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Glamour: dressing the moon for an enchanted evening.

[These notes are from a mini-tutorial posted in a vanished forum. There was a poll, and conversation following. If I hadn't saved a copy before posting, it would all be gone. Like my other tutorials. This summer, I plan to add a bunch of tutorials to my personal website (hauksdottir.com); I think I have 4 written and images gathered... need to determine a format for posting and editing them. If there are works on either of my Etsy shops that you'd like to see tutorials for, let me know.]


"Glamour is an illusion, a veil cast over something by magic, moonlight, or even makeup. Attractive, but untrustworthy because untrue. Glamorous stars of the cinema with a dusting of powder to conceal sheen or blemishes were "no better than they ought to be" (said with a sniff of contempt). Decades later, they are celebrities with their own lines of cosmetics and eager buyers. Has the world changed? Is glamour desired more than ever? Or is it still suspect?

The word originates in terms of spell-casting. An elf or witch or sorceror would cast a glamour: an illusion. It may be derived from grammar, grammarye... because spell-casters were learned folks with books full of words and the knowledge to use those words. It may also have come through Old Norse (they ruled England, Scotland and the various Isles for centuries). "A connection has also been suggested with Old Norse glámr (poet. “moon,” name of a ghost) and glámsýni (“glamour, illusion”, literally “glam-sight”)." I may be biased, but I'll argue for the Old Norse origin. No matter how much I love the word grammarye, glamour is a matter of vision.

It was mere synchronicity that the reference cites glamour as a poetic name for the moon! Really. ;^)

In the true light of dawn, illusions are burnt away: fairy gold crumbles into golden leaves, the voices in the wind fall silent, and the moon is revealed as a cold dead world hanging in an empty sky. ::sigh:: There is no ring or sphere or halo around the moon... only ice crystals in our own atmosphere, melting with the sun.

It is a nice enough moon with all its subtle shades of grey. However, I prefer it with a shade of mystery. With a bit of mist and wonder, there is potential. Those of us who walk under starlight and moonlight are aware that even silence is a concealment and the wind can taste of places unknown and the bright glow around the moon reveals much that was shadowed and hidden.

So, how to coax this aura of enchantment into our art?" [And the Photoshop tutorial continues from there.]
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This enchanted version of the moon tops a 4x4x1" gift box... perfect for jewelry and other precious gifts. I suggest Prom Night and New Year's Eve as appropriate occasions, although lovers can walk under moonlight whenever the romantic mood compels them.

The backing is a nebula, empurpled, so opening the box is like opening a window into all that wondrous light. My thanks to NASA and Hubble for the original moon and starscapes.

This box is handsome as is... no need for further trimmings!

Commercial use allowed! Included Etsy Entrepreneur License entitles you to print and sell up to 100 boxes at your vendor's table or event. For an Extended License, please convo me.

4x4x1" flat box

Backing pattern included if you wish to print both sides (elegant).

4 Files included for maximum creativity:
2 .jpg
2 .png

Print at 300dbi (best quality) on an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of good sturdy bright white card stock. I recommend 110#. Staples has a lovely 110# stock that takes ink brilliantly (box was printed from png files). If you do not have a decent printer, please use a copy/print service such as Staples, Kinko's, Copy Central, etc. for best results.

This is a digital item; no physical art will be sent (no waiting for the postman). You will receive an email when payment is confirmed, and a link to your Completed Orders page where you can download immediately or at your convenience.

Download instantly!
Print as many as you need!

Designed for small gifts, where you want the package to be as special as the recipient. No paper or ribbon required!

Please convo me if you need a different design or other sizes (I may already be working on them).

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Tips for easy and exact box assembly (see last photo for box assembly area):

Score where needed BEFORE cutting. A >dry< ball-point pen, backside of knife, or even a round toothpick will work if you don't have a stylus. You want to INDENT but not cut the fibers. This is tricky and frustrating to do after a shape full of tabs is cut out... so score first.

Use fresh blades in X-acto or similar cutter, against a metal-edged ruler, on a self-healing cutting mat for crisp, straight, clean cuts. (Yes, you can use scissors if you have a steady hand.) I bought a box of 100 #11 blades several years ago, which makes it easier to swap in a new blade as needed. Dull blades are dangerous! Glasses or magnifier can protect the eyes if a tip breaks from pressing too hard, however, it is better to use a good blade and light hand.

Fold everything before gluing, and test-fit if unsure of how the box goes together.

Glue where designated. For a cube, glue the sides before the bottom. Any good white glue will work; I like Aleen's Tacky Glue because it dries quickly without slippage, cleans with water, and doesn't burble the paper. I drizzle the glue, smear it thinly and evenly over the tab with a finger, rinse the fingertip in handy bowl of water (see photo), dry on a paper towel... at which point the glue is just tacky enough for a good bond. If you accidentally get a bit of glue where you don't want it, a bit of damp paper towel applied before it has dried will remove the evidence. ;)

Be patient and let the glue dry.

Score, Cut, Fold, Glue. Simple, yet excellent results if done in the right order.
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Effects are created by me. NASA provided the original naked photograph of the moon; I clothed it in mystery and magic.

