Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Graceful Envelope - Finish

Background and bus glued down to the front of the envelope. I used Yes paste and a brayer to make sure no bits would stick up and get caught in postal machinery.

With stamps in place, it's hard not to second guess the design. Does it need more? Should I add words? What are the judges looking for?

Good or bad, this was it. The entry had to be postmarked by 25. Feb. so it's not like I had a lot of time to come up with something else.  Off I went to the post office. N was manning the counter. Before I absolutely hand the envelope over, I always ask if there is enough postage. I usually have another spot I can put another stamp, if needed. N measured the envelope with a template. He pushed the envelope through a slot in the template to make sure it wasn't too thick to go through a mail slot. All entries have to be delivered through the US Postal Service. No outer wrapping or putting the entry in another envelope are allowed. Pronounced it had sufficient postage, N carefully hand cancelled both stamps, made sure the postmark date was clearly visible, and placed the envelope in the pick up box. The only thing left to do now is to wait for May when the results will be made public.