When you upload to your gallery?

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Posted 6/20/2013 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 6/20/2013 11:12:57 AM
How much do you 'regularly' include in terms of explanation about your upload?

Note! There are no wrong answers & no 'correct' way--far as I'm concerned.


As my years of uploading have increased, I'm a bit more apt to provide more info on what I've done to create the piece. That said, I have also used more 'shorthand'. For example: I'll say I masked or fussy cut, etc. without going into detail about those techniques. I figure many of us who are regularly doing our message board have some idea about what those terms mean.

Also. In my comments, I don't get specific about brands & such. I'm apt to share that an image is from 'So&so's line' or that my PP is from 'XYZ'. When it comes to ink? With few exceptions I go 'generic'--dye ink, pigment, solvent, etc.. I rarely get into specific colors I've used.

Since many of my uploads get linked to our forum's threads, I often use the thread to add or answer questions from others.

OK. That's my start. Your turn.

ETA: If you'd like to link examples for how you write your comments? Please do! I may try to find some of mine that reflect this topic.

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:05:48 PM
I usually include the supplies/tools I used such as stamps, embossing folders, inks (including color unless it is black, dies and stuff like that.

I don't usually talk about the process much unless it is "of interest," and not something totally basic. I know that within a few months of starting papercrafting I could look at many cards and know how they did some things just by looking and not know other things. I try to keep that in mind.

For example, I would not explain how to use an embossing folder, or how to sponge distress ink over a piece of cardstock or any technique that I think is basic. Listing the supply is good enough for that.

But I would probably mention that I used a scissor to manually fringe the edge of a piece of paper, or mention the name of a technique that someone could then google, or I might explain the process in detail if it was something unusual like Daria's Layered stencil technique.

I recognize that there are all sorts of reasons that people don't include information that I do, and that is okay, even if it sometimes drives me crazy that there is no description at all


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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:23:07 PM
Here's some of my gallery pieces that relate to this topic. They range from my first upload (which I did add info to) to later ones where I was more forthcoming in terms of info...

With goldfish bowl, I included more info, but didn't use shorthand like 'fussy cutting'.

Creepy Clown Tag added a bit more info. It's my swapmate 'Beady's favorite

And one more.... In this case I did not add info. Instead, I added a larger version of the piece via 'edit'.

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/20/2013 12:41:23 PM
LOL, Heidi! Like you, I can 'understand' no description, but still drives me crazy (crazier?)

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/20/2013 5:31:01 PM
Oh yes things have changed Daniel! I was stamping 12 years before the Internet was available for purchasing stamping products and online stamping forums. Until then I thought everyone stamped on white paper like I do. Now I still have a hard time knowing if a stamp artist has hand colored a detailed image or used a paper piecing technique or a digital colored image. After several embarrassing experiences I have learned to no longer offer a comment if the poster does not inform me what I am looking at.

As for my gallery posts I try to focus mostly on a general description of what is probably unknown to most viewers and may be unclear by the photo alone. I agree with Heidi...I find it sufficient to say I used xxx technique or embossed with XXX EF (embossing folder). I generally don't share specific color names. Although this WSW I felt several folks were looking at specific distress colors and ink combinations so I shared the names.

I am always happy to respond if a Pea sends a PM asking for more details.

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Posted: 6/21/2013 9:46:32 AM
Terrific posts, Heidi & Jan!

Like Jan & many others, my stamping predates the web & more. That said, it took me a while to realize that I could use my gallery to save more than just the image. My upload comments could be a way to jog my memory about what I had done when the project was under construction. I know I'm not the only one who's ever looked at one of their older projects & said "How the heck did I do that?!"

Another thing 'upload comments' does relates to part of Jan's post... Although I may have some difficulty discerning the whats & hows when I hold someone's project in my hands, it's almost impossible to tell from just a picture--no matter how great the scan/photo is.

BTW, Jan? Thanks for your 'gatefold heart' idea for 'creepy clown'. That's a terrific suggestion.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 6/21/2013 5:21:09 PM
I usually give a detailed how-to with all my gallery uploads.



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Posted: 6/23/2013 7:36:14 PM
I don't put a lot in my gallery upload but I always include a link to the corresponding blog post which usually has quite a bit of detail and often a video.

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