Found Poetry Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for another postcard swap!

The theme for this found poetry, also known as blackout poetry. All postcards for this swap should contain an original, handmade found poem.

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.

What is Found Poetry?

Found poetry is created by finding words in a page of text that create a message. Basically, you take a text page, and mark out everything but the words that make your poem. It helps to get some sort of flow going, so the viewer can read the words in the order you intend.

I've put together a Pinterest board full of examples of found poetry.  Some of them are plain blackout poetry, where everything on the page except the poetry words has been blacked out. Some of them are more creative, and the words are incorporated into designs.

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 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 24th, 2017. 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.

Swap Packages Received

I’ve received swap packages from the following people:

Cindy Trobaugh
Kristin Berg
Joey Patrickt
Carolyn Huber
Betsy Langley
Junanne Peck
Amy O’Brien
Margaret Richardson
Lori Northon
Valerie Thomas
Kara Deschler
Janet Cranston
Kristen Hill
Michele Seaburg

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 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. 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.

Collage Goodies Swap

Sign-ups for this swap are closed.

It's time to branch out from postcard swaps, and start exchanging other things, too. This is my first attempt at a swap for collage goodies. It will be open to just 10 people on the good swapper's list. Please be patient if you did not receive an invitation to join this swap, or if it's already full when you get here. If this first swap goes well, I hope to do another one that's open to everyone.

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

What We're Swapping

This swap is for flat paper items only. To ensure that everyone has a positive experience, and receives relatively the same amount of stuff in their return packages, I've put together a list of acceptable collage materials and ephemera for this swap, as well as one of items to avoid. Please review this information carefully before you sign up:

Acceptable Materials

This swap is for flat collage papers and ephemera only, including the following:

  • Hand stamped, handmade, or hand painted papers.
  • Large rubber stamped images.
  • Foreign text pages.
  • Map pages.
  • Sheet music pages.
  • Old postage stamps.
  • Vintage labels.
  • Vintage paper ephemera.
  • Patterned paper napkins.
  • Large or intricate punched paper shapes.
  • Fun and interesting paper items.
  • Laser printed images.

Unacceptable Materials

Please do not include any of the following in your swap bags:

  • Dimensional embellishments.
  • Ribbons and fibers.
  • Stickers, scrapbook papers, or other commercially made paper-crafting items.
  • English dictionary pages. Sorry, but almost everyone has these.
  • Solid color card stock or paper.
  • Tags.
  • Magazine images.
  • Inkjet printed materials.
  • Anything that's not paper, or made of paper.
  • Anything that's not flat.

Use your common sense when filling your bags. If it's easy to find, or can be purchased at any craft or big box store, we all probably have it already. Please don't use this as an excuse to pass on ugly, boring, or useless materials. Look at this as an opportunity to exchange paper goodies you like, but have, or have made, more of than you need.

For example:

I like to buy pretty patterned paper napkins at the party store. They come in packs of a dozen, but I really only need three or four of each design. I will happily include some of those extras in my swap bags.

I have access to books written in several foreign languages, and probably have more than I'll ever use. Some pages from those books would be good to include in a swap bag.

How It Works

Send me one 6x9 inch envelope containing the following:

  • THREE sandwich-sized ziploc bags containing collage materials. Each bag should contain 15-20 pieces or layers. Please review the list of acceptable items, and watch the video to learn how to pack them.
  • ONE address label with your mailing address on it.
  • THREE dollars for postage.

Swap packages must arrive before May 27th, 2017. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the packages, I'll swap the bags of goodies out, put them into the envelope you've sent me, and mail it back to you.

How To Package Your Items

I made a quick video, showing how to package your items for this swap:

Packages Received

I have received swap packages from the following people:

Cindy Trobaugh
Valerie Edwards
Amy O'Brien
Lori Northon
Margaret Richardson
Mary Pendergrass
Janet Cranston
Kristin Berg
Louise Foster

Questions & Answers

Do I mail to one person, or many people?
All three of your bags are mailed to me in one envelope, and I’ll mail three new ones back to you in the same envelope you send me. The mailing info is in the welcome message you’ll receive after you request a spot, and are accepted into the swap.

Is this swap US only?
Yes. Sorry, but I'm not 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.

Got a Map? Postcard Swap

Sign-ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for another postcard swap! The theme for this one is maps. Draw a treasure map, use an old map as your background, or map out the street where you live. All postcards for this swap should use some sort of map element in their design.

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 It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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 April 29th, 2017. 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.

