No e-mail address on the back of your postcard? So sorry but I can not help you. If the person sending didn’t add their e-mail to the back of their card I will assume they choose not to do that. Maybe they?re not comfortable sharing it. So I will not give out their e-mail to you.

Send them a silent thank you in your head, that will be enough.

Unreadable e-mail on the postcard? So sorry, but I can not help you with this either. I get this a lot, so I always ask people to clearly print their e-mail on the back of the postcards if they include it at all. It is very hard to read an e-mail address because it often has both letters and numbers intermingled, and if it’s a word or name the receiver is not familiar with, it is almost impossible to interpret what it says. I can not help you with this because again, we are dealing with grown ups here. Write out your? e-mail in a way that is legible and easy to interpret, or not at all. Thank you.

My best advice to all participants is to print a label with your full name, e-mail address, instagram handle, and the name of the swap “iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap spring 2024” for example, and make sure to glue it down firmly!

Note: One of the things I love about sending real art through the mail system is to get away from e-mail for a while, so I don’t think you need to e-mail out your gratitude. But it’s up to you if you do, and it is up to each participant to include an e-mail address on the back of your handmade postcards, and to decide what to do with the ones you get.

I personally try to get back to everyone I get a postcard from, but it has happened that I didn’t get to it at all or couldn’t do it in a timely manner. Life happens, as you all know.

Just remember: a thank you email is nice but it is not mandatory!

This page is part of the Postcard Swap FAQ