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Foxglove
04-30-2018, 10:40 AM
Swap Due Date: June 30
Sign-up/Withdraw Date: June 15
Number of Cards: 3:3
Number of Participants: 12
Media: HD/HP, Collage with, Mixed Media. No Digital or chunky embellishments please.

This swap is about Negative Painting, which, at it's basic, is defined as painting the space around the object, rather the object itself. Part of the beauty of Negative Painting is that it's a forgiving style of painting for both the novice and the experienced artist. I will add photos so you can see an example of what I am talking about, or feel free to google the term.

Here's how you do it:
~Paint a random background (mixed media/collage artists can also include paper as part of the background.)
~Sketch or stamp your focal image. Don't worry if you feel like you can't draw - draw a wonky star, lopsided heart or stem with leaves....whatever you like!
~Paint the space around the focal image so that it stands out. This may take several colors or layers to make it look interesting, but that's it!

There are a ton of videos out there, but typically the watercolorists use 2-3 lighter colors in their backgrounds, and will build up to darker colors outside the focal image. Mixed media folks - go wild! Use papers and vibrant colors, background stamps, stencils, scribbles, splatters and splotches as part of your base layer.

CARD GUIDELINES
~Cards must be 2.5x3.5 inches and be sturdy (not limp or floppy.)
~May be portrait or landscape in orientation
~Completed cards must be in a protective sleeve
~Because the focus of these cards is the negative painting, embellishments aren't necessary, but if used, they must compliment the card, not compete with it. Quotes or relatively flat gemstones are okay, but I don't recommend adding rickrack, diecuts, foam shapes, etc... Ask if you're unsure of anything!
~No white-spaces unless it's part of the focal image (ie, daisies, snow on a snow-capped mountain) and use more than just two colors. It won't be very interesting to look at if you just use one color for the base and one color for the 'outside' part of the painting.
~If able, please post photos in the thread so we can all admire it!
~Because this is a limited swap, returns will be random, however I will make every attempt to swap effort for effort. This means a watercolorist may receive a mixed media card in return. If you have concerns, please feel free to PM me!

MAILING GUIDELINES
~This is a limited swap because I am a first-time host. If you think you won't have time to make the cards or the deadline, please let me know so that I can open up your slot to someone else.

~I will be an on-time hostess, so plan accordingly when mailing your cards, especially for those outside the US.
~Please write your AFA name on the back of your envelope so it's easy for me to see who I received cards from.
~Please include a forever stamp (if within the US) or a US dollar (if outside the US) and a mailing address label with your name clearly printed. I will provide the return envelopes. For those outside the US, I will cover the return postage for the first two non-US players.
~Hostie gifts are not required, but will be cherished.

I will give out iTraders when I receive your cards. When the Player receives their return, please give an iTrader to the host (me) and You Rocks to the artists of the cards they received.

Mixed Media Negative Painting Example (by me): 194868
Watercolor Negative Painting Example (by me): 194914
Mixed Media art journal (acrylics, spray inks, archival inks, stencils) 194916

Now, who wants to play?

1. CreativeK (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1973712#post1973712) Rec'd
2. Prex79 (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1978682#post1978682) Rec'd
3. AmySi (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1978591#post1978591) Rec'd
4. Karenr (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1969170#post1969170) (Returns cov'd) Rec'd
5. Marie (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1975781#post1975781) - Rec'd
6. Pouringdiva (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1975955#post1975955) - Rec'd
7. Xela7072 (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1969348#post1969348) - Rec'd
8. Ann_stebbing (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1970998#post1970998) - Rec'd
9. NYJunkie (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1974109#post1974109) - Rec'd
10. Bastcrystal (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1970926#post1970926) - Rec'd
11. TherapeuticArt (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1970730#post1970730) Rec'd
12. Bluesky (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?35260-Negative-Painting-HandDrawn-HandPainted-Mixed-Media-Due-June-30&p=1969954#post1969954) - Rec'd

Greenpengirl
04-30-2018, 06:35 PM
Interesting. Never tried negative painting but I’m always excited to try new things. Sign me up to play please.

Foxglove
04-30-2018, 07:03 PM
Awesome, thank you for joining! :jiggy: As you're the first of the non-US players, I will pay for your returns. :D

prex79
04-30-2018, 08:51 PM
Please sign me up! I've seen some inspiring videos on YouTube.

Foxglove
04-30-2018, 08:58 PM
I'm so happy you joined! :jiggy: Thank you!

roadbike831
04-30-2018, 10:47 PM
would you kindly sign me up?