Swap Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following people:

Esta Berman-Price
Cindy Trobaugh
Dena Bliss
Susan Adamek
Junanne Peck
Carolyn Myles
Amy O'Brien
Lori Northon
Corinne Stubson
K.P. Berg
Linda Taylor
Michele Seaberg
Val Edwards
Janet Cranston

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 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 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. 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.

Black & White Postcard Swap

Sign-ups for this swap are now closed.

It's time for another postcard swap! The theme for this one is black and white, so get out your favorite black pen, and get your doodle on.

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 It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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 March 25th, 2017. 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.

Swap Packages Received

I've received complete swap packages from these people:

Esta Berman-Price
Cindy Trobaugh
Kristen Berg
Dena Bliss
Margaret Richardson
Janet Cranston
Angela Zacharek
Amy O'Brien
Corinne Stubson
Lori Northon

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 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 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. 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.

Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are now CLOSED.

Let's kick off 2017 with a new postcard swap. This one is a 3 for 3, open theme swap.

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 It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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 January 6th, 2017. 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.

Swap Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following people:

Kristin Berg
Esta Berman-Price
Cindy Trobaugh
Dena Bliss
Amy O'Brien
LA Smith-Buxton
Susan Adamek
Delores Raml
Lisa Silva
Michele Seaburg
Lori Northon
Valerie Thomas
Angela Flores

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 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 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. 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.

Summer Postcard Swap

Summer's almost here, so it's time to do a summer-themed postcard swap!

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.

How It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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,
    OR $3 via PayPal if you're in Canada,
    OR $6 via PayPal if anywhere else in the world.

Swap packages and payments must arrive before July 24th, 2016. 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.

How To Request a Spot

Before you consider doing a swap at Mixed Media Club, you should read How To Be a Good Swapper, and decide whether this is the right place for you to play.

Then, fill out and send the form at right (NOT the tab on the left side), and WAIT. If your request to join is approved, you will receive a welcome email with more details within 48 hours.

Priority will be given to requests submitted by my Patreon patrons, and those who have already successfully completed a swap at Mixed Media Club.

Please don't email me, or leave comments, asking if you've secured a spot. Wait for the welcome message to confirm that your request has been approved.

Swap Packages Received

If your swap package has arrived, it's listed below:

6/18 - Cindy Trobaugh
6/28 - Susan Adamek
6/30 - Ann Gimbert, Corinne Stubson, Esta Berman-Price
7/9 - Kristin Berg
7/11 - Amy O'Brien
7/15 - Robin Krieger, LA Smith-Buxton
7/18 - Liz Hand, Deb Fernandes, Valerie Thomas
7/19 - Mary Stang, Sandee Freeman
7/21 - Julia Ousley, Amy Jo Garner, Chelsea Willis, Caroline Shervill, Kara Deschler, Melanie Graffius

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?
NO! This swap is open to anyone, no matter where you are in the world.

Why do I have to pay so much if I don't live in the US?
Because mailing postcards to from where I am to wherever you are is that expensive.

Where do I send the PayPal payment?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants.

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. 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.

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There's always at least one person who asks this. 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.

Purple Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

It's time for a color-themed postcard swap! This time, it's the color purple. For this project, your postcard designs should be predominantly purple.

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.

How It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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,
    OR $3 via PayPal if you're in Canada,
    OR $6 via PayPal if anywhere else in the world.

Swap packages and payments must arrive before June 5th, 2016. 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.

How To Request a Spot

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

Before you consider doing a swap at Mixed Media Club, you should read How To Be a Good Swapper, and decide whether this is the right place for you to play.

Then, fill out and send the form at right (NOT the tab on the left side), and WAIT. If your request to join is approved, you will receive a welcome email with more details within 48 hours.

Priority will be given to requests submitted by my Patreon patrons, and those who have already successfully completed a swap at Mixed Media Club.

Please don't email me, or leave comments, asking if you've secured a spot. Wait for the welcome message to confirm that your request has been approved.

Swap Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following people:

5/9 - Esta Berman-Price
5/12 - Cindy Trobaugh
5/16 - Beth Laverty, Caroline Shervill
5/19 - Barbara Housner
5/21 - Julia Simonello
5/23 - Susan Adamek, Amy O'Brien
5/24 - Mary Ann Gross
5/25 - Dolores Raml
5/26 - Mary Stang
5/27 - Robin Krieger
5/28 - Lori Northon, Ann Gimbert
5/31 - Pam Parker, LA Smith-Buxton, Gwen Deighton, Deborah Fernandes, Amy Jo Garner
6/2 - Kristin Berg, Angela Zacharek
6/3 - Janet Gray, Chelsea Willis, Kara Deschler, Sandi Mueller, Valerie Thomas

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?
NO! This swap is open to anyone, no matter where you are in the world.

