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letterpress holiday card (for chicagoans)

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Step 1: Front and Back

I was lucky enough to have access to letterpress equipment, but any stamp, stencil, screenprint, etc. method would work. I chose a porous cardstock because the ink dries quickly and you can keep working. Once I figured out my card dimensions and registration, I printed the font and back on one side (unfolded - you do that last).

Step 2: Inside

Next I printed the inside text. Again, figuring out registration is the tricky part. For those who have never been to Chicago, we call our train, "the el" (as in "elevated"). I'm only giving this to fellow Chicagoans so the lame inside joke will hopefully not be lost. Then I used a bone folder to crease each side down the middle for easy folding. I had a friend take a snapshot of myself waiting for the "el" and pasted the prints inside.

Step 3: Envelope

I found some matching kraft paper envelopes so as a finishing touch I added "merry christmas" in gold ink

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    lol. i got it after i read the comments, and i LIVE in chicago haha. not only that, I live right next to Western station (which is that photo up there)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    and at first i just thought you were pulling off some kind of bad kerning joke.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant. I'll think of this the next time I'm on the platform, bouncing to keep warm, and the train is an hour late... Then I'll get angry... Whatever, you get my vote!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I got the El reference from reading other chicago i'bles/watching The Fugitive, but I'm not from chicago, so I only got a chuckle :-)