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Shackles through barred window

Postcard or Postnote

Below are jpeg files that you can copy and then print.
They can be used to make either a postcard or a postnote.

Postcard

To make your postcard you will need heavy (stiff) stock paper. Right click the dungeon door image that you want and save it to your computer. Whenever I'm saving a file off the internet I save all of them to my desktop so I don't waste time trying to figure out where the computer put it. Now open the saved file and print it. If you want to save paper and make two postcards take your printout and turn it upside down and put it back into the printer. Print again if you want the same image or save another image to your computer and print it. Now measure your sheet of paper and put a mark on each side down 5.5 inches and then draw a line for centre. Carefully cut your sheet in half with a sharp utility knife. Make sure you put something underneath to take the cut instead of your nice table or desk! Now you can draw on or colour the side of your printout opposite the image. To the left of the printed image write your message. If you have experience with printing you could type your message or messages and print them onto the page before you cut it. This will allow you an extra half of an inch at the top for more typing but the trick is to get it to print inside of the cut you will be making. I use just a period and print it out first to see where it sits. If necessary adjust and repeat until you have it just right and the message should print right where you want it. The half of an inch space at the bottom is good because the postal service likes to use that for their barcode. Place a stamp over the maple leaf (Put stamp here) icon and your card is ready to send.

For a more advanced method I cut the card to match a photo, another postcard or whatever I am using and then glue it to the back. Glue can be messy though and won't always stick to whatever you are using. It may also be prohibited by the postal service due to the possible damage it could do to their equipment. A better method, a more secure fit and since the photo or other postcard is stiff by itself, I can print the image onto peel and stick paper and then stick it directly to the photo or postcard securely, trim and it's ready to go.

Alternatively this last method is the better of the three but also the most difficult to set up and more things that can go wrong. It also requires that you have, and know how to use, some form of photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, or any of the similar software from Corel, Kodak, ArcSoft or Ulead to name just a few. Simply eliminate the sticky paper and print directly to the photo or postcard. I take whatever I am printing onto and cut a piece of paper to match it perfectly and then use this to print samples so that I can adjust it to the right position. If what I am printing requires a lot of ink I eliminate the waste. In imaging software I can make a layer of white that covers everything but the outside edges. This is the only part we need for making it fit. If you are using text editing software like Word or Word Perfect you can create a blank (white) metafile that covers everything you want. I find these tricky though as they seldom do what I think they should do. I cover the images separately and then for the text I select all the text I don't want printed and change the colour to white. Remember to allow a half an inch all around where the printer doesn't print. Some printers have borderless ability that you can try or a trick I use is to design it in 2 stages and printing the bottom halves separately. Your printer can print right to the edges because half of the page is still securely held by the printer. Turn it around and do the second half. All this takes practise and the knowledge that the printer will not always do what you think it will do and even if it does it will change every so often just for schitz and giggles. No swearing! There are no mistakes, just ways you have found that don't do what you want. Change everything back when you have it where you want it.

Whatever your medium is, especially a photo, you must make sure that the ink will dry smudge free before beginning. If it is from a conventional photo outlet shop it probably won't and you'll have to use the sticky paper, but I think that the paper for personal home photo printing will accept ink but then that requires that you print out a copy of what you already have. Test it first or talk to a qualified staff member at your photo shop.

Postnote

A postnote requires the entire sheet of paper to make one but all the same methods above can be used. A postnote also gives you more space to work with. Instead of three quarters of one side of the sheet you'll have a whole side of a sheet more! What you put on it is up to you but bear in mind that the bottom right hand quarter of one side of the sheet is where the image of the dungeon door and my address will be and the quarter directly to the left is the only other part that will be visible from the outside. The top half and the whole other side is yours to do with as you like. You must keep in mind though that if you put anything on that whole side that it must not be too dark as it will interfere with the readability of the other side. If you're drawing a picture or writing a message it must be light enough as to not push through or indent the paper. A good idea is to put your sheet on a piece of glass or other hard surface as this will prevent the tip of your pen or pencil from making an indentation in the paper. This would be easily read from the outside by someone lightly shading the paper with a pencil not to mention making the address hard to read. If you have the software this would be the best time to use it. You can do anything from type, colour a picture or print a real photo onto the paper. It won't indent the paper however you will have to be sure that the colours are not dark enough to show through. Using a thicker paper will help tremendously but not too thick as to make folding difficult and adding weight. If I am sending a letter to a friend or even a letter to a business I always dress it up. I do this because stamps are not the only postal item that is collectable. There are a large number people in cover collecting as well. This helps stop the ruining of millions of stamps by people who cut them out for collectors but only end up trashing them by cutting the stamp. If even the little tabs, left over from where the stamps was torn from the roll or sheet, are cut the stamps loses value. I personally have thrown hundreds of stamps into the garbage for this. In one bunch alone over a hundred stamps were cut out with all the side tabs cut off and even some of the picture itself. Such a loss and baffling as to how anyone could not see that they were damaging the stamp. It almost feels spiteful. Another reason to make covers attractive or unique is to keep letter writing alive. There are very few people left writing letters nowadays when texting and emails do it so much faster. And for some cases that's OK, but for more personal or longer letters to friends or family living far away a letter is so much more, personable. And even if it is only a bill payment, a fancy cover will be saved to become a cherished part of someone's collection. Instead of from "tree to trash" it is now from "coniferous to collectable", "ash to art", "cherry to cherish". OK that's pushing it. "Poplar to popular"... sorry. Sometimes if it's a more serious business letter I will use my Graphic Signature or a drawing or photo that marks a special day that is near. Valentine's Day, Father's and Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving and Halloween, Remembrance Day, Christmas and New Years Eve just to name a few. Whatever the case I always try to find or draw something to put on my envelope to make it special. And if you are taking the time to make it special why put a common ordinary definitive stamp that every else uses when you can just as easily buy a special stamp for the same price? The post office issues at least one a month and averages more. Now your cover is twice as desirable.

