This weeks' tutorial is a brief overview and gentle reminder to all of us to watch our backs...of those cards... that is! It saves our shippers so much precious time and effort when cards arrive at their doors, completed and ready to go out to our heroes! What can we do to make life easier for them? One of the things that can and should be done to every card is stamping the backs with the Operation Write Home logo. . .
If you haven't already done so, go here to request your very own free stamp!
I bought a small acrylic block and mounted my stamp to it permanently, because I use it so frequently, it wasn't worth mounting over and over again. On the same page, you can also find links to the self-inking OWH stamps and official OWH stamp set from Stamper's Best. Oooh, I must have a self-inking stamp some day!
But...what do you do if you do not yet have an OWH stamp?
In the past, I have written "Operation Write Home . Org" on the backs of my cards. I did so on this card because of the dark base. There is a liner inside the card for the hero to write on, but stamping in black on the back of this card was not an option. If you ever do this, don't forget to write the whole name, not just "OWH." Want another idea?
In the past, I have also printed a page of the labels available HERE onto some sticky-back paper (think address labels...) for sticking to the backs of cards... especially the dark ones.
Lastly, it is perfectly fine to sign your own name on the backs of the cards that you make. The lady who made the card above, also added her home town, which I think is fun. I usually just initial mine. It is also okay to add your own "Made by _______." stamp on the backs of the cards.
Don't forget to indicate on your packing slips that you have double-checked all of the cards for the stamps on the backs! Your shippers will love you!
Please do avoid the following:
- Ink that bleeds through the card base, ruining the inside of the card. Try using less or lighter ink. This could also be an indicator that the cardstock you are using for a base is too thin!
- Back fat! Once, I recieved a beautiful donated card with all of the following on the back - a "Handmade by..." stamp with a beautiful signature, complete address and website for the creator, along with an American flag hologram sticker, an angel stamp, and a little "support the troops" ribbon sticker... although it was very beautiful, I found it hard to find a place for the OWH logo and found that all of the rest of the decoration kind of detracted from where the card actually came from.
Thanks for reviewing this refresher course . . . I know that a lot of our card makers are dilligent about the backs of their cards, but if this post can keep some of our cards out of the card hospital, that would be great! Please "Like" , "Share", "Tweet" and 1+ this post to all new friends just getting started with us so that they can watch their backs too!