Thanks

Drm

Foxglove
04-30-2018, 10:56 PM
Welcome, Roadbike831! Happy to have you with us!

trini70
05-01-2018, 03:42 PM
Lurking, but I don't think you'll have any problem filling up. This is an interesting theme.

Foxglove
05-01-2018, 04:00 PM
Thank you! And I hope so - I hadn't seen a technique swap quite like this, so I hoped it would be interesting and appealing to most everyone.

karenr
05-01-2018, 05:07 PM
This sounds very interesting and I love your example! Please sign me up!

Foxglove
05-01-2018, 05:11 PM
So happy to have you! Edited to add that your are my second International, so I will pay for your returns!

JavaZarf
05-01-2018, 07:23 PM
lurking
not sure i have enough skillz to do this

Foxglove
05-01-2018, 08:01 PM
Lurkers welcome, but you don't need mad artsy skills for this! :) Trust me, I don't have any skill either, but somehow it still comes out looking nice!

Edited to add an example of a watercolor I just did. (Not the best example...I was a little too heavy with the water...)
I laid down a light layer of blue and brown. Once dry, I sketched the top three leaves and trunk, then painted the card around the sketch in a darker layer of blues and browns. Then I sketched more leaves, waited for it dry, and then laid down another layer of blues and browns outside the leaves and trunk.
194915

And finally, this is an art journal spread. I layered acrylics, went over the top with spray inks through stencils and background stamping with household items and archival inks. I then outlined a silhouette and a butterfly stencils and went around it with the black acrylics. The other page with the flowers and butterfly was just me doodling. Hopefully this will give a better idea of the variety of ways a person can use the negative painting technique.
194917

Marie
05-01-2018, 11:10 PM
Brilliant theme! I’d love to play!

Foxglove
05-02-2018, 06:07 AM
Welcome, Marie! Glad you could join!

pouringdiva
05-02-2018, 11:02 AM
YES PLEASE. I am so excited to play in this one!!!!!

Foxglove
05-02-2018, 03:09 PM
Welcome, Pouringdiva! Glad you could join!

xela7072
05-02-2018, 03:52 PM
Please sign me up! This will be a fun challenge.

Foxglove
05-02-2018, 03:55 PM
Yay! Happy you're joining, Xela7072!

Foxglove
05-02-2018, 11:14 PM
Haha, have to share this. I did a watercolor negative painting...it was *supposed* to be a piece of coral in the ocean. My oh-so-funny significant other took a look and thought it looked like some kind of abstract, a twisted vase, crater on the ocean floor erupting... When I told him what it was, he studied it a moment, then proclaimed: "Well. I got the ocean part right."
:twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy:
Everyone is a critic. :huh:

ann_stebbing
05-03-2018, 05:09 AM
Sound like a good opportunity to really play. Sign me up please.

Foxglove
05-03-2018, 06:58 AM
Welcome! Glad you can join!

NYJunkie
05-03-2018, 08:50 AM
I'd love to join...please.

bastcrystal
05-03-2018, 09:01 AM
This one is intriguing. May I join?

bastcrystal
05-03-2018, 09:06 AM
Haha, have to share this. I did a watercolor negative painting...it was *supposed* to be a piece of coral in the ocean. My oh-so-funny significant other took a look and thought it looked like some kind of abstract, a twisted vase, crater on the ocean floor erupting... When I told him what it was, he studied it a moment, then proclaimed: "Well. I got the ocean part right."
:twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy::twitcy:
Everyone is a critic. :huh:

oh that is funny! Sounds like something my ex might have said. lolol

Foxglove
05-03-2018, 09:06 AM
Absolutely! Welcome, Bastcrystal and NYJunkie!

Foxglove
05-05-2018, 01:57 PM
Bump. There are two slots left! Anyone want to join?

TherapeuticArt
05-06-2018, 07:31 PM
I think I would like to try, may I join??

Foxglove
05-06-2018, 08:06 PM
Absolutely! Welcome aboard!

Bluesky
05-06-2018, 08:09 PM
I'm in.

CreativeK
05-06-2018, 08:35 PM
If there is still room, I'd like to join!;)

Foxglove
05-06-2018, 09:13 PM
Welcome, Bluesky!

CreativeK, you are number one on the waitlist. If anyone needs to drop out, you will be able to take their slot.

Just a gentle reminder to everyone - if for some reason you feel like you are not able to do this swap, please let me know so I can offer your position to someone on the wait list. Thank you!

