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.
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!
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.
I also cleaned up some cancellations(!) and pre-paid stamps and such while I was at it. I'm unsure of the colour saturations and can't really test them out, given that my printer is all out of red and keeps promising it'll have the other colours by next week. Also my screen simply won't be configurated to ICC-prophiles or be adjusted in any way. I think it might have joined a cult or something.
Size should be correct to copy/paste/print.
So there you go. Enjoy. If you do anything cool with this, please, drop me a line to share your special breed of algidity.