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Onaki
03-07-2021, 04:33 AM
Swap due date: May 7th, 2021.
Signup/Withdraw date: Any time as long as they reach me by May 7th, 2021.
Number of cards: 3, 6, or 9.
Number of players: Unlimited.
Medium: HD/HP (Hand Drawn/Hand Painted) Only.

Theme:
Create your hand drawn art using ballpoint pen ink only. (It can be solid colors or multiple colors.) This is free themed so you can draw anything you'd like- no matter what your artistic levels are, everyone is welcome to join.

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE MAKING YOUR CARDS.
Requirements:
- Please make sure they reach me before the swap due date.
- Cards are required to be the standard ATC size (2.5"x3.5"). No gems, googly eyes, embellishments that are plastic, raised, or bulky cards; please keep them as completely flat as possible.
- Please don't leave your ATC backgrounds plain white. Add something in the background even if it's a solid color.
- Please write your account name and the swap on the back of each card. (Do not send cards that you did NOT create yourself.)
- A host card isn't required, but if you do send one it'll be appreciated and treasured!

When mailing:
- Private message me for my address when you're ready to mail out your swaps.
- Each card must be in a plastic sleeve or a cut 9-card sleeve to hold them all. (I will return the 9-card sleeve with your returns.)
- Send a large return address label printed clearly/legibly and not in cursive. If you do not have sticky labels, then please write in LARGE PRINT your address on a blank label sized piece of paper.
- Do NOT send me any envelopes, I will provide them. If you do send me envelopes, I will know you didn't read the requirements and send your swap cards back to you.
- Postage requirements.
* USA participants: Please include 2 Forever Stamps, a Two Ounce Forever Stamp, or 1 Forever Stamp + additional ounce stamp for your returns. (The heavier your cards are, please include more postage or you risk it returning to you with postage due.)
* INTERNATIONAL participants: Please include 1 USA GLOBAL stamp (or 1 USD) (I also accept PayPal payments if you do not have either one.)


Participants list:
1: Onaki
2: Mrs.Alderman (Received 4:3)
3: Blueangel (Received 4:3)
4: Karch (Received 4:3)
5: Mushu (Received 4:3)
6: Kentuckydakota (Received 4:3)
7: plumhill2001 (Received 4:3)
8: SunkissedJellybaby (Received 4:3)
9: BekahStargazing (Received 3:3)
10: aginghippychic (Received 4:3)
11: PandaCookie (Received 3:3)
12: TrinaLD (Received 3:3)
13: Lorna (Received 4:3)
14: CraftyRaffe (Mother 4:3 / Daughter 4:3)

Mrs.Alderman
03-08-2021, 12:30 AM
Please sign me up!! I would love to play!!

Onaki
03-08-2021, 03:26 AM
Added you to the swap! :)

plumhill2001
03-08-2021, 05:57 PM
Lurking! :)

Can they be drawn on colored paper?

Onaki
03-09-2021, 03:27 AM
Sure, they can be drawn on colored paper.

Lorna
03-12-2021, 04:05 PM
Lurking until they are done...

Blueangel
03-14-2021, 11:09 AM
I would like to join, please.

Karch
03-14-2021, 04:50 PM
Sign me up please.

Mushu
03-15-2021, 10:58 PM
Sign me up please.

Onaki
03-16-2021, 03:00 PM
Welcome to the swap Blueangel, Karch, and Mushu! Happy to have you! :)

zilliah
03-16-2021, 09:35 PM
These are always fun! Lurking with intention :)

kentuckydakota
03-21-2021, 01:05 AM
I saw from your directions that the background needs to be filled in. Can you show an example of how that would be done with ball point pen? I’m thinking of trying these but want to make sure I understand. Thanks.

