In this tutorial, you will learn to make Faux Postage using Faux Postage frames from the Carolyn's Stamp Store catalog. The finished simulated postage stamps can be used alone to decorate your mail or in a variety of projects including cards, shadow boxes and more.
Orient your acetate horizontally on the work surface. Using a ruler and marker, mark 2" increments horizontally and 2 1/2" vertically. You should end up with a grid of 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
Stamp Faux Postage Frames into grid with permanent ink such as StazOn.
Let dry, cut out middles with Exacto knife.
Printing the Faux Postage
Optional - Take some of your cardstock scraps and stamp onto them with some waterproof ink such as Ancient page or StazOn. To soften the backgrounds, you can overlay them with a thin wash of gesso, acrylic paint, acrylic medium and water. Experiment to get the effect you want.
Stamp frames in StazOn onto cardstock. A dark color is best for this step.
Tape the template you made to backing sheet of scrap paper at the top to make a hinge. Make sure the printed side is facing down. Take one of the cardstock pieces on which a frame has been printed and line it up under its corresponding spot in the template. Lay the template down. Sponge light colors of ink of your choice into cut out area. The acetate will serve as a mask to prevent covering up the printed frame with color. I used Fluid Chalk for my samples. Let ink dry between colors unless you want a blur effect. You can also try for different background effects by using stipple brushes, texture stamps, roller stamps and other texture tools.
Now for the really fun part! Use tiny stamps in medium then darker colors to create your faux postage compositions. Carolyn's Stamp Store carries sets of small stamps made especially for this purpose, but you can use any tiny stamps that you have in your collection. Number stamps are especially effective for creating imaginary monetary denominations that help give the illusion of a postage stamp.
Once ink has dried, use decorative paper edging scissors to cut out the stamps. Perforated edge or deckle patterns are particularly effective. Now you have lots of stamps to decorate your mail or use in other projects!
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