blues
Sun dried
Sun kissed
Sun worshipers
Sunny days
Sunny side up
Sun-sational
Sweet summertime
Taste of summer
The boys Of summer
The dog days of summer
The heat is on
Too hot to handle
Tropical breezes
Tryin’ to keep cool
Walking on sunshine
We’re having a heat wave
Wet ‘n wild
You are my sunshine
You are the sunshine of my life

Pink, Orange & Purple Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for another postcard swap!

This is a color themed swap: pink, orange and purple. You should paint or collage your way to three postcards that use all three of these colors.

You can also include black, white, gold or silver in your palette, as long as your postcards include pink, orange and purple as well.

Remember to read What is a Postcard? first, to ensure that what you design is acceptable to the post office, and will arrive at its destination in good shape.

Please note: this swap is limited to those with mailing addresses in the United States only.

How This Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little hand-written, personal message on the left side of the back. Before making your postcards, you should read What is a Postcard?, to be sure we're all on the same page.
  • THREE small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • THREE First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards.

Swap packages must arrive before June 15th, 2018. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out. Then I'll put your address labels and stamps on them, and send them to you in the mail. Assuming the Postal Gods are kind, you will receive three postally used postcards with messages on them in the mail.

Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following participants:

Cindy Trobaugh
Esta Berman-Price
Rose Banwart
Sandra Walker
Margaret Richardson
Amy O'Brien
Ann Gimbert
Betsy Langley
Dale Petrishe
Billie Miles
Amy Jo Garner

Questions & Answers

Do I mail to one person, or many people?
All three of your postcards are mailed to me in one envelope, and I’ll remail them individually, using stamps and mailing labels. The mailing info is in the welcome message you’ll receive after you request a spot, and are accepted into the swap.

Why do I have to send you First Class stamps instead of postcard stamps?
Because most handmade postcards are too thick to be sent using postcard stamps, and I really don’t want your postcards to arrive postage due.

Is this swap US only?
Yes. Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting participants who live outside the United States.

Where do I send the postcards?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants. Do not post comments on this page asking for the mailing address, or try to obtain it through other means. I’ve had a couple of people try to weasel their way into swaps by snagging my mailing address elsewhere. Don’t do it! Your postcards will be returned to you, unswapped, and your name with go on my bad swappers list, making you ineligible to swap at Mixed Media Club again.

I signed up. Why didn’t I receive the swap’s welcome email?
Only people who use the correct sign up form (NOT the tab on the side, but the form embedded in this page) and are accepted to swap will receive the email. If you didn’t receive it, you A) used the wrong form to sign up, or B) are on my bad swapper list from a previous swap, or C) sent in a request after all the open spots were filled.

Should I put my name, or my return address, on the left side of the postcard?
You can put whatever information you like on the message side of the back, as long as it’s hand-written and personal, rather than promotional. If you want to include your name, that’s fine. If you want to include your return address, make sure it’s small, so it won’t be confused with the mailing address I add to the right side, before I mail it out.

Please do not use these postcards purely as a promotional tool. Do not advertise your various social media accounts or online shops in your message. Nobody wants to receive advertising in the mail!

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There’s always at least one person who asks this. Unless the project description says otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether your postcards are all the same design, or all different. What matters is that they’re postcards, and flat.

Can I use watercolor paper to make my postcards?
Yep. That’s what I use to make many of mine. You can also use multiple layers of index cards (I glue two together, art it up, and then glue a third to the back when I’m done), old cereal boxes, or chipboard. Make sure whatever you use is sturdy enough to go through the mail, but not too thick.

Can I embellish my postcards with ribbon, yarn, buttons, or other dimensional items?
NO. This is not a card swap. It’s for postcards. Postcards are FLAT. Your postcards must be flat enough to be sent through the postal machines as postcards. If your postcards are not flat, they will be returned to you, unswapped.

Can I send my postcards in individual cello envelopes?
NO. This swap is for postcards to be mailed as postcards. It is not for postcards to be mailed in envelopes of any kind. If you send me postcards in individual cello (or any other type) envelopes, I will either remove them, or, if they cannot be mailed safely without the envelope, return them to you unswapped. Save us both a headache, and make FLAT postcards that can be mailed as postcards!

What should the back of my postcard look like?

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.

For this swap, your postcard back should follow this format.