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Contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Make the Template

  3. Make the Stamps

  4. Resources



Introduction

Real flowers will be here soon, until they get here get in the mood for spring with some floral faux postage.

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Make the Template

Tools and Materials

Square Faux Postage Template PDF
Acetate
Tape
Exacto knife or Mat knife
Self-healing cutting mat
Metal Ruler


  1. Download and print out the Square Faux Postage Template PDF.


  2. Tape a piece of acetate over the printed template.


  3. Using a metal ruler as a guide and with the self-healing cutting mat underneath, use your mat knife or Exacto knife to cut out the squares on the template. You will cut through both the acetate and paper layers as you do so.


  4. Remove the paper from the acetate. Now your template is ready to use.



Make the Stamps

Tools and Materials

The template you just made
Tape
Light colored card stock
Dye based