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Old 09-12-2006, 09:17 AM   #1  
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I have a stamping etiquette question for you all. When you make card packs as a gift (say a dozen cards for various occasions for someone else to give) do you stamp "hand made" on them? These card packs are going to be Christmas gifts and I'm making a dozen for each person but I don't know if the etiquette is to leave them blank or indicate who actually made them regardless of who gives them. What is everyone's opinion on this issue. Leave them blank or indicate on back that I actually made the card or just a simple "hand made" without my name?

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I would probably just stamp the "hand made" on them, without my name.
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I have made a little sticker that I put on the back of my cards that I am giving as gifts which says handstamped by me.
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I sell cards to co-workers and give many away as gifts. On all my cards I always stamp "hand stamped by" and stamp my first and last name.
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I never put my name on the cards, but I do put the stamp required by Stampin' Up.
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I always put the stamp on the back and put my initials or name. It took my time and creativity to make it and I'm proud of what I make. I'm not sure what the reasoning would be for leaving it blank. I would have a problem with someone trying to pass it off like they made it themselves.
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I put my personalized "hand-stamped by" on the back, too. Hey - if Hallmark can brand all THEIR cards, why can't I?
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I always sign my on the back: Just for you by D Hughes - right over a handstamped stamp
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Hey - if Hallmark can brand all THEIR cards, why can't I?
My thoughts exactly! Besides, I find my friends are happier with me signing the back (I generally just take orders from my friends). They like having a "Darci Original" to give. I like the extra polished little touch on the back.
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I put my business card on the back of all of my cards. It has my logo, company name (it's a home-based business...I'm not an SU demo) and my name and email address in the corner. It doesn't say "hand made by" or "hand made for" or anything like that. It's no more or less than what would be on a Hallmark card or any other designer card. That way it's not too personal but it also has contact information if someone wants their own card.
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I put my business card on the back of all of my cards. It has my logo, company name (it's a home-based business...I'm not an SU demo) and my name and email address in the corner. It doesn't say "hand made by" or "hand made for" or anything like that. It's no more or less than what would be on a Hallmark card or any other designer card. That way it's not too personal but it also has contact information if someone wants their own card.
That's a good way to do it and would look very professional.
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I put my personalized "hand-stamped by" on the back, too. Hey - if Hallmark can brand all THEIR cards, why can't I?

Ditto. Actually the first cards I made to sell were to donate for craft sale at work. I did not use SU because I did not have my angel stamp at the time. I left the back blank and I was suprised at how many people got after me to sign the back. When you think of it, any artist's work is not complete without their signature.
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You took the time and love to make these cards. So take the extra time to leave your mark. Make it unique..just like you. Also don't forget to bundle the letters with a ribbon and bow.
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I put my personalized "hand-stamped by" on the back, too. Hey - if Hallmark can brand all THEIR cards, why can't I?
ABSOLUTELY. I echo the sentiments above. Every artist signs their work. You need to too!
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I have to agree. I *always* use my personalized 'Hand Stamped By' on the back of every single card I make. Whether it's a single card to express a sentiment or a group of cards as a gift. I'm proud of my creations and consider giving them as a gift a very special thing. Any artist signs their art work after all, right?!
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Remember those old commercials for Hallmark where people were always sneaking a peak at the back of the card? I used to just sign my initials on the back before I was a SU demo (kind of like an artists signature), but now I use a "hand stamped by" stamp because I never know if I could get a potential customer that way. I know a lot of folks who still sneak that peek at the back
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I have to agree. I *always* use my personalized 'Hand Stamped By' on the back of every single card I make. Whether it's a single card to express a sentiment or a group of cards as a gift. I'm proud of my creations and consider giving them as a gift a very special thing. Any artist signs their art work after all, right?!
Here here I totally agree I usually sign my first name and then the year below it. After all aren't we all artists if you know what I mean?

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I do the hand stamped thing and sign my name. That's what I would reccomend.
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Sign your name/stamp the back. The gift of your time and effort is part of your present. I think it makes the gift more special.
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I have a stamping etiquette question for you all. When you make card packs as a gift (say a dozen cards for various occasions for someone else to give) do you stamp "hand made" on them? These card packs are going to be Christmas gifts and I'm making a dozen for each person but I don't know if the etiquette is to leave them blank or indicate who actually made them regardless of who gives them. What is everyone's opinion on this issue. Leave them blank or indicate on back that I actually made the card or just a simple "hand made" without my name?

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I've always been told when making something you should put your name on it!

So I had a Stamp made to say:
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I usually add the month and the year on it also.
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Old 09-26-2006, 04:27 PM   #21  
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Oh yeah! definately stamp or sign the back of them. I do a little hand drawn heart combined with my initials and the month and year...
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