Onaki
03-21-2021, 03:09 AM
It can be anything in the background as long as it's not completely white. Example would be your display picture with the checkered background. :)

Mushu
03-21-2021, 02:40 PM
Here are my first two cards. I'm new to the ballpoint pen medium. The pens I picked out got some little ink blobs. I am going to experiment with more pens that write smoothly.

kentuckydakota
03-22-2021, 12:58 AM
Those look great! I think I got the idea. Let me try a couple and I’ll be back if they work.

zhouzhou
03-23-2021, 02:53 PM
Lurking for now...

TrinaLD
03-23-2021, 09:16 PM
I'm probably in, but I need to make cards before I commit. I love, love, love working with ballpoint pen.

kentuckydakota
03-23-2021, 11:57 PM
Please add me to the swap. Thank you.

plumhill2001
03-28-2021, 11:41 AM
Please sign me up! Finished my cards this morning and I'll try to get pics up.
I'll need your address, so I'll PM you. :)

aginghippychic
03-28-2021, 01:17 PM
lurking

SunkissedJellybaby
03-28-2021, 01:34 PM
I'd like to sign up please. I have 2 cards done so far.

plumhill2001
03-28-2021, 05:54 PM
Here are my cards. :)

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Onaki
03-28-2021, 07:10 PM
Welcome to the swap kentuckydakota, plumhill2001, and SunkissedJellybaby.

kentuckydakota
03-29-2021, 03:27 PM
Plumhill2001, those are so great! Nice line work!

Here are my cards. Winging their way in the mail after today.

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SunkissedJellybaby
03-29-2021, 03:41 PM
Here is my set

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/49230/small/1_ballpoint1.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/49230/small/1_ballpoint2.jpg
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/49230/small/1_ballpoint3.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/49230/small/1_ballpoint4.jpg

They'll be going in the mail shortly

kentuckydakota
03-29-2021, 04:48 PM
Fantastic! Love all those emotions!

BekahStargazing
03-29-2021, 05:24 PM
Ooh this type of swap is my jam. I'm lurking for now but if I can fit in some ballpoint pen art time I'll be joining eventually!!

plumhill2001
03-29-2021, 10:17 PM
KD, love yours, too! That little fairy in a teacup is darling! :)
And SunkissedJellybaby, fantastic faces!

BekahStargazing
03-31-2021, 04:03 PM
Okay I am definitely going to join now! Quick question: can we have two colors of ballpoint pen on the same card? Or are you looking for more a single color for each card?

Blueangel
04-06-2021, 10:17 AM
My cards are going out in today's mail.

plumhill2001
04-06-2021, 10:56 PM
Mine haven't arrived yet? I think I mailed them on the 29th. :eek:

BekahStargazing
04-07-2021, 06:15 PM
Finished mine! Pleased with how they came out!
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kentuckydakota
04-07-2021, 07:35 PM
Ooh! Those are super!
Love how bright red that mushroom turned out. And the cupcake looks delicious!

kentuckydakota
04-07-2021, 07:37 PM
Did anyone else have a four color ball point pen they used? We have lots of those laying around. The swap didn’t mention green so I didn’t use it, but it was sure handy having all those colors to work with.

plumhill2001
04-08-2021, 10:59 AM
Finished mine! Pleased with how they came out!
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These are fabulous! You're great at cross-hatching (and hatching!)! :) I love the dark area behind the mushroom. I just end up making everything dark. Don't know when to quit. :laugh:

BekahStargazing
04-08-2021, 11:41 AM
I definitely feel you there, plumhill2001! It was really hard to keep the lightness in the gradients of the water of the lily pads card, and behind the mushroom haha. I don't usually know when to stop. So this medium limitation was a great exercise in restraint for me!

And kentuckydakota, thank you so much!! <3

yellita96
04-08-2021, 02:07 PM
Lurking only because I have to finish another's swap cards, but as soon as I am done I will sign up

Onaki
04-09-2021, 06:41 AM
Welcome to the swap BekahStargazing!
You can use any color you want. I only named off the basic ballpoint pen colors, but any should work.

