How to overlay text on an inline graphic?

I have a client that wants to send out emails using their letterhead inline and have a letter typed up over it.
Does anyone have any good suggestions regarding what code to use?
Looked around online and did not find anything that works.
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Steve BinkCommented:
Something like this?

Note that:
1) The background of #inline-container will be in front of the image
2) The width of #inline-container will be limited to the natural width of the text, unless told otherwise

Alternatively, you can use an image processor on the server side to add the text dynamically.  In that case, the text will actually be part of the image (i.e., not selectable)

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jplatovskyAuthor Commented:
Here is code that works in Dreamweaver but when i send this out only the box and text appear.

            <style type="text/css">
div.background {
    width: 680x;
    height: 920px;
    background: url(;
    background-size: 680px 920px;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    border: 2px solid black;

div.transbox {
    width: 600px;
    height: 180px;
    margin: 220px 215px;
    background-color: ;
    border: 1px ;
    opacity: 0.6;
    filter: alpha(opacity=60); /* For IE8 and earlier */

div.transbox p {
    margin: 10px 20px;
    font-weight: bold;
    color: #000000;
}            </style>
            <div class="background">
                  <div class="transbox">
            <p>Sivan 5775</p>
            <p>June 2015</p>
            <p>Dear Parents,</p>
            <p style="text-align:justify">
                        Before we end this exceptional academic year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for working with us in making the Bais Yaakov experience a positive, warm and nurturing one.</p>
                              <font face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">Here&#39;s a view of BYQ</font></p>
Steve BinkCommented:
Ah, this is for email.  This may not be consistently possible.  Email clients vary widely in what they actually support.  The standard practice is to keep style and flashiness in general to a minimum in HTML email.
jplatovskyAuthor Commented:
but yet people say it should work
Steve BinkCommented:
"Should" is perhaps the most overused word in this industry.  And it likely will work in specific clients.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to depend on that across all platforms or applications.
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