Christmas in August!
What is a card swap? A card swap is a fun way to make 7 of the same card, send them in, and get 5 beautiful cards back to use! What's more cheerful than a beautiful rainbow card that uses bright colors? This is a brand/vendor non-exclusive swap. You may use any product, current or retired, in the creation of your swap as long as you adhere to the current theme. This month's theme is Christmas in August. Get a head start on your Christmas cards! You may use any product, current or retired, in the creation of your swap as long as you adhere to the current theme. I am will be creating a special blog post on my website featuring some of the cards from this swap. If you would like your card featured, please send an extra card (8 instead of 7) for me to use in the blog post. If you have a website you would like me to link to, please include that in the info you send with your cards.
- This swap is for 7 CARDs. This is 7 cards all of the same design.
- This is mainly a US swap, however if you are international and are able to purchase enough US postage to send yours back internationally, you are welcome to participate. I can drop it off at a UPS or Fedex dropbox if that helps, but it must be prepaid.
- This swap is brand or vendor non-exclusive. Feel free to use anything in your stash.
- The cards must have at a minimum of 3 layers.
- Please do your very best work, clean cuts, straight layers, evenly stamped solid images.
- DUE TO SIZE OF GROUP PARTICIPATING, ONLY ONE SWAP MAY BE SUBMITTED.
- A standard “card” is considered a “post card” style 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″. This can be achieved by cutting an 8.5×11 sheet in 2. Either 5.5 x 8.5 scored at 4.25 or 4.25 x 11 scored at 5.5 or some combination of that so that it fits in a standard size envelope.
- All swap cards MUST be in a clear envelope, ready to display upon receipt. This is an example of a clear envelope that I use from Clear Bags http://bit.ly/2mmBf5s. This is so cards do not get mangled. Cards without the clear envelope will not be allowed in the swap. No Exceptions. (If you don't have these envelopes, send an extra $1 per swap and I will put your cards in envelopes. I have extras.)
- Other than the clear envelope, you do not need to include an actual paper envelope. This is strictly a card swap. If you include a paper envelope, you may not get envelopes back in your swaps.
- Include a piece of paper (not attached to the card) with your name and any contact information you would like to provide. Supply lists and details are optional and always appreciated.
- Swap card designs MUST be exclusive to this swap.
RECOMMENDED CARDSTOCK VENDORS:
We have been receiving some cards that are using flimsy cardstock. Here are some recommended vendors to get a nice solid cardstock for your card base.
- Neenah Solar White in 80 lb or even better 100 lb.
- HeroArts cardstock
- My Favorite Things cardstock
- Gina K Designs cardstock
When is my Cards due?
- SWAPS ARE DUE to me NO LATER THAN FRIDAY AUGUST 16, NO EXCEPTIONS. I live in Kentucky so plan accordingly on how long it will take you to mail your swap.
- Any swaps received after that date will be returned unopened.
- Mail them early to avoid last minute stress. Local customers can drop them off at my house.
- Place each individual swap card in a Clear Envelope: ClearBags.com: http://bit.ly/2mmBf5s
- Place cards in a gallon sized zip lock bag. IMPORTANT: Mark your NAME on each bag.
- You MUST include a SELF-ADDRESSED, POSTAGE PAID Return Envelope or Box, tracking number. Flat Rate Priority envelope is recommended, you can use click and ship labels on USPS.com. ***DO NOT require that your package be signed for.****
- ADDRESS WILL BE PROVIDED IN PRIVATE FB MESSAGE
- For local customers in the Lexington, KY area, you may drop your swaps off instead of mailing them, but you must include the postage paid Return Envelope or Box, or you may pick it up from my home.
I have a facebook event page where you may go to “mark” that you will be attending. Here is the link to the facebook group event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/377453116460524/ If you have not participated in any of my swaps before and do not have the address to send your swaps in, please fill the form out below and you will be emailed the address. You will also be given access to my Resource Library where I store all of my tutorials as well as my weekly newsletter.
I’m excited for the swap. Let me know if you have questions. If you can not participate in this swap but want to be alerted to future swaps, join our Card Maker – Card Swap group on facebook.
Want to see examples of our past card swap? Visit this blog post from our Sympathy Card Swap Show and Tell