One reason that covers were not collected originally was due to confidentiality. Most people would not like learning that their cover, with their name and address on it, was allowed to fall into the hands of the public and today it could even end up on the internet! They may also not want anyone knowing that they were in correspondence with a particular company. This is all very important and understandable but can be avoided by simply using a windowed envelope. Your personal information and relation with a company is not on the envelope, just all your pretty work that a collector will be eager to have. Personally I don't use windowed envelopes yet but may change. For now it doesn't bother me knowing someone has my name and address because it tells them who detailed the envelope. I also add a message to the back of the cover telling the receiver that I wish to have my cover left intact and given to a collector or an organization that auctions them to collectors, just to be sure that the original receiver doesn't cut or rip it to pieces. In this attractively typed message I give permission by signing or initialling it and releasing them from any repercussions for giving it away. The only alternatives a receiver has is to cut the personal information away or use a marker that completely hides it. Either mars the look of the cover. Apart from that it would have to be held for a certain number of years, 100 or so I think, but whatever the number it is just to make sure that the sender has past on and probably wouldn't care what was done with the cover. All this excludes highly confidential correspondence of course and I probably wouldn't dress up an envelope that I was sending someone my resume in either.

First Fold Sheet over backwards
Once you're finished with the details take the sheet and carefully fold it top to bottom so that the dungeon door and address is on the outside.
First Fold Sheet keeping image on the Outside







Second Fold Left Side of Sheet BackwardsSecond Fold of Sheet keeping image on the OutsideNow fold it sideways, door & address still outside. You should have what looks like a special occasion card or pageless book. Check to make sure everything's right and that nothing is too near the edge for the next step.


Press down creased edges
Trim off any uneven edgesNow press the card on a smooth surface and using a smooth object like a pen or ruler with a round edge press the creases of the note. If you were a little off in the folding you can now use a ruler and utility knife to carefully cut the edges so that they are all the same.


Everything looks good?
Remembered to sign it and date it and put inside anything if you wanted?


Tape, fold over & trim top & bottom edgesTape, fold over & trim right edge

OK now tape it closed along the three open sides. As mentioned before, clear tape is best and archival the bestest... most best... Let's take a run at this again. Tape is good, clear tape is better and clear archival tape is best. There we go! But with so many designer tapes out there any will do. I particularly like the shiny holographic type myself. Reminds me of fishing lures and all the fabulous fishing trips I have enjoyed in the Land-O'-Lakes.
N.B. Of great importance here, DO NOT use staples.


Sorry for shouting but your postal service will be very upset with you if one or all of your staples end up damaging their expensive equipment and stamps are expensive enough already. Now back to taping. Do this carefully, starting from the hinge side and keeping it flat so as not to have any bulges or warps. It's usually best if you do this on a glass or other hard surface as it allows you to tape it directly onto the surface. Make sure to put a piece of paper under the tape about a half of an inch from the edge of the card so that lifting it off of the glass, to bend the tape over to the back side, is a breeze.

Apply proper postage and mail


All that's left is to add your stamp over top of the little maple leaf with the "Place Stamp Here" typed inside it and Bob's your uncle. Where the hell did that come from? I spent most of grade school thinking that I never did anything right because Bob was never my uncle. But I digress. Your note is finished and ready for mailing.

Your finished stamped Postnote

And please remember to do this step last because putting tape over a stamp is bad. Almost as bad as cutting the stamp! Actually using the tape is bad as well because it dries out leaving an ugly dirty brown mark on your pretty collectable, but since it is only touching the unmarked outside edges it is forgivable. Even so it would be best if you could use archival safe tape if you can find it. Good luck though because I've been watching for it for over twenty years and still haven't found any and I shop the nation's capital! Couldn't even get a supplier's name from a museum!

Well that's it for homemade postcards and postnotes 101.
Have fun and hopefully I'll have one of your covers in my collection some day.



8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. Calligraph421 BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. Calligraph421 BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. CAC Valiant text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. CAC Valiant text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. Kelt text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. Kelt text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. Wedding Text BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. Wedding Text BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. Old English Text MT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. Old English Text MT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. Engravers Old English BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. Engravers Old English BT text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with plain window. GothicE text.
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8.5x11 Postnote with shackles window. GothicE text.
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Namárië an si



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