I'm thinking of doing a group swap for Halloween with a "Monsters and Magic" theme for this group. My ideas right now are:
◙ Hand-drawn, hand-painted only with artist grade materials.
◙ Have a rating system for what you want to receive such as (1) keep it cute, (2) traditional monsters, Universal Studios classics etc. preferred, (3) I won't faint at a drop of blood (4) a little gruesome is okay, and, (5) shove your hand in a blender, go on, you can't scare me!!
◙ This will be a curated swap. If anyone wants to join, it will be based on receiving approval after reviewing prior work. Beginner artists and novice ATC traders would not be a good fit for this swap. Experienced artists and traders will not need to worry about getting a stick figure with fangs when they sent out wonderfully made cards.
◙ USA only or international? Thoughts?
I am open to the number of cards made, maybe a 3:3 would be good for the short turn around time if we get this swap going.
I shut down trading about November 15th now. Last year from mid-November to Jan. 5th I had 17 mail art pieces and artist trading card swaps disappear. They never got to me. Some of the ATC swaps I got were slit open. I believe there are a lot of temporary workers in the Chicago mail system over the holidays and they are stealing. It seems they are hoping for money cards / gift cards being sent for Hannukah and Christmas.
Going forward, I am taking a break on trading well before Thanksgiving and waiting until well after New Year to start up again. So if we turn this trade around it will be mailed in October. I am thinking if I send the 3rd week of October, USA traders will get their cards close to Halloween. Let me know if you are interested in the comments below.