Why do I have to pay so much if I don't live in the US?
Because mailing postcards to from where I am to wherever you are is that expensive.

Where do I send the PayPal payment?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants.

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.

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. 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.

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There's always at least one person who asks this. 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.

Spring Colors Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are now closed.

After a short break in postcard swapping, I thought something light and fun was in order. Let's make postcards that celebrate the colors of spring!

Think flowers and birds and butterflies, and the joys of spring. Design something happy and colorful to send through the mail.

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.

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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,
    OR $3 via PayPal if you're in Canada,
    OR $6 via PayPal if anywhere else in the world.

Swap packages and payments must arrive before May 1st, 2016. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out, 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.

How To Request a Spot

Sign ups for this swap are closed.

Before you consider doing a swap at Mixed Media Club, you should read How To Be a Good Swapper, and decide whether this is the right place for you to play.

Then, fill out and send the form at right (NOT the tab on the left side), and WAIT. Don't email me, or leave comments, asking if you've secured a spot! I will look through the applications once sign ups have closed, and approve those who are in good standing. Priority will be given to applications from my Patreon patrons, and those who have already successfully completed a swap at Mixed Media Club.

Once you have been accepted, you will receive a welcome email that includes more information, including the mailing address and PayPal address. Your name will also be added to an email list that will exist for the duration of this project, which will allow me to send you any updates, and reminders as the deadline for mailing nears.

Sign ups for this swap will close on April 1st, or when I can approve 25 30 participants, whichever comes first.

If you do not receive a welcome message by April 1st, you have not been accepted into this swap. Please do not obtain the mailing address from elsewhere, and send me postcards if you are not an approved participant. I will send them back to you, unswapped!

Swap Packages Received

I've received swap packages from the following participants:

4/1 - Cindy Trobaugh
4/2 - Esta Berman, Susan Adamek
4/8 - Caroline Shervill, Robin Krieger
4/9 - Corinne Stubson
4/11 - Nancy Linkewitz, Beth Laverty
4/12 - Any O'Brien
4/14 - LA Smith-Buxton
4/18 - Julia Simonello, Mary Ann Gross
4/22 - Julia Gronroos, Dena Bliss
4/25 - Delores Rami, Mary Stang, Cynthia Baroni, Shawn Riley, Angela Zacharek, Janet Gray, Valerie Thomas, Barbara Housner, Chelsea Willis, Deb Fischer
4/27 - Amy Jo Garner
4/28 - Colleen Miller, K.P. Berg, Dayle Persons, Debbie Fernandes, Gwen Deighton, Sandi Mueller
4/30 - Kara Deschler

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.

Is this swap US only?
NO! This swap is open to anyone, no matter where you are in the world.

Why do I have to pay so much if I don't live in the US?
Because mailing postcards to from where I am to wherever you are is that expensive.

Where do I send the PayPal payment?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants.

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 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 either used the wrong sign up form, or were not accepted this time. Please do not leave comments or send emails asking if you're in the swap, or why you weren't approved. They will be deleted, unanswered.

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. 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.

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There's always at least one person who asks this. 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 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.

Valentine Postcard Swap

All available spots in this swap have been claimed, and sign ups are closed!

Let's start 2016 with a little love, and do a Valentine postcard swap!

Think hearts and flowers, things you love, and things that make you happy. Design some happy postal love.

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.

How It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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.
  • FOUR small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • FOUR First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards,
    OR $2 via PayPal if you're in the US,
    OR $4 via PayPal if you're in Canada,
    OR $7 via PayPal if anywhere else in the world.

Swap packages and payments must arrive before February 1st, 2016. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out, and add one of my own. 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 four postally used postcards with messages on them in the mail.

How To Request a Spot

All available spots in this swap have been claimed, and sign ups are closed!

Before you consider doing a swap at Mixed Media Club, you should read How To Be a Good Swapper, and decide whether this is the right place for you to play.

Then, fill out and send the form at right (NOT the tab on the left side). I usually check the requests once a day, and accept those from people in good standing, who have not pestered me about their sign up status, or left comments asking about things already answered in the FAQ.

Once are accepted to join, you will receive a welcome email that includes more information, including the mailing address and PayPal address. Your name will also be added to an email list that will exist for the duration of this project, which will allow me to send you any updates, and reminders as the deadline for mailing nears.

