Caring for your vintage alter
To avoid changing the thickness of the card, I do not use any kind of fixing spray, or sealant. This keeps the cards thin, but the ink adhesion is still a bit fragile, particularly on foils. Fingernail scratches and other damage is easily made. I use perfect fit sleeves, and never remove them from those sleeves.
Using computer tools to alter cards has it's own unique challenges. While I strive for excellent quality, there are common minor issues with the cards I make. I'm going to list them here. I'm pretty fussy about these, and do my best to mitigate them.
The edges of the cards tend to get scratched going through the printer. This is why I normally don't do 'full bleed' or printing all the way to the edge. Scuffs are commonly touched up with black marker. This is very hard to see during normal use, but almost every card will have this touch-up performed on it.
Imperfect Alignment and Centering
Getting the cards perfectly aligned through the printer is really difficult. By design, I have a bit of overlap to make sure unsightly gapping doesn't occur. This is causes some overlap darkening the border between the original print and the custom work. Some left and right can creep in as well.