CreativeK
05-06-2018, 10:45 PM
Thank you! Happy to be on the wait list!;)

pouringdiva
05-08-2018, 12:30 PM
I think I am going do some paint pours. I am just waiting on my Color pressed watercolor paper to come in so I can do a practice run with colors.

Foxglove
05-08-2018, 01:06 PM
That'll make for an interesting background!

AmySi
05-09-2018, 08:48 AM
Oh no! Didn't realize the max was 12. Can you add me to the waitlist too?

My first cards on this site were negative paintings :)
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/39484/small/1_IMG_20170507_201625_kindlephoto-974584010.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/39484/small/1_IMG_20170513_221120_kindlephoto-1233282940.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/39484/small/1_IMG_20170714_204634_kindlephoto-50105688.jpg

Foxglove
05-09-2018, 11:00 PM
Awesome cards, AmySi! You are number two on the wait list. If for some reason a slot doesn't open up, those would snatched up quickly in a personal trade!

TherapeuticArt
05-12-2018, 09:53 AM
Fun Saturday morning! I got my cards done, will PM for address to mail them!

Foxglove
05-12-2018, 10:07 AM
Lovely cards!

bastcrystal
05-13-2018, 05:39 PM
I've watched a bunch of videos on UTube on Negative Painting and got some great ideas.
I should be done in a couple days. In the meantime here is my first card:
https://flic.kr/p/JZdDNb

bastcrystal
05-13-2018, 05:41 PM
Well, just noticed that looking at my card I need to fix the quote because I can't tell what it says. I'll repost after I fix it. Sorry about that.

Foxglove
05-13-2018, 06:31 PM
I saw it before you took it down - fabulous card!

bastcrystal
05-13-2018, 06:35 PM
Here's the corrected card:
https://flic.kr/p/HtsmBX

Foxglove
05-13-2018, 06:50 PM
Lovely!

ann_stebbing
05-14-2018, 04:45 AM
I took old backgrounds, drew on them and painted round/added background.
195188

Foxglove
05-14-2018, 06:34 AM
Beautiful cards!

TherapeuticArt
05-14-2018, 06:53 PM
Nice cards Ann Stebbing!

Foxglove
05-18-2018, 05:04 PM
Mail call! I received beautiful cards from Xela7072! :jiggy:

Greenpengirl
05-19-2018, 06:24 AM
So sorry but I am going to withdraw from this swap.

Foxglove
05-19-2018, 11:41 AM
Thank you for letting me know! I hope to see you in a future swap!

CreativeK, I will move you up. AmySi, you are now #1 on the waitlist!

Foxglove
05-19-2018, 03:08 PM
Mail call! I received gorgeous cards from TheraputicArt!

Foxglove
05-22-2018, 07:45 PM
Mail called! Awesome cards arrived from ann_stebbing!

Foxglove
05-25-2018, 03:15 PM
Just checking in - how is everyone doing? :)

Marie
05-26-2018, 11:31 AM
I have one card almost done.... but the image seems too vague? Not sure I’m going about this right... :-/

Foxglove
05-26-2018, 12:22 PM
I'm sure it's perfect, but if you're able, you can post a picture. :wubclub: Negative painting is painting/coloring the area outside of the main image so the main image stands out.

pouringdiva
05-27-2018, 02:54 PM
My backgrounds are done just need to decide what my theme is going to be.

Foxglove
05-27-2018, 03:43 PM
I can't wait to see what you make!

bastcrystal
05-29-2018, 11:21 PM
Here are 2 cards for the swap. I'm really enjoying this. Can't wait to finish my cards.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/155614952@N07/shares/9zG405

CreativeK
05-30-2018, 12:47 AM
I'm doing great, just finished my cards and will post them tomorrow after work.

Foxglove
05-30-2018, 06:44 AM
Lovely cards, Bastcrystal, and can't wait to see them!

Just a friendly reminder that cards are due in a month!

CreativeK
05-30-2018, 11:41 PM
Had fun putting this together last night, hope you like ;)

Marie
05-31-2018, 12:20 AM
Super pretty CreativeK! I’m especially swooning over the tree! These are all lovely!

Foxglove
05-31-2018, 06:38 AM
Stunning, CreativeK! I love them all!

TherapeuticArt
05-31-2018, 07:09 PM
Love them CreativeK!! Very nice!

NYJunkie
06-01-2018, 04:52 PM
Here are the cards I made for the swap. I hope they are ok. I used rubber stamps and painted and drew around them.

