Here’s a little update on the ALC cards:
I bought a bunch of paper from dick blick in berkeley. I forgot what type I got now, but I got the heaviest printmaking paper that seemed reasonably priced. Registration can be a bit tough with the quickutz L letterpress. It didn’t help that the cards aren’t exactly uniform in size – that’s a lesson learned for next time. If the cards were uniform in size, I would have been able to use the edges to register the print.
The Boxcar plates continue to be nice. I traced this outline of the state of California in Illustrator and added a little SF to LA route.
I took Boxcar’s advice and got a soft rubber brayer. I bought a 6″ speedball one from dick blick. I probably needed a slightly larger one for what I’m doing, but the soft rubber makes a huge difference in the uniformity of the ink application. A wider brayer would have helped even more because I wouldn’t have had to ink the plate in multiple passes.
Here’s the front side of a card that’s registered pretty well. Next time I’ll try to make better use of the cross-hatching – I think the hatching is one of the fun things about these types of designs.
An outline of the state of California on the back side of the card
I used one of the elum thank you plates and added my own bicycle icon.
I find it absolutely hilarious (and awesome) that the 1 cent USPS stamps are of a tiffany lamp.