Sunday, January 1, 2012

More on Swaps...

I've had several questions about swap talk so I thought I'd answer them here...

Q - What is the difference between a postcard and ATC swap besides the size?

A - Nothing as far as I can see.  You would make a certain number and receive the same back.  I've seen swaps that focus on a particular theme, technique or supply but you could do the same with ATC's so I think other than the larger size they are the same....  So if you like ATC's you'd probably enjoy swapping postcards!

Q - What size is a postcard?

A - This is the "official" size guidelines for postcards from the USPS...

  • Rectangular 

  • At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick 

  • No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick

  • Q - How would we swap die-cuts to make it fair?

    A - Actually quite some time ago I hosted a die-cut swap and the number per person was determined by the size of your particular die-cut.  You'd have to measure your die-cut to determine how many of that particular die-cut you'd need to cut per person.  For example (these are just made up numbers) if you were sending in a 2" or smaller dc you'd cut 6 per person; 3"- 4" = 3 pp; 5"-6" - 2 pp.  

    Q - Can you do 2 swaps at once to save postage?  I'd really like to have a die cut swap and either ATC or Postcard at the same time.

    A - Yes, if there is enough interest in both I sure can. I'm all for saving $'s when and where I can.  I could leave it up to the participants if they'd like to join one or both...

    Q - Can I make multiple charms if we have a charm swap?

    A - Sure, you can make as few as one or's up to you and the time/supplies you have on hand.

    Q - Caroline had a good question...can the die-cuts be just white cardstock so they can be colored as needed?

    A - Yes, I think that would be best so they can be colored to match your individual projects. 

    I think that's most of the duplicated questions...
    I e-mailed the answers to most other questions.
    Hope this helps!


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    2. good info on the die cut details. Would a requirement be that all die cuts be cut from white cardstock? That way we could color/ink as we used them. Or just have it potluck with people choosing cardstock of any color, DP's and chipboard?

    3. Hi Roni, I'm based in Singapore, can I participate? Would love to join in the swap!


    Thanks for your thoughts and comments!