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I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - April

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I ♥heart♥ Mail Art - April
Swap Coordinator:Justene (contact)
Swap categories: Paper Goods  Miscellaneous  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:146
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.95 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:April 9, 2012
Date items must be sent by:April 23, 2012
Number of swap partners:1

Welcome to I ♥heart♥ mail art - April!

Who doesn't love to receive a lovely decorated envie in their mailbox? This swap is for all those who love to display their art on the outside of envelopes for the world to see and enjoy!

So go grab your ink, paint, markers, pens, pencils, charcoal, stickers, glitter, glue, fabric, tape & imagination and get busy! Decorate that envie!

Each swap participant is to decorate one envelope for one partner.

Please put your best effort into this --- send something you would LOVE LOVE LOVE to receive!

It's always nice to check out your partner's profile for ideas on likes/dislikes – but it is sender's choice.

Minimum envelope size is standard greeting-card sized envelope (approx. 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches (16.5cm x 11.5cm), however, anything larger is even better!

To make this swap extra-special, include a small goodie tucked inside the envie ....maybe a postcard, some stationary, your favorite poem or recipe....anything you think your partner will enjoy. You can also check out your partner's profile for a small special item you know they will love --- it's entirely up to the sender.

You will have two weeks to create and send your mail art envie.

The key is to be creative.....let your imagination fly & your inner artist shine!

Please include a note inside the envie indicating the swap name, and your Swap-Bot user ID.


● Must be rated a 4.95 or better

● Open to newbies (unrated swappers) with a well filled-out profile --- this is your opportunity to get some great ratings (and beautiful artwork)!

● No 1s or recent / unexplained 3s

I am truly hopeful everyone who joins will honour their swap and not flake on their partner. However, I will angel any and all flakers, once you have rated them a 1.

If you have any questions, please PM me.



50DaysOfSummer 03/12/2012 #

the envelope on top is amazing. I saw that one before and tried to create a similar one :D It's so pretty :)

emrajr69 03/24/2012 #

Hi Justene. I hope you received my envies for the WTA. I'm looking forward to this swap.

jul1v1a 03/26/2012 #

This swap was great fun. I am ready to send mine out tomorrow and look forward to receiving my treasure in the mail soon. Wonderful idea! Thank you for putting it out there. jul1v1a

Michele1025 03/26/2012 #

This might be a silly question but, is the art on the outside of the envie I will be sending?

Justene 03/26/2012 #

@Michele1025 : yes! Decorate (with all your heart!) the entire outside of the envie you are sending! :)

Ivonne 03/27/2012 #

Hi :)

any restriction by the post office on the decorations of the envelopes? Like maybe gluing some elements etc?? If you have experience with this please let us know. Thanks!!

Justene 03/27/2012 #

Hi @Ivonne As long as there are no loose parts flapping around and everything is glued down well, there should be no problem. I use all different kinds of elements in my mailart....just be sure to secure everything down well so that it won't get caught in any of the sorting machines, etc. For example, loose string would not be a good idea. :) Enjoy!

Ivonne 03/28/2012 #

Hi Justene!

Thank you!! Ill keep it in mind. Ill wait and watch for a while :) Is there anywhere where I can see samples of the swap once its over?


naughtybino 03/28/2012 #

I made my very first mail art for the March swap and was so pleased with myself! My partner lives in Estonia, so she probably hasn't received it yet, but I am so excited to see what she thinks about it! I am happy there is another one for me to join. =)

Justene 03/29/2012 #

Hi @naughtybino Yay! So happy you are enjoying the mailart swaps! I am completely and thoroughly addicted to making mailart! It seems an inner artsy monster has been unleashed! :) Thanks so much for joining in! :)

berryfaerie 03/30/2012 #

Wonderful swap idea!

pedal2u 03/31/2012 #

I have done one of these before and it was so much fun to do.

oceanna 03/31/2012 #

Just wondering if beginner level artists are allowed. I really want to do some mail art and create something my partner will love but I am not a brilliant artist and do not want to disappoint.

Justene 04/ 1/2012 #

Hello @oceanna I'm so happy you're considering joining my swap! Absolutely YES! Beginners are welcome! The beauty of mailart is that anything you consider art IS art! This swap is wide open as far as theme (anything you want) and using any and all mediums you want. I love to mix ink, paint (acrylics, sprays, watercolours), plus collage, embossing, etc. Whatever strikes your fancy! The entire envelope does not have to be COMPLETELY covered, but there should be some artwork / decoration on both sides of the envie. Feel free to let your inner artist shine! A naked envie is a very unhappy envie --- so just have fun with it! :)

MegaShark 04/ 3/2012 #

I am needing to drop from this months swap :( I have 3 other swaps I am doing and feel this may be a little much for me right now. I will be back for may's swap though :)

Justene 04/ 3/2012 #

@MegaShark Hope to see you back in May! :)

LINBUR0100 04/ 4/2012 #

Can someone tell me where everyone is getting the gorgeous decorative tape they are using? I received an envelope from the Netherlands for another (non-mail art, even) swap, and it was decorated with the most gorgeous "international postmark" clear tape. It was the width and thickness of packing tape, but was absolutely gorgeous. I know where to get fancy duck tape, and even some of the "washi" paper tape, but I can't figure where they are getting the beautiful packing style tape...

fawnscrafts 04/ 4/2012 #

I got some small tape off of Ebay. Look up decorative tape. The cost was pretty reasonable for me, and I am a cheapskate.

fawnscrafts 04/ 4/2012 #

I love these swaps, I wish there was a blog or something where we could all put the mail art we receive. I have received some beautiful work.

I cannot join this one. I am going to be gone and cannot take the chance of something going wrong. It did on the last trip I just got back from and I do not want to have to worry again.

ViridianMuse 04/ 5/2012 #

I really enjoyed the first round! Those who might want to see what I sent out can go here: This is what I sent last time

creativetempo 04/ 6/2012 #

LINBUR0100... I got some neat colorful packing tape at Michael's Arts&Crafts. I think they might still carry it. It was in the dollar aisle I believe!

Lollie2639 04/ 6/2012 #

Ive just sent my items for my first two of five required swaps for newbies. Now to focus on this one....WOW this is going to be sooooo fun. Whoever my partner is will love my envie...I hope!!!

FarStarr 04/ 9/2012 #

If anyone is interested, there are quite a few groups on Flickr loaded with wonderful eye candy!

Mail Me Some Art Envies

Fun and Creative Envelopes and Packages

Good Mail Day

Mail Art

Welcome aboard!!!

Willmi 04/ 9/2012 #

hi, im begginer, im lost! im join in the swap, but i need someone explain to me!

Justene 04/ 9/2012 #

Hello @Willmi I sent you a private message to explain how Swap-Bot works and some of the site etiquette....hope this helps! If you need any further help, please feel free to PM me! Thanks so much for joining my swap! :)

Justene 04/ 9/2012 #

Thanks @FarStarr for the great links to sites with mailart....they're fantastic!!!! :)

NannaPhoebe 04/12/2012 #

These are one of my most fun things to do on swap-bot and are just soooo much fun. Please keep them going.

Justene 04/26/2012 #

@NannaPhoebe Thanks for such a kind comment! UR2Sweet! I'm so happy you enjoy these swaps! I will do my best to keep them coming every month! Thanks for making my day! :)

Bluegirl 05/ 8/2012 #

Hello everyone! This is the link to a post I've just written on this mail-art swap. Come and check it out! http://bluegirlsketchblog.blogspot.fr/2012/05/swap-bot-mail-art-april-le-retour.html

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