View Full Version : Night Landscapes, HandDrawn/HandPainted~Due Feb 3

12-05-2019, 05:21 PM
Swap due date/withdrawal date - Feb 3
Signup date - Jan 27
Number of cards - 3 for 3
Participants - unlimited
Medium - Hand drawn/hand painted

https://mail.google.com/mail/e/1f31f Night Landscapes https://mail.google.com/mail/e/1f31f

The days are getting shorter and shorter as we approach the winter solstice - where I live, it's dark well before I leave work. Let's take a look outside and draw some of the darkness: for this swap, we'll create landscapes at night.

Landscape Guidelines:

Each card needs to have a different nighttime landscape.
The landscape can be any type you like - a remote mountain, a spooky forest, a stormy ocean, a country farm, the street where you grew up, a big city, a fantasy mushroom forest, an alien planet, etc.
If you love to draw night skies, it's fine to have most of your card be sky, as long as there's a bit of landscape at the bottom.
Any style is fine - your landscapes could be realistic, cartoony, abstract, etc. (If you use really abstract colours, just make sure it still feels like night.)
If you want to include people or animals in your landscapes, make sure they're small and not the focus of the card.
If you've never tried it before, starting with black paper (or painting your card black) can be great for nighttime scenes.
No plain white backgrounds - this is nighttime!

Card Guidelines:

Cards must be entirely hand-drawn and/or hand-painted.
On the back of the card, add both your username and real name (please include both! It makes the swapping/rating process much less complicated). You can also add a title, swap name, date, and any other info you want to include.
Make sure your cards are 2.5" x 3.5", and are made from sturdy paper. (If you can easily bend it into a "U", it's too floppy.)
As always, I'll do my best to swap effort for effort.
Host cards are very appreciated but never necessary!


Please PM me for my address when you're ready to mail your cards. I live in Canada, so give your cards plenty of time to arrive - most mail from the USA takes about business 5 days, but it occasionally takes longer.
To be safe, it's best to mail at least 2 weeks before the deadline if you're outside Canada.
Put each of your cards in a plastic sleeve and secure them inside the envelope, either by taping them together or taping them to a card/piece of paper.
Include a large, clearly written address label with your address, including your country. (You can send an envelope if you prefer, but don't attach postage to it unless it's Canadian postage.)
Important note about returns: mail from Canada typically takes about 2 weeks to arrive internationally (which includes mail to the USA). It can occasionally take significantly longer, more like 4-6 weeks - if you join the swap, make sure you're ok with potentially waiting this long! The cards will still arrive safely despite any delays.


Canada: include a permanent domestic stamp.
USA: send $2 via Paypal to cover postage (preferred). Alternatively, you can include a global forever stamp - the round one that looks like a succulent. (I can use these in other swaps.) Please don't send any other type of postage (eg domestic stamps or mitered postage). Don't attach your stamp to an envelope!
International: sent $3 via Paypal to cover postage (preferred). Alternatively, a USA global forever stamp works (I can use these in other swaps). If neither of these options works for you, PM me and we can figure out something else.

Confused about postage? Please PM me or post in the thread.

When you've finished your cards, post them to the thread to show them off!

Once you've receive your returns, remember to leave iTrader for the host (that's me!) and "You Rock"s for your swap partners. If you're new to swapping on AFA, I'm happy to explain how this works.

0. zilliah
1. redplantlady - received!
2. aginghippychic - received!
3. KaHeD - received!
4. artbymee - received!
5. LindaP - received!
6. snager - received!
7. derakisu - received!

12-05-2019, 08:06 PM
Lurking. Lurking in the night.

12-08-2019, 01:24 AM

12-08-2019, 04:12 AM
Lurking :)

12-08-2019, 08:38 AM
Oh yes please!

12-08-2019, 04:08 PM
Welcome redplantlady, hope you lurkers will be able to join us :)

12-15-2019, 06:08 AM
Lurking for now.

12-15-2019, 09:42 PM
Hope you can join wolfpax3 :)

12-16-2019, 11:56 AM
Lurking!! I LOVE night skies <3

12-16-2019, 06:40 PM
Me too! Hope you have some time to join in the new year :)

12-16-2019, 08:47 PM
Lurking for now...I can't predict where my head'll be in the next month...

