Dec 19, 2009, 3:32 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Wow, thanks - my 2 kids (9 and 5) were watching The Polar Express this morning with a friend, they nearly pee'd their pants with exitement when I came in with 3 tickets...
Put me in the good books with the missus also!!
Nov 8, 2010, 4:11 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Just reviving this thread for the time of year and to see if anyone could possibly do a run of gold foil printed tickets? I'd love to get a proper looking one this year. My son is 4 now and still LOVES this movie!
Nov 9, 2010, 5:22 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Bump for a run of these from anyone with a good printer and gold foil?!
Nov 9, 2010, 8:19 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
You actually print it on the gold foil? How does that turn out? I can't imagine that going through the printer. Lol.
Nov 15, 2010, 2:27 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Nov 15, 2010, 3:17 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
I hope this isn't as hard to have printed as the Wonka Ticket. I couldn't find anyone for the life of me to print on double sided gold foil paper.
Nov 15, 2010, 6:54 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
As much as I really would love to have one, I think I'll skip trying to print this. I feel like I would somehow screw up printing it on gold foil.
Nov 15, 2010, 8:34 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
I think the trick is to remove the gold "color" from the ticket image, so you only print the details onto the gold foil. Easy for someone with Photoshop experience; difficult for schmucks such as myself...
Nov 15, 2010, 9:51 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Not too hard in pshop: one way to do it is turn the color to grayscale, then adjust the contrast so the shaded gray becomes white.
Nov 25, 2010, 9:20 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Well I got some "antique" yellowish paper as a start..printed images on both sides then took them home and gave they a quick spray with gold paint. It worked ok, but I had it printed wrong so I had the same image on both sides of the ticket (that became wrapping paper).
I had a few sheet of the paper left so I sprayed them with gold paint, then brought them into work..set them in the black & white laser printer at work and printed. I am very happy with the results!! The picture does not do it justice but they are metallic, shiny and the detail of the image shows well. Perfect!!!
Nov 8, 2011, 10:17 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
WOW!!!!!!!!! GREAT WORK!! Very jealous!!
Nov 8, 2011, 11:37 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
holy schmokes!! looks fantastic! any chance of getting your .psd? or are you doing a run? or a link for the double sided transfer adhesive film?
great website btw... thanks for the inspiration
Last edited by neosporing; Nov 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM.
Nov 9, 2011, 9:03 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
If you were able to do a run I'd be down for a few for sure!
Nov 9, 2011, 9:28 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Happy to help with the original image. Uncle Buck, incredible job on the printed ticket. I have been using a heavier weight textured paper myself as getting the foil is tough to do. Hats off to all those who have made their kids happy with this project.
Nov 9, 2011, 10:03 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
A quality run of these would be awesome!
Nov 9, 2011, 10:22 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Nov 9, 2011, 12:46 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Many thanks guys, i have to correct the size ratios of the main borders as they are incorrect, each side differes in widt of lines and overall dimentions.
I am also looking for the original "paisley" type image thats behind it all along with the correct perspective picture of the train, the reason is i will make a straight version of the ticket. This will have no foil shadows as the original has, also i can leave all the layers open for editing and colour, contrast variations etc.
The process for these is a pain in the ass i have to say, first print, leave to dry, score and then cut and apply the adhesive transfer film and then fold and squgee down while pulling the second adhesive shield paper away. once finished you trim to size and i have got to say thats easier than it sounds as once bonded together cutting it is like cutting a sheet of thin brass!! Also stamping "BELIEVE" in the foil is a no-no, it is possible but it is not easy and it just does not look right.
I will edit the ticket further tonight and post the results, thanks for the comments.
Nov 17, 2011, 1:56 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
i found the cooper lite and script font, but am at a loss for the capitol letters T P and E as they don't quite match, did you just do it by hand or is there another script font that i'm not seeing?
Last edited by neosporing; Nov 17, 2011 at 3:31 AM.
Nov 18, 2011, 9:55 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Apologies for not posting sooner!!.
Ok the T, P and E had to be sized by myself, this took a while as i had to get the font and the inner stroke right, this resulted in pretty much all the font parts being seperated. I am still working on the border as when folded the border on the one side is not a match for the other, so i am creating a new border that is equal in dimentions all round no matter how its folded.
As soon as i have that finished i will try a test print on some stock card and see if that is correct.
I should have the results on the forum within the next few days.
I will put up a picture of the ticket once it is correct along with some of the other santa related items i make this time of year.
Nov 18, 2011, 10:11 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Thank you so much for sharing this!
It looks fantastic.
Nov 18, 2011, 12:03 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
awesome, I would be in for atleast one for sure!!
Nov 18, 2011, 12:15 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Id need 2 for sure or Ill have fighting kids! We are getting close to crunch time tho..
Nov 21, 2011, 9:59 AM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Well I am working on the border today, I have used solidworks software to make the border as a dxf, I use it all the time and this way I can get a perfect symetrical border and then re-size the image to fit.
I do have illustrator here and i could do the border in that, however I really do not like using it as i can acheve the same thing in solidworks in mere seconds compared to messing with illustrator. With importing the dxf border in and then saving it down as a vector image i can then do what i want with it.
Still no luck on the background image, although i do have a few close matches, I am beginning to think that it was a custom image.
As for getting some of these out, it may be possible , however the folding and application of the transfer film takes me about 10-15 mins per with the trimming and cutting out. Doin a large amount of these will take time. I would also have to get them to the states to one person to then re distribute as individual mail outs would be costly.
Also I am a new member here and as such an unknown quantity and I feel I need to become more established before i even went down the "bulk" route.
I am sure the Admins and Moderators here would agree with me on this, The only other option is to put my related files online and I am not really sure about this, simply because there are too many people out there willing to rip the wrk off and sell them on as has happened with other members "id badges" and "patches" etc as i have seen in some of the threads.
However if one of the members in the States is willing to distribute them on to others who want them then i will try and get some done this week and then sent out by the weekend.
More pics to follow tonight, sorry for the delay.
Dec 10, 2011, 9:03 PM - Re: Polar Express Ticket image
Just came across this - my kid would love one - any news on it?
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