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This Christmas, delighting in the possibilities of my Epson 1200, I decided to make my own Christmas cards. I printed about 100 Christmas cards from a drum-scanned 4x5 negative, using the Epson 1200 and Epson ink. I printed on Red River scored card stock (58 lb Denali Matte-Coated) using a standard Epson quadtone curve. The images were stunning. A few weeks later the postal service returned some of my cards because of out-of-date addresses. I opened the envelopes with the idea or sending the cards back out to correct addresses and saw, to my surprise, that the images were completely trashed. They looked diseased with white blotches all over the image. It was like a white algae had formed on them. At first I thought the cards had gotten wet in the mail, but I had cards from different parts of the country with the same problem. On further investigation, it appeared that there was a pattern to the blotches. I looked at the outside of the envelopes and could see the same pattern. Where a dirty line had been formed on the outside of the envelope, through some pressure roller in a postal machine, I could see the same line formed by blotches on the image. When I put the card back into the envelope the marks on the envelope matched up with the blotches on the image. Apparently, the postal machine that cancels the stamp or puts the little bar codes on the envelope applies so much pressure to the envelope it rubs off parts of the image inside. I'm going to do some experiments by mailing cards to myself to see if I can stop this from happening in the future. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Would a clear acrylic spray protect the image? Would a sheet of tissue paper over the image inside the envelope help? Perhaps a card insert between the image and the envelope? I appreciate any suggestions. I'll let you know the results of my experiment. Larry Gustafson email@example.com - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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