12-17-2019, 06:40 PM
Hopefully the new year is kind to you and you're able to join :)

12-18-2019, 03:16 PM
Hi Zilliah, I'll join your nighttime landscape swap please.

12-18-2019, 05:45 PM
Great, welcome to the swap aginghippychic!

12-26-2019, 11:11 AM
Sign me up, please. I still have a few days left of Christmas break before I have to get back to my 5th & 6th graders. I don't think I've done night scenes for ATCs before. New is always good!

12-26-2019, 04:10 PM
I'm going to lurk for a few days.

12-27-2019, 11:33 PM
Welcome to the swap KaHeD, and hope you're able to join us, TrinaLD!

12-29-2019, 11:22 AM

12-30-2019, 04:34 PM
I'm going to try this. Please sign me up. I know I'm signing up rarher late, but I will have them finished in two weeks, for sure.

12-30-2019, 06:36 PM
Sign me up please. This looks like a fun swap!!

01-01-2020, 01:21 AM
Would these be all right as the base night sky - they are smooshed Distress Oxides on watercolour paper, flicked with white paint?

01-01-2020, 03:47 PM
Great, welcome to the swap artbymee and LindaP! Hope you're able to join us Jean!

Donnacr those will be gorgeous night skies! Just add a bit of landscape and it will be perfect for this swap :)

01-04-2020, 12:13 PM
Happy Saturday! I finished my cards for the Night Landscapes swap. Here they are:
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01-05-2020, 01:29 AM
Wow, those are lovely aginghippychick! The lamp post reminds me of Narnia :)

01-07-2020, 07:07 PM
Lovely effect donnacr!

01-07-2020, 07:30 PM
Here are my 4... (3 plus Hostie)212333212334212335212336

01-07-2020, 08:24 PM
Found a free app to change the pdf to a jpg! The real scratchboard cards look much sharper though.

01-08-2020, 01:25 PM
Wow, both sets of cards are so cool! Great job!

01-08-2020, 02:16 PM
Just a note about my mailing address - I'll be moving in mid February, so I've added a note to my signature about my new address. For those of you who have already mailed, don't worry! I'll still have access to my current address until well after the due date for this swap, so I'll still be using my old address for this swap :)

01-11-2020, 08:27 AM
FYI, I mailed my cards after school on the 8th!

01-13-2020, 02:54 PM
Cards have arrived from artbymee! Thanks for the hostie :)

01-14-2020, 01:13 PM
KaHeD, your cards are here! Thanks for including a hostie :)

01-14-2020, 03:28 PM
i've been wanting to do some more of those white mountains and also I still have one left! so i'm gonna lurk

01-15-2020, 04:46 PM

here ya go guys!
These plus the last one I made from the last set, which has hand-painted gauche stars whereas these have salt sprinkled on (really rewarding stuff tbf)

Putting in the mail today!

01-15-2020, 05:54 PM
They look great, adding you to the swap now!

01-16-2020, 05:56 PM
aginghippiechick, your cards are here! Thanks for the hostie :)

01-17-2020, 08:23 AM
Lurking until my cards are done, which should be this weekend. I'm from Canada too so I should be okay with the deadline. *fingers crossed*

01-17-2020, 01:00 PM
Excellent, hope you can join us! You should have plenty of time - I find mail within Canada only takes about a week most of the time :)

01-19-2020, 03:41 PM

My cards are done ! I should be able to drop them in the mail tomorrow.

01-20-2020, 02:57 PM
oh my god that purple dragon cloud thing IS AMAZING

01-20-2020, 04:05 PM
Wow, those are great derakisu! I'll add you to the swap :)

01-21-2020, 11:13 AM
Thank you snager and zilliah. I had a lot of fun coming up with these little scenes. I'm partial to the dark evil one.

01-21-2020, 04:08 PM
Hoping my cards make it soon!!! These cards are so neat that everyone is posting!

01-22-2020, 01:48 PM
I'm keeping an eye out for them, LindaP!

Snager, your cards are here!

01-22-2020, 01:54 PM
If any lurkers are still intending to join, reminder that the deadline is in about a week and a half, and the deadline to join is Monday! I'd suggest mailing cards this week if you're international, and next week if you're in Canada. Hope some of you can join us :)

01-24-2020, 08:25 AM
Dropped the cards in the mail yesterday. ^_^

01-24-2020, 08:58 AM
Starting to get worried about mine.. it has been 14 days now!!!

01-24-2020, 09:56 AM
So sorry I have had my gallbladder out and I am totally crocked so I have to withdraw :(

01-24-2020, 03:44 PM
LindaP - 2 weeks from the states is relatively normal, sometimes things get held up at the border for indefinite amounts of time. I wouldn't panic just yet - we still have a while before the due date, and I don't mind waiting a few days past the deadline if your cards haven't arrived yet. I check the mail every day, and I'll let you know as soon as they get here!

That said, things do get lost in the mail every so often. If you want to really make sure you can participate, there is just enough time before the deadline that you could make a second set of cards and they'd probably get here on time! If your first set arrived, I could just return the extras :)

redplantlady - replied to your PM :)

01-25-2020, 01:07 PM
Here are my cards, unfortunately, although I did 3 for 3 and a hostess card, I cannot find the bottom pic with the moonbeam anywhere so will have to send hostess underwater goody pics instead, so sorry :( I have had brain freeze since my op!

01-25-2020, 05:42 PM
I think I may just paint another set.. if they both make it.. then I have sent in 6! Lol...

01-26-2020, 04:38 AM
Argh. My small motor skills aren't where I'd like them to be, artwise. I'm going to pass; haven't managed anything I'm willing to put my name to yet. Everyone's cards are looking fabulous though! What a great swap!

01-26-2020, 03:42 PM
redplantlady - no worries, your cards look great! I'll let you know when they arrive :)

LindaP - sure, just let me know if you get a 2nd set in the mail. I'm afraid I don't do 6:6 swaps unless more than 10 people sign up, so I'll return your extras if both sets of cards arrive. (But if you have a preference for which cards you'd like me to swap vs return to you, just let me know!)

Jean - sorry to hear that, that sounds frustrating! Hope you can join next time :)

01-30-2020, 02:30 PM
derakisu, your cards are here! They're great, and thanks for the hostie :)

Only 2 more sets of cards left to arrive!

01-31-2020, 05:00 PM
redplantlady, your cards are here! Those arrived faster than I expected! Thanks for the extras you sent :)

02-01-2020, 11:36 AM
Hoping one of my sets show up quickly!! I hate they haven't made it yet.

02-01-2020, 02:56 PM
Fingers crossed! It's stressful, but I'm sure they'll get here soon, and I can definitely wait a bit past the due date.

02-10-2020, 06:06 PM
LindaP, your cards are finally here! Both sets arrived today, so I'm not sure what happened there.

I'll be swapping the cards around in the next few days, and getting them in the mail right after. I'll let you all know when returns are on the way!

02-10-2020, 07:47 PM
I was so worried!!! I cannot imagine why they took so long!!

02-12-2020, 11:00 PM
Sometimes mail seems to get held up at the border for...unpredictable amounts of time. Probably 90% of the time it's not an issue, but it does happen every so often, and there's no real rhyme or reason for it :/

02-14-2020, 09:10 PM
Returns are in the mail! Please let me know when they arrive, and remember to leave iTrader for your host (that's me) and "you rock"s for your swap partners. (I don't have internet in my new house yet, so I'll be leaving iTraders for all of you in a few days )

02-22-2020, 02:45 PM
I received my cards today, Feb.22. Thank you to artbyme, Linda P, and redplantlady for lovely cards, and to zilliah for hosting!

02-22-2020, 03:58 PM
Yay, glad to hear they arrived so quickly! Thanks for joining :)

02-24-2020, 08:26 PM
I got my beautiful night landscape cards today! Thanks to all!

02-26-2020, 01:30 PM
Lovely landscapes, thanks so much and for the fab hosting! :) Great topic.

02-26-2020, 02:26 PM
My wonderful night scapes came in.. so nice! Thank you to all!

02-26-2020, 04:01 PM
Wonderful, glad to hear they arrived safely!

03-01-2020, 11:39 AM
Received my cards ! Thank you zilliah, aginghippychic, LindaP and snager for wonderful returns !

03-04-2020, 02:04 PM
Is anyone still waiting for their returns?