Plumhill2001 I quarantine all mail for up to a week before I open and rate- solely because of the plastic sleeves of the cards. I'm sure it's in the pile! :)

aginghippychic
04-09-2021, 07:43 AM
You can use any color you want. I only named off the basic ballpoint pen colors, but any should work.



This makes me so happy! I have one of those pens kentuckydakota mentioned but mine has 6 colors. I'd love to see what I can come up with. Please sign me up.

Onaki
04-09-2021, 07:56 AM
Welcome aginghippychic!

I altered the swap requirements to be more clear.

aginghippychic
04-10-2021, 09:35 AM
Here are some cards I came up with after several failed attempts. This medium proved way more challenging than I anticipated! I hope these are okay.
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plumhill2001
04-10-2021, 10:07 AM
Here are some cards I came up with after several failed attempts. This medium proved way more challenging than I anticipated! I hope these are okay.
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Those are great! My favorite would have to be the gnome! :)

BekahStargazing
04-10-2021, 01:25 PM
Here are some cards I came up with after several failed attempts. This medium proved way more challenging than I anticipated! I hope these are okay.
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Love the tuxedo cat with the hearts, oh my gosh!! Lovely cards.

kentuckydakota
04-10-2021, 03:35 PM
Such a delicate touch with the shading! Those are amazing, and I love the whimsy of that little gnome!

John K
04-11-2021, 02:58 PM
Do we need to only use the simple ball point pens or can we use Pentels

PandaCookie
04-11-2021, 11:53 PM
Please add me! I'd love to join!

Onaki
04-12-2021, 12:48 AM
@John K Ballpoint for this swap. :)

Welcome to the swap PandaCookie!

BekahStargazing
04-12-2021, 03:38 PM
My cards went into the post box today!

TrinaLD
04-21-2021, 11:46 AM
Please sign me up. My cards are nearly finished and will be in the mail by Monday.

Onaki
04-21-2021, 06:04 PM
Welcome to the swap TrinaLD!

TrinaLD
04-21-2021, 06:24 PM
Question about the postage to include. You say to send either 2 forever, 1 2 oz forever or 1 forever plus 1 extra ounce. Since these are strictly ballpoint, wouldn't a regular forever be enough? Just checking on this. Thanks. I'll have my cards out the door by Friday.

Onaki
04-21-2021, 06:37 PM
Some people send in their cards on heavy cardboard backed cards. All my swaps I require 2 forever stamps, a 2 ounce forever stamp, or a forever stamp with an extra ounce stamp. You can send one forever stamp if you'd like but if it reaches you with postage due or gets returned to me for the same reason, then I'll have to ask for more postage. I try to avoid that by putting the requirements I ask for- for postage. :)

TrinaLD
04-21-2021, 07:31 PM
Thanks, Onaki, I just wanted to check! Sending my cards on Friday!

Lorna
04-22-2021, 05:23 AM
I am almost done so it is safe to sign up. I will post them to the thread later.

PandaCookie
04-26-2021, 05:22 AM
Done! Will be sending out in the morning! Ballpoint pens are harder than they look! Definitely give props for those artists that make detailed ballpoint pen sketches!

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plumhill2001
04-27-2021, 11:02 AM
Onaki, it's been a month since I sent my cards. I know you quarantine them for a while, but if my envelope isn't in the pile by now I think I might just need to withdraw. It's only a little over a week before they're due to you.

Onaki
04-27-2021, 12:06 PM
I just finished marking down all the swaps I’ve received for the Galaxy swap and rated them. Your cards are in the pile for this swap. Just now getting to them. They’re safe. No worries.

Onaki
04-27-2021, 03:08 PM
Received cards from:
- Bekahstargazing
- Karch
- Plumhill2001
- SunkissedJellybaby
- Kentucky Dakota
- Blueangel
- aginghippychic


Leaving iTrader now for everyone I received cards from!

CraftyRaffe
04-27-2021, 08:16 PM
Joining this one. Sent a PM :)

TrinaLD
04-29-2021, 04:52 PM
I just don't get this mail situation. CA to NV and CA to AZ takes longer than CA to PA. I hope the cards arrive in time and that's why I mailed early.

