Saturday, February 13, 2016

Woodland Postcard Swap

I recently learned that you can send fabric postcards through the mail! I was skeptical at first, but I sent a fabric postcard I made to my friend Lorinda, and she received it perfectly fine! And all for the whopping cost of a $0.35 postcard stamp!!

It was such great news to learn and to test that I thought we should do it on a larger scale!

Let's do a cross-country swap!

Here is how it will work:

  1. I will be accepting sign-ups for this swap until 9:00pm PST on February 29th, 2016.
  2. Everyone will be assigned a swap partner that you will exchange addresses with mail postcards to directly.
  3. All postcards should be mailed by March 12th so everyone should realistically receive their postcard before the end of March.
  4. During this swap all postcards should have a "woodland" theme. Woodland could be leaves, creatures, a quote, or basically whatever you make it. Be creative. You applique, embroider or piece your design. I suggest not attaching buttons, charms or anything bulky/dangly unless you aren't worried about it being lost and just want to test it out. *smiles*
  5. This seems like a silly rule to make, but make sure you create a postcard you would be excited to receive. Of course, you won't be receiving your own postcard, but the other person deserves to be just as excited.
(Neither postcard in this post are woodland themed, so just ignore that minor detail.)

How to Sign-up:

  1. Email me (inanotterlife
  2. In your email please include "Woodland Postcard Swap" in the subject line.
  3. In the body of the message include your mailing address. This will only be shared with one other person in the group...whoever is mailing to you. No one is allowed to trade addresses without the owners permission.
  4. If you would like to participate in a link-up blog post/page please include your blog address. Also feel free to share any other social media use, also verify if you would like to keep them private or if you don't mind them being shared on a link-up page. (For instance, I would share my business page, but not my personal Facebook.)
  5. All email addresses will be kept private and only shared with one other person in the group -your swap partner so the two of you can exchanged mailing address.

How to make a fabric postcard:
You can find a basic tutorial for postcard construction here. I didn't want to go into great detail about design because that is completely up to you!

How to Mail Your Postcard:

  1. After you have completed your postcard be sure to write the word "postcard" clearly on the top or down the center of the back (in the area that separates the message from the addresses).
  2. Take your card to the post office counter and ask for it to be hand-cancelled.
  3. They will place a stamp on the top right corner on the front and need to stamp it with a rubber stamp for the hand cancelling... if need be reassure the postman/woman that its quite alright to put ink on the fabric because this is what it was intended for. :) Then ask if they can put a piece or two of scotch tape across the stamp to help secure it.
I hope you decide to play along and that we have lots of participants. I also hope that this grows and we are able to do this every couple months or so.  Seriously, who doesn't like receiving pretty mail!

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