Sunday 6 November 2011

Just thinking aloud.....

....about whether doing something is totally honest or not - it may even be very enterprising!

A few weeks back I was blog hopping around some of the 'better known' UK crafters' blogs up at the top of the rankings and stumbled across something that rocked me a bit.

I've searched again, although I'm not sure where I read it which doesn't help much, and now can't find the posting. It could well have been removed or changed - certainly what I read seemed quite controversial to me. I can't find the posting as I said, and even if I could it isn't for me to point out who said it but this was the gist of it. The crafter in question produces cards for DTs and I think for magazines as well. And, they use White Tack (the cleaner version of Blue Tack removable blobby stuff) to fix their embellishments such as mulberry roses etc. to cards. This way they can remove them afterwards for re-use on other projects!

I do know that people like Bev Rochester are forever packing up their 'properly made' cards to submit to magazines so I can only assume that the 'White Tack Crafter' submits their work for challenges, DT work or even to magazines by uploading photographs and not the 'real McCoy'.

Is this really honest? Or, as I said, maybe they look on it as being enterprising? When I mentioned it to my in-house critic he said it's just like modelling something in industry :( I'm not convinced though.

At the risk of opening a real can of worms here - has anyone else come across this practice? I think it's a bit akin to pinning a dress together and then saying, look what I've made, via electronic means! But, perhaps I'm being a bit too prim here?

Must dash - loads to do today..........and where did I put that pack of White Tack? :))



  1. It seems a bit like cheating to me Di....maybe I should try the pinning of clothes together and see what my customers think?....I will let you know :-)
    A x

  2. I've never come across this, Di. This wouldn't be a very satisfying way of working for me. I like to have the project finished and complete, even if it's a project that is not "me"!!!
    To be honest I've never heard of white tack.
    Hope you are having a good weekend.
    Hugs Lisax

  3. I can see the use of white tack, just to try out if you have the right bit in the right place, before you stick it down finally, but not for TV or magazines. I am sure it would not pass for TV anyway, the samples have to be tough to survive the rough treatment of the presenters.

    Like you, my feeling is that it does seem like cheating

  4. I have to say I agree with you, I have never come across this before, I know for me personally I like to have something to show for my time at the end of it and I think taking it apart again afterward would leave me feeling somewhat dissapointed. Thats just me though
    Lindsay xx

  5. Will you got me... I had to look up what White or Blue tack was....
    Will I know when they take pics of food they use all kinds of things you can't eat to make the food look beautiful... so maybe.. I really don't know.
    But like the other gals said.. I just don't think it would be right either. And who what's to do all that WORK and then pull it apart... Not me...
    I'm stumped for sure.
    Maybe you should send a note to some of the DT members that you watch and ask them what they know about this stuff>>>> Let us know if you do!

  6. Well what can I say that won't get me into trouble???
    My jaw dropped when I read this, I really couldn't believe it at first, then I got angry. This is where my comments stop!

    Kath x

  7. Hi Di, l haven't come across this before its something l could never do and it does sound a little like cheating:) Sandra H

  8. Sorry . . . I can't decide if it's right or wrong.

    However, if the crafter concerned has to make a whole heap of cards for various DTs and mags, and only has to submit them by electronic means, I can see that it would be thrifty to use a removable form of "glue" for embellishments and re-use them.


  9. Having spent a full afternoon working on a couple of cards I would be GUTTED to pull them apart.... but if they have to be submitted in photo format within a tight dealine - then what the eye can't see??

  10. sorry - that should have said 'deadline'

  11. Difficult one isn't it? My first instinct is to definitely say it's wrong or like cheating, but then I thought about a lot of DT commitments and maybe it's a way of being thrifty. But overall, I don't see the point of making something and pulling it apart. If it was only made for a magazine shoot and you have no use for the card there are plenty of charitable organizations that would love to have them to raise funds with. Seems a bit of a waste really.


  12. Hmmmm! Are they told they can do this by the supplier of the goodies or are they being dishonest? Is this something that others do as well or this particular person? I'm not sure I know all the ground rules to be able to form an opinion here. One thing I know for sure is that once my stuff is stuck's stuck on!!!!

  13. I have heard of 'White Tack' but never associated it with card-making. For better or worse I assemble my cards and let the embellishments stay where they fall...if you catch my drift.I really try not to pull projects apart. So cheating ? I don't know, but I would not use 'White Tack' for this.

  14. Hi Hun I can't believe people do this. I wouldn't want to after taking ages making a card. I always thought they sent cards in rather than sending photo's in. I had heard of white tack before but wouldn't have thought about it for card making. Hope you have a great holiday. Hugs Jenny xx


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