Foxglove
06-01-2018, 07:33 PM
Those are gorgeous, NYJunkie! And yes - these fit the theme perfectly!

bastcrystal
06-03-2018, 12:50 AM
I took old backgrounds, drew on them and painted round/added background.
195188

Great cards ann!

bastcrystal
06-03-2018, 12:53 AM
Here are the cards I made for the swap. I hope they are ok. I used rubber stamps and painted and drew around them.

Gorgeous cards, my favorite is purple lady...

Foxglove
06-04-2018, 05:28 PM
Mail call! Beautiful cards arrived from CreativeK!

We are getting a little closer to swap time! A reminder that if you know that you won't be able to complete this swap, please let me know so that I can offer that slot to the person on the waitlist. Otherwise, I can't wait to see what the rest of you have created! :jiggy:

Bluesky
06-04-2018, 06:01 PM
Mailed today

Foxglove
06-06-2018, 08:17 PM
Mail call! Karenr, your gorgeous cards have arrived - they are perfect!

karenr
06-06-2018, 08:31 PM
Thank you Foxglove, I wasn't sure! :jiggy:

Marie
06-08-2018, 10:35 AM
The end result kind of looks like a batik? Iím finally starting to like what Iím seeing!
Is this the idea?

196144

Foxglove
06-08-2018, 11:58 AM
Marie, that is beautiful! That is perfect!

Marie
06-08-2018, 01:43 PM
Yahoo! Thanks Foxglove! Thanks for the encouragement!It took me a while to catch on to this technique… :-)

bastcrystal
06-09-2018, 12:33 AM
Here are the last 2 cards for the swap.
https://flic.kr/p/27CjQXh
https://flic.kr/p/27XBLnh

I'll be mailing them thus weekend.

Marie
06-11-2018, 07:24 PM
196240

196241

196242

Foxglove
06-11-2018, 08:29 PM
Bastcrystal and Marie - those cards are awesome! I can't wait to see them in person!

Mail call - NYJunkie and Bluesky, your lovely cards are here!

prex79
06-11-2018, 08:52 PM
Marie, those are gorgeous! I absolutely adore the elephant, but all 3 are amazing!

Marie
06-11-2018, 09:57 PM
Thanks prex! I think I’ll be using this technique again. :-)

Foxglove
06-11-2018, 10:50 PM
Thanks prex! I think I’ll be using this technique again. :-)

Yay! This makes me so happy! I wanted to introduce a fun technique that anyone can do, and hoped people would maybe add the technique to their creative repertoire! :cute:

A little less than 3 weeks to go! How is everyone doing? Friendly reminder that if you don't think you will be able to send me the cards by the due date, please let me know ASAP so the person on the wait list can have the chance!

Marie
06-12-2018, 01:13 PM
You’ve succeeded! :-)

pouringdiva
06-12-2018, 02:44 PM
dropping my set in the mail today

Foxglove
06-16-2018, 08:22 PM
Mail call! I received awesome cards from Pouringdiva and Marie! Gorgeous cards! Thank you!

I just wanted to update everyone on something - I have an unexpected trip that I have to take on 29 Jun and will be gone during the first week of July. The last day I can check mail is the 28th. If I can get the rest of the cards in by then, I can have them swapped out and returned to you all before I have to leave. If not, then the returns will need to wait until I return. I'm so sorry - this was unexpected, but it's only two days before the original close date.

So there is a little less than two weeks to go! Please let me know if you are unable to make it by the due date so I can open the spot up to the person on the wait list. Thank you!

Foxglove
06-18-2018, 10:57 AM
Everyone has sent in awesome cards for this swap, and I think they deserve to be shared - once I get all the cards in, I would like put up a card from each player in the Swap Gallery. Is there anyone who would prefer their cards not be shown?

Foxglove
06-18-2018, 06:33 PM
Mail call! Bastcrystal, your beautiful cards have arrived! :jiggy:

TherapeuticArt
06-18-2018, 07:53 PM
That is a nice idea, I am fine with my art going up on the swap gallery!

Marie
06-19-2018, 10:58 AM
Fine by me. :-) I love eye candy!

roadbike831
06-19-2018, 12:10 PM
I almost let this slip! even after are PM's Fox, but going to work on some today and have them
mailed out tomorrow or even today.

roadbike831
06-20-2018, 12:51 PM
Okay Here are my 3, plus a Mystery Card (not shown) for the host! Foxglove!

