Lawn Fawn: Tutorial and….glitter!?!
Yes, oh MY! How on earth can OWH have a glitter tutorial, you ask? Well…..I’m here with the scoop! And the card uses a stamped image from our fabulous friends at Lawn Fawn.
Oh wait. Did you notice, over at the Lawn Fawn blog – a $50 Gift Certificate is up for grabs! W00t!!!
Okay. Now back to the glitter tutorial.
First, the reason for the ‘no glitter’ rule
Glitter can make our heroes’ uniforms visible to night vision goggles, and we don’t want to get anyone killed! Our desires to make our cards sparkle MUST come after their needs to stay alive – and though we do send cards to some locations where that isn’t a problem, we send to many where it could be, so we just don’t allow any loose glitter in any box of OWH cards. We also can’t be taking time to sort out which have glitter and finding other places to donate, packing them up, sending them off, etc – so we are not able to use them at all.
As well, if you include one card with glitter flaking off of it in your box – your entire box may be contaminated by that one card. If our shippers have time, they’ll vacuum out a box to try to get rid of stray sparkles, but if you picture how many boxes they go through daily, that’s not much of an option. So please triage your box BEFORE shipping it to make sure one card won’t make your entire package unusable.
The story behind the guideline
In writing the guidelines on our site, I used to say only – NO GLITTER. Seemed clear enough to me. But I got (and still get) hundreds of emails every year telling me…
- “MY Stickles doesn’t flake off, are you sure I can’t use it?”
- “My glitter pen never comes off, why are you so strict?”
- “It’s not a card without some sparkle!”
- “But I seal in my glitter, it isn’t going anywhere!”
- “What about the papers with glitter in them?”
I tell ya, this many emails can wear a girl down after a while! Sometimes my email box looks like I’m talkin’ with teens. LOL. So…after testing and finding out that some small amounts of Stickles or glitter pen *can* stay put on the card in a few cases, or that sealing them in with Glossy Accents can work, I changed the guidelines to say that SOME sparkly products that stay put MAY be ok if they don’t flake off the card. Then my email looks like this instead:
- “I’m confused. You say no glitter, then glitter is ok. Which is it?”
- “What brand of glitter glue is ok?”
- “My shipper emailed that my Stickles contaminated my whole package. You said Stickles is ok!”
That means the “skimmers” didn’t read the whole thing, and surely believed their glitter is ok – without checking to see that it flaked off. Some colors/brands of glitter glues seem to flake more than others, and using it in mass quantities is always a huge problem. But we’re not product testers here at OWH – so it’s up to you to test your own cards out. Rub the glittery part on your sweater – if anything is left behind, that is what is called flaking off.
Example: Just last week, a group sent in a bunch of absolutely darling cards – including a set of cards that had big cupcakes with Stickles all over the frosting. The group read on the website that some Stickles is ok; but they didn’t check how the cards reacted once the Stickles was dry. Glitter had come off all over the cards in the box – and all over the shipper, and other cards on the sorting table.
The easiest solution
Many of you have put away all your glitter of all types, and discovered that your cards actually *are* cute without it! Avoiding glitter completely is the easiest solution if you have any doubts about what is okay and what isn’t.
We’re stuck with a glittery mix in the explanation – and whenever I’m asked for the top 5 guidelines, NO GLITTER is always on the list. I don’t explain the “unless” part except when there’s time and space to do it fully as in this post – and I encourage all of you, as you post on FB and your blogs and twitter for newbies, encourage friends to just avoid glitter entirely unless you, too, want to go through the same long explanation.
The hardest solution
This spoof tutorial below is one I did for Oozak (the owner kept trying to find ways to make me use glitter – LOL – the more I fought, the more often the topic came up!)….it addresses one way you CAN use glitter and it will be ok. Ya just gotta be ready to really work for it…*grin* Enjoy!
Now for those of you who follow my blog, you already saw the above tutorial….so here are some more cards for inspiration today using our partner Lawn Fawn’s stamps – Yolanda has a little Stickles sealed in with Glossy Accents on her card:
And this video created for May Arts last month shows another way you can “seal in” the glitter product. (The Sparkly Fluff in the video has a teeny bit of glitter in it, but not as much as straight-up glitter; I’m guessing regular glitter might get stuck to the plastic, so the tutorial could work really badly if you try it with just a tub of glitter.) Be sure you only build up with one layer of dimension, too – because hugely thick cards are also not going to work with cards going through the postal service.
Our kids’ joke for you today:
Why did George Washington sleep standing up? (answer is here!)
And the answer to the joke over on the Lawn Fawn blog: Put him in the front!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial – and that it answered those glittery questions. I’ll be linking this from the guidelines page, and hopefully it’s a much clearer explanation of the details of beglittering cards for OWH!