Entirely digitally created.
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FAQs

These are digital products, which means no payment of shipping fees and no waiting for the mail. Immediate gratification. ;) Since I'm not sending actual printed paper, there is no worry about bent envelopes or warping caused by humidity. Upon payment, you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to your own DOWNLOADS page. This is almost instant. You can also go directly to your Completed Orders page and see your downloadable files there. There should be 2 files for each sheet, .jpg and .png with transparency. I have saved these images with maximum quality. You can download your files at your own convenience. In case of computer hiccups, I do recommend that you save a copy somewhere.

Etsy does not allow for refunds or exchanges on digital files, which makes sense since you can't really return an electronic item. If by chance you order the same item twice, let me know and we'll work something out. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please ask any questions before purchase. I try to show exactly what you will receive (minus the watermarks), by showing a view of the sheet itself and close-up samples showing a selection of icons and suggested use. I describe the items, the number, size, and distribution of designs as clearly as possible. Please review your order and ask any questions, especially if something seems unclear, before purchase. I want you to buy with confidence and be happy with your decision.

You are licensing the use of these images in YOUR OWN artistic creations. Apply them to jewelry, buttons, magnets, cards or collages, decorate a box or ornament or frame, scrapbooks, calendars, whatever. You have the right to keep, give, or sell your finished products (whether at art & craft fairs or online). You may reprint and reuse these designs as many times as you want, but distribution must be as an END PRODUCT. You may not publish or distribute the images "as is" (digital or printed sheets), as a supply, in kit form, as part of a template, or publish them for the use of others on any print-on-demand site (Zazzle, Cafepress, etc.). You may not distribute the images on a website, network, CD, etc., for free or for pay.

Copyright is not transferred with the purchase of these designs. I retain their copyrights. You are purchasing the right to use the image, not to own the image. Images are non-exclusive, which means that others may also purchase and use the same image for competitive or other purposes. If you wish custom sheets with exclusive rights (for example: an organization, club, or school), let's discuss it. I'm happy to make something special just for you.

I add a couple of pixels to the size, for example 305 pixels instead of exactly 300, so that users have some wiggle room if their printer is not accurate or their hands less than steady while cutting. When printed at 300dpi, this is about 1/32" all around. You should have no white showing around your image. If you are using a circle cutter, simply center the image and you are good to go.

The design in the middle of the "16" page is full size for "inchies" and unwatermarked. That is what you will receive. [Please note that I save at highest quality. Etsy does recompress the files in the listing.] If you wish to download and cut out that centered sample image, and "take it for a test drive" (see what it looks like under glass in a pendant), you are welcome.

These are digital products, which means no payment of shipping fees and no waiting for the mail. Immediate gratification. ;) Since I'm not sending actual printed paper, there is no worry about bent envelopes or warping caused by humidity. Upon payment, you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to your own DOWNLOADS page. This is almost instant. You can also go directly to your Completed Orders page and see your downloadable files there. There should be 2 files for each sheet, .jpg and .png with transparency. I have saved these images with maximum quality. You can download your files at your own convenience. In case of computer hiccups, I do recommend that you save a copy somewhere.

Etsy does not allow for refunds or exchanges on digital files, which makes sense since you can't really return an electronic item. If by chance you order the same item twice, let me know and we'll work something out. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please ask any questions before purchase. I try to show exactly what you will receive (minus the watermarks), by showing a view of the sheet itself and close-up samples showing a selection of icons and suggested use. I describe the items, the number, size, and distribution of designs as clearly as possible. Please review your order and ask any questions, especially if something seems unclear, before purchase. I want you to buy with confidence and be happy with your decision.

You are licensing the use of these images in YOUR OWN artistic creations. Apply them to jewelry, buttons, magnets, cards or collages, decorate a box or ornament or frame, scrapbooks, calendars, whatever. You have the right to keep, give, or sell your finished products (whether at art & craft fairs or online). You may reprint and reuse these designs as many times as you want, but distribution must be as an END PRODUCT. You may not publish or distribute the images "as is" (digital or printed sheets), as a supply, in kit form, as part of a template, or publish them for the use of others on any print-on-demand site (Zazzle, Cafepress, etc.). You may not distribute the images on a website, network, CD, etc., for free or for pay.

Copyright is not transferred with the purchase of these designs. I retain their copyrights. You are purchasing the right to use the image, not to own the image. Images are non-exclusive, which means that others may also purchase and use the same image for competitive or other purposes. If you wish custom sheets with exclusive rights (for example: an organization, club, or school), let's discuss it. I'm happy to make something special just for you.

I add a couple of pixels to the size, for example 305 pixels instead of exactly 300, so that users have some wiggle room if their printer is not accurate or their hands less than steady while cutting. When printed at 300dpi, this is about 1/32" all around. You should have no white showing around your image. If you are using a circle cutter, simply center the image and you are good to go.

The design in the middle of the "16" page is full size for "inchies" and unwatermarked. That is what you will receive. [Please note that I save at highest quality. Etsy does recompress the files in the listing.] If you wish to download and cut out that centered sample image, and "take it for a test drive" (see what it looks like under glass in a pendant), you are welcome.



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