2018 - AFDCS Cachetmakers' Contest
Hand Drawn/Hand Painted Category
2018 United States Airmail
Dual Cancel Cover
Blue Stamp Issued/Canceled May 1, 2018
Red Stamp Issued/Canceled August 11, 2018
Combination Stamp - 1989 Classic Mail Transportation #2436
I used the 1928 5c Beacon Stamp design as a base for this cachet.
In place of the beacon tower and airplane seen on the stamp I inserted
and image of "Jack" Knight who took heroic part in the
Transcontinental Airmail Flight that actually saved "airmail"
by continuing flights through the night.
Hand Painted Mechanically Reproduced Category
2018 - The Art of Magic / Swami Crystal Ball Stamp
Combination Stamp - 2002 Harry Houdini #3651
Artwork was painted for this "EmPrint" Cachet Cover
at about twice the size of the printed image.
To obtain added detail I painted the playing cards
at an even larger scale.
The two pieces of artwork were then scanned and extensive work performed in Adobe Photoshop to create Printer Files
that would match printed color as closely as is possible to
the color of the original artwork.
The type within the red box and the yellow borders were
not a part of the original artwork so were
also created in Photoshop.
In addition to the Primary Printer File
"Bump" Color and "Bump" Black Printer Files
were also created to obtain maximum quality
in matching the original artwork.
Each cover was printed making three passes
through the ink jet printer for the image plus
a fourth pass to print the type...
"King of Cards".
My "EmPrint" Covers are also printed on
the reverse side with my "EmPrint" Logo
and I place my signature under the logo on each one.