196579

One is of a simple Tic Tac Toe Game

One is a Bike

One is of a "Disc Golf Basket"

Just a note: I could of used lighter Paints or colors to make the Images stand out more. Never done Negative Painting
before.

I am mailing these 3 out today, plus a Mystery Card for the host.

Hopefully they should get there by Monday

AmySi
06-26-2018, 08:43 AM
I'm so glad you could squeeze me into this swap! Mailed my cards yesterday morning, so hopefully they arrive in time :)

Marie
06-26-2018, 09:31 AM
Welcome Amy! I’m so glad you got in! I know you were hoping! :jiggy:

prex79
06-26-2018, 05:25 PM
My cards are in the mail. I used neon colors, so they didn't scan very well. I tried tweaking them, but the color is WAY better in person:
196769

196770

196771

196772

Marie
06-26-2018, 07:08 PM
Very pretty prex79!

TherapeuticArt
06-26-2018, 07:24 PM
Great work Prex!!

Foxglove
06-27-2018, 09:15 PM
Gorgeous cards, Prex!

Nothing today - fingers crossed that they come in tomorrow!

CreativeK
06-27-2018, 11:32 PM
Prex79,

You always Rock your swaps! Love your style girl! My favorite in your set is the fish! :jiggy:

Foxglove
06-28-2018, 06:31 PM
Hey all! I am so sorry, but I did not get the last two set of cards, so unfortunately, I will not be swap the cards out until July 8, but they will be mailed in the 9th. I hope this isn't too disappointing, but I think you all will enjoy your returns

prex79
06-28-2018, 07:26 PM
Sorry all... I was hoping they would miraculously make it :(

TherapeuticArt
06-28-2018, 07:33 PM
I dont mind waiting!! Good things are worth waiting for, ya know?

Marie
06-28-2018, 07:36 PM
It is what it is! Just makes the excitement last longer. :-)

Bluesky
07-05-2018, 09:58 PM
No worries.

Foxglove
07-08-2018, 03:02 PM
Hello, everyone! I am back and have received the last sets of cards! :jiggy: I will be swapping cards out today and will get your returns in the mail tomorrow. I apologize for the delay, and I greatly appreciate your patience!

prex79
07-08-2018, 03:17 PM
Welcome back :)

TherapeuticArt
07-08-2018, 08:09 PM
Yay!!

Foxglove
07-08-2018, 09:22 PM
Okay everyone! The cards have been swapped and the envelopes sealed. I will take them to the post office tomorrow!

Swapping cards was harder than I expected! I tried my best to make sure people didn't get the same theme (like 3 flowers) or the same color scheme, but I'm not sure I was entirely successful.

What I ended up doing was taking one card from each participant, gently mixed the cards, and then 'dealt' them out (after making sure no one received their own card back!) So everyone has one card that was swapped totally randomly. I am interested in feedback on this - I plan to do this for my next swap too, but may end up making the one random card a hallmark of swaps I host. I appreciate your thoughts on this though. Good idea? Bad? Any thoughts and critiques you have on this swap is appreciated - I want to keep hosting swaps, so I want to make sure I work out any bugs and keep the good. Did that make sense? Haha.

As you all receive your cards, please consider making a post to say you received your returns and please do leave a You Rock for those who made the cards you received. I made this easy by hyperlinking their name in the first post, so you won't even have to comb the threadsfor their name. Easy peasy! Also, I will keep a tally on who received cards by the iTraders, if received, and/or a post in the forum. This way, I will know when to close out this swap and archive it. Thank you all for being so awesome in this swap! I am SO eager for you all to open up these envelopes! :jiggy:

prex79
07-12-2018, 05:56 PM
Super thrilled with my returns. Thank you to Marie, TherapeuticArt, CreativeK, and especially Foxglove!

Foxglove
07-12-2018, 06:46 PM
Yay! That was super fast! So glad you're happy! :jiggy:

Marie
07-12-2018, 10:51 PM
My cards have arrived! Thank you to Creative K, Xela 7072 and prex 79! And a special thank you to Foxglove for being such a wonderful host and for the extra card :-) it’s beautiful!

Marie
07-12-2018, 10:56 PM
CreativeK I got Your lovely tree and I am thrilled! Iím not allowed to leave you rock points and I have left all the comments I can think of. Please remind me if Iím not able to leave you some rep soon. You absolutely deserve it!

Foxglove
07-13-2018, 06:44 AM
Thank you, Marie, so happy that you like your cards and had fun with this swap!

