DIY Postcard Swap 2012 with iHanna

Wanna swap handmade postcards? If you want to swap handmade postcards with me and hundreds of others around the world, please add your address to my newsletter and you will be informed when the next one starts. Thanks everyone who participated and shared this year. You all rock!

It’s time for the annual and very popular DIY postcard swap! I hope you will join us (again or for the first time) and create ten awesome handmade postcards to send out world wide! This is an international swap so everyone is welcome.

To participate this year

This year I’m asking participants to pay a small fee of 6.00$ (6 US dollars is about 40 Swedish crowns). This is of course because it takes a lot of time to arrange this. And I need to do things that are sustainable to my life. If you think it’s too much I will understand. You pay via paypal (use your paypal account or pay with your debit or credit card as a PayPal guest), and once you’ve sent the money to my account you will be directed to a sign up-page where I will need your full name, your full postal address including country (!) and of course a working e-mailaddress (if it doesn’t work I can not send you the 10 addresses where you should send your postcards)!

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Sign up for the swap closes March 9th 2012 – after that you will receive your swap partner’s addresses. You can join the swap until March 9th 2012 (prolonged with 2 days because my site has been down and not accessible – sorry about this!).

Deadline for sending your handmade postcards is during week 11 (12-18 of March – send your cards out any time during that week)! You will not get your addresses until after the Sunday 11th! Thanks.

The DIY Postcard Swap Rules

The rules are simple, but please read these rules and follow through on your part if you sign up. You will disappoint a real person if you don’t send your handmade postcards on time.

1. Join the swap by paying the 6 dollar fee via paypal and then filling in your information on the sign in page! Do this before the 10th of March 2011. In the sign up field please state in this order:

  • full name,
  • postal address,
    including country (!),

2. Make 10 handmade postcards any style, any size but be creative.

And have fun!

Bought postcards are beautiful – but those are not welcome in this swap. Instead try to be artistic with your cards! DIY actually means “Do It Yourself”, and you can experiment with what you’ve got at home. Try collage, mixed media, print your own photos, print digital collages, create flat fabric art, alter an existing postcard from your paper stash (!), paint with watercolors or acrylics, draw a mandala, make a scrapbook style card, embellish, sew, paint, embroider, etc! I’ve got plenty of inspiration under the tag postcards on my blog

3. Document and share what you make! This one is optional, but rather fun too.

Feel free to scan or take photos and write about your process on your own blog or share it in the postcard flickr pool! You don’t need to have a blog to sign up, nor do you need to share but it would be nice if you took the time to be supportive in our creative community (commenting, making extra cards for those who don’t get all of theirs etc). Swapping is about being a part this awesome group of people who loves to swap too! Thanks for visiting other participants, spreading your creativity and leaving encouraging comments etc. Include your email if you want to be contacted/thanked by the receiver (connect with each other!).

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Share the love

Tell your friends! I always get my cousin, mom and a few friends to sign up, why don’t you invite yours too? Spread the word; you’re welcome to link here, share this post on FB, creative groups and forums, via twitter (I’m @ihanna) or write about the swap in your next blog post or newsletter or even add one of the swap buttons I’ve designed to your sidebar (above), linking to this very post! Thanks for helping out and spreading the word!

Also I would love it if you joined my newsletter – in that way I can share upcoming iHanna events with you.

Ready to sign up? Here is the button again:

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What? You don’t have a account? Why on earth not? It’s easy, free and handles payments secure and pain free. Just set one up. Once you have it you can join the swap, and maybe check out my Etsy Shop too? You can also click the button and then choose to pay with your debit or credit card (VISA etc) as a PayPal guest! Easy peasy!

Now, go make some postcards!

PS: In year one we made about 1500 postcards and year two, which was last year, we made 2800 postcards! Maybe a few less will join this year because of the fee, but I know I will be making a whole bunch of new, ready to send handmade postcards very very soon. I love swapping and receiving mail! You?

I will only share your information with the 10 people that will send you postcards. You are not signed up if you don’t include your postal address AND an email address that works. Do not comment with a message saying; “I want to join”. If you don’t hear back from me within two weeks after last sign up date, check your spam folder or contact me again. Thanks.

The Handmade Postcard Resources:

Free printable postcard backsides.
DIY Postcard Flickr Pool – share your photos!
Postcard Inspiration Pinterest Board – what inspires me iHanna