So in Sweden we have this tradition of christmas ornaments being tacky as heck and preferably home-made. So, like, the weekend before christmas eve, quite a lot of people will sit around the table playing advanced "arts & crafts", and there will be paper spills and glue sepage and glitter on everything for weeks to come. I am however rather convinced that this is not the turning of the wheel in Scandinavia alone. This year I actually got in the mood and did something.
In all my hipster-like defence, it's supposed to be kitschy. Now y'all have a wonderful Hannukah, Kwanza, Hogwatchnight or whatever your preferences dictate. Me out. There is still ham.
So every once in a while,
I find myself in need of antique envelopes and such. I do have a few lying about (courtesy of my father, the philatelist) but I do consider murdering real antiquities for fun about as morally upright as willfully spreading chlamydia, i.e. it can take years for the disease to kick in but once it does it may prove devastating. Of course I don't mean any and all usage of the items in question; breathing new life into old stuff by using, repurposing and enjoying is a great thing! I mean the kinda stuff where one is making a movie, or a stage play or a drunken brawl of a game night. Events that challenge the sustainability of the things. In these instances I certainly prefer the replikato the brittle, rare, historically relevant artifact.
So I decided to make a non-STD-ious alternative. I began by grabbing a bunch of german postcards from ca: 1900. Then I recreated them in photoshop.
These are the original postcards. The one at bottom right is Swedish, and I didn't care to fix it up. The process was simple and straight-forward, just duplicate them.
The third one was a real pain in the lower back, mainly because I couldn't find any pictures in decent enough resolution that wasn't cancelled. I took the long route by editing out the cancellation. Blewrg.
Anyhow, now these are ready to be printed onto preferrably aged cardstock and used for whatever. I do need to whip up some era-specifik cancellation marks (I say cancellation alot, because I simply don't know what the heck they're called in english. "Cancellation!" Makes me feel like the entire tool box.) but that'll have to wait until a later date.
My next project was the business-sized envelope. I've tried before and simply stopped since there is no way of folding a regular A4 sheet into the exact shape I'm looking for. There simply isn't enough paper in an A4 to fold this kind of envelope to exact measurements. Anyhow, I grabbed this beast by the balls and began sketching and folding and cutting until EUREKA!
Plain and simply printed out on pre-aged paper, lying on top of several genuine envelopes from the 1920's. Had not my printer been low on ink and had I put some patination time in it, I swear it would be nigh indistinguishable from the real deal.
It's not entirely perfect. It differs some 8mm in width and 2mm in height. The pre-paid postage stamp is obviously not embossed. I find this to be an acceptable compromise. A single sheet of A4 paper folded twice on length will fit nice and snug in there. This will do perfect for say, containing the will of your unknown uncle Reginald Squarebottom at the next CoC-night. Or if you really take the arts & crafts approach to your wedding invitations seriously.
Back of same quick and dirty printout. The shape of the "lid" differs from the shallow "house roof" shape of the original. This was the only way I found to make the single A4 suffice into a complete covering envelope.
Ready to print shape on left, instructions for slow days on right.
You might notice there are two 20's marks from Massachusetts. Just, you know, pointing that out. Because I'm a nerd.
So there you go. Enjoy. If you do anything cool with this, please, drop me a line to share your special breed of algidity.