Sign ups for this swap will close on January 15th, or when the swap list reaches 25 participants, whichever comes first.

If you do not receive a welcome message, you have not been accepted into this swap. Please do not obtain the mailing address from elsewhere, and send me postcards if you are not an approved participant. I will send them back to you, unswapped!

Swap Packages Received

As envelopes arrive, I'll post here, to let you know that your postcards have arrived in good shape.

12/31 - Cindy Trobaugh
1/8 - Corinne Stubson, Caroline Shervill
1/9 - Esta Berman-Price
1/11 - Rebecca Ronco
1/14 - Livia Hajovsky, Kara Deschler
1/19 - Beth Laverty, Mary Anne Gross
1/21 - Junanne Peck, Dena Bliss
1/22 - Mary Stang, Lori Northon
1/23 - Deb Fischer, LA Smith-Buxton, Amy O'Brien
1/25 - Angela Zacharek, Dolores Raml
1/26 - Susan Adamek
1/27 - Amy Jo Garner
1/28 - Louise Foster, Valerie Thomas
1/29 - Ann Doyle, Pam Parker, Sandra Mueller
2/1 - Cindi Baroni

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.

Is this swap US only?
NO! This swap is open to anyone, no matter where you are in the world.

Why do I have to pay so much if I don't live in the US?
Because mailing postcards to from where I am to wherever you are is that expensive.

Where do I send the PayPal payment?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants.

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 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 either used the wrong sign up form, or were not accepted this time. Please do not leave comments or send emails asking if you're in the swap, or why you weren't approved. They will be deleted, unanswered.

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. 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.

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There's always at least one person who asks this. 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 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.

Winter Postcard Swap

Sign ups for this swap are now closed.

We have just enough time to do one more postcard swap before the end of the year.

This time, we're swapping WINTER postcards, so think snow and mittens, hot chocolate and warm fires. Please note that this is not a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa swap. Let's keep those cards non-denominational, and suitable for participants of all backgrounds.

How It Works

Send me an envelope containing the following:

  • THREE handmade postcards with your original, FLAT mixed media art on the front, and a little 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.
  • FOUR small address labels with your mailing address on them.
  • FOUR First Class US stamps, NOT attached to the postcards,
    OR $2 via PayPal if you're in the US,
    OR $4 via PayPal if you're in Canada,
    OR $7 via PayPal if anywhere else in the world.

Swap packages and payments must arrive before December 11, 2015. Packages that arrive after that date will be returned to the sender, unswapped.

Once I receive all the postcards, I'll swap them out, and add one of my own. 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 four postally used postcards with messages on them in the mail.

How To Sign Up

Sign ups for this swap are now closed.

Before you consider doing a swap at Mixed Media Club, you should read How To Be a Good Swapper, and decide whether this is the right place for you to play.

Then, fill out and send the form to the right (NOT the tab on the left side). I usually check the sign up requests once a day, and accept those from people in good standing, who have not pestered me about their sign up status, or left comments asking about things already answered in the FAQ.

Once are accepted to join, you will receive a welcome email that includes more information, including the mailing address and PayPal address. Your name will also be added to an email list that will exist for the duration of this project, which will allow me to send you any updates, and reminders as the deadline for mailing nears.

Sign ups for this swap will close on November 13th, or when the swap list reaches 20 participants, whichever comes first.

Swap Packages Received

As envelopes arrive, I'll list them here. Please don't email or leave a comment asking if your swap materials have arrived!

11/9 - Terri Young
11/13 - Esta Berman-Price
11/16 - Corinne Stubson, Valerie Thomas
11/21 - Cindy Trobaugh, Beth Laverty
11/23 - Susan Adamek, Pam Cook
11/25 - Caroline Shervill
11/27 - Amy Jo Garner, Mary Ann Gross, Barbara Housner
12/1 - Deb Fischer
12/2 - Dena Bliss, Dolores Raml
12/3 - Kara Deschler
12/7 - Cindi Baroni
12/10 - Lori Northon

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 document you’ll receive when you sign up.

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.

Is this swap US only?
NO! This swap is open to anyone, no matter where you are in the world.

Why do I have to pay so much if I don't live in the US?
Because mailing postcards to from where I am to wherever you are is that expensive.

Where do I send the PayPal payment?
That information is in the welcome email, sent out to approved participants.

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!

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 either used the wrong sign up form, or were not accepted. Please do not leave comments or send emails asking if you're in the swap, or why you weren't approved. They will be deleted, unanswered.

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. 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.

Do all my postcards have to be the same design?
There's always at least one person who asks this. 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 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.