NYJunkie
07-13-2018, 08:10 AM
I received my gorgeous ATCs yesterday from Prex79 (Love), Marie (Songbird II), and bastcrystal (Persian Proverb). Thanks so much.

A HUGE thank you to our host, Foxglove, for quick returns and an beautiful Poppy Negative Painting. You did a fantastic job with this swap.

AmySi
07-13-2018, 10:57 AM
My fab cards arrived yesterday -- leaving love now!

Foxglove
07-13-2018, 11:13 AM
Thank you! I'm so pleased that you all are getting your returns so quickly, and especially glad that you're happy with your returns!

Foxglove
07-13-2018, 11:10 PM
WHOO HOO! Hey all! Photos from this swap are up in the Swap Gallery now! Go check it out! :jiggy:

bastcrystal
07-14-2018, 11:38 AM
I received my brautiful catds yesterday. Thanks Foxglove for the gorgeous cat. Its absolutely beautiful and one I will treasure along with my cards from NYJunkie (Forest Spirit), Pouringdiva (Heart) and BlueSky (Big Dream). BlueSky I love how you combined collage with Negative Painting. It worked out so well and your color combinations are so cool.

bastcrystal
07-14-2018, 11:43 AM
Okay everyone! The cards have been swapped and the envelopes sealed. I will take them to the post office tomorrow!

Swapping cards was harder than I expected! I tried my best to make sure people didn't get the same theme (like 3 flowers) or the same color scheme, but I'm not sure I was entirely successful.

What I ended up doing was taking one card from each participant, gently mixed the cards, and then 'dealt' them out (after making sure no one received their own card back!) So everyone has one card that was swapped totally randomly. I am interested in feedback on this - I plan to do this for my next swap too, but may end up making the one random card a hallmark of swaps I host. I appreciate your thoughts on this though. Good idea? Bad? Any thoughts and critiques you have on this swap is appreciated - I want to keep hosting swaps, so I want to make sure I work out any bugs and keep the good. Did that make sense? Haha.

As you all receive your cards, please consider making a post to say you received your returns and please do leave a You Rock for those who made the cards you received. I made this easy by hyperlinking their name in the first post, so you won't even have to comb the threadsfor their name. Easy peasy! Also, I will keep a tally on who received cards by the iTraders, if received, and/or a post in the forum. This way, I will know when to close out this swap and archive it. Thank you all for being so awesome in this swap! I am SO eager for you all to open up these envelopes! :jiggy:

Foxglove the random card idea is great. When I used to host I would lay the cards on the table upside down and randomly pull a card for each person. It made it easy to avoid pulling the players card because their name was on the back.

I love the gift card from you, it will be cherished in my personal collection.

bastcrystal
07-14-2018, 12:23 PM
I received my gorgeous ATCs yesterday from Prex79 (Love), Marie (Songbird II), and bastcrystal (Persian Proverb). Thanks so much.

A HUGE thank you to our host, Foxglove, for quick returns and an beautiful Poppy Negative Painting. You did a fantastic job with this swap.

Im so glad you liked my card. I got one of yours as well and I love it!

ann_stebbing
07-18-2018, 04:50 AM
My lovely returns have arrived. A very successful first swap Foxglove. Thank you. It was nice to try something new. Thanks to my artists, Karenr, Pouringdiva and Therapeutic Art. Just off the leave feedback.

Foxglove
07-20-2018, 07:27 PM
Wow. The rest of the cards seem to be taking the slow way. I'm sorry - I am not sure why it's taking so long! :unsure:

TherapeuticArt
07-21-2018, 04:54 PM
Mine finally arrived!! Thanks for a great swap and thanks to Anne Stebbing, Marie and Karenr for wonderful art!!

Foxglove
07-22-2018, 11:01 PM
So glad they made it, TheapeuticArt! Just waiting for the other four. Hopefully they'll arrive soon!

Foxglove
07-26-2018, 05:46 PM
Everyone except Karenr has received their returns - hopefully you won't have to wait much longer, Karenr!

karenr
07-28-2018, 09:15 PM
Finally received my cards, yay! Thank you to xela7072, AmySi, NYJunkie and you Foxglove for the bonus card and being a fabulous host!

Foxglove
07-28-2018, 09:36 PM
Awesome! So glad you are happy with the cards!

Everyone has received their cards! Thank you all so much for playing in this swap and help making it a successful one! I hope to see you all in future swaps! I am now going to request that the mods move this thread to the Closed section. Dont forget to check out the Swap Gallery - I have samples of everyone's awesome cards in there for you to enjoy.