Onaki
04-29-2021, 05:26 PM
I sent a priority flat rate box to a friend only two states above me, and it took 14 days even though it's usually 2-3 days. The mail system is really something else lately.

Lorna
05-02-2021, 01:46 AM
I was worried that the cards would take too long. They are in Onaki's home town now and should be delivered Monday. My inner fabric designer took over...I hope they are OK since here is what I sent:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP1.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP2.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP3.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP3.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP4.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/1_BP3jpg.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/1_BP4jpg.jpg
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_BP4.jpg

TrinaLD
05-02-2021, 11:13 AM
Lorna, I'm in Northern CA as well and mine are who knows where. This mail thing is really driving me nuts. I just hope mine arrive in time. I've set my mailing times far earlier than I used to because of this. By the way, those cards are really nice.

Onaki
05-05-2021, 03:16 AM
Waiting on 6 sets of cards still. I'm hoping them reach me soon, I don't mind waiting a bit longer for them. I've had a package sitting in California for the past week and it still hasn't arrived here yet. Not sure what's going on with the mail system but they need to either hire more help or figure out what's going on.

TrinaLD
05-05-2021, 12:13 PM
Danged mail. A set I mailed on the same date (4.22) finally landed in AZ. Other sets mailed on the same date made it across the country in only a few days. I surely hope my set arrives in time. I agree with you about the mail. I've moved up my mail by dates on my logs by more than a week so that I try to mail no later than 2 weeks before the trade date and still, ... Grrrr.

Lorna
05-05-2021, 07:03 PM
The tracking shows the cards are in Onaki's mailbox. I hope so! Sorry TrinaLD it is taking so long :( ...

Onaki
05-06-2021, 01:42 AM
Today's mail came in!
Received cards from:
Mushu, TrinaD, PandaCookie, Lorna, and CraftyRaffe.
Waiting on 1 more set of cards and then I'll swap out!
Was getting really worried about them... whew!

TrinaLD
05-06-2021, 10:24 AM
I'm so glad that they finally arrived! Looks like several sets were in the same holding station.

Onaki
05-06-2021, 08:15 PM
It seems so. Even the package that was stuck in California showed up yesterday too. I'm glad they're safe though!

Onaki
05-11-2021, 01:27 AM
Received cards from Mrs.Alderman, all cards have been received now!
I'll be sorting out cards this evening and let everyone know when they're mailed out!
Thank you so much for joining! :)

Onaki
05-11-2021, 08:35 AM
All of the swap returns have been popped into the outgoing mail slot for this morning's mail pickup! And will be flying out to everyone today! :jiggy:

kentuckydakota
05-14-2021, 06:14 PM
Hot Diggidy! :jiggy:

BekahStargazing
05-15-2021, 01:51 PM
Mine got here so quickly! Got cards from:
plumhill2001
CraftyRaffe
Karch

Thanks Onaki for hosting a great swap!

plumhill2001
05-15-2021, 06:13 PM
Great ballpoint masterpieces arrived today! Thanks to Mushu (Zen garden), Crafty Raffe (Windy day) and Karch (porpoise)! Great job, everyone! Thanks for hosting Onaki! :) Off to give points.

aginghippychic
05-16-2021, 01:35 PM
I received my returns yesterday. Thanks to all!

kentuckydakota
05-19-2021, 02:38 AM
I received my returns and will send out my loves right away. Than you to amazing artists Lorna, sun kissed jellybaby, and Blueangel
And of course, our super host Onaki. Fab swap! Let’s do it again some time!

Blueangel
05-20-2021, 08:36 AM
Thanks for a great swap! I've received my beautiful returns and have left feedback.

Lorna
05-25-2021, 02:08 AM
Got my returns - all are lovely! Thank you to Karch, PandaCookie and TrinaLD. Huge thanks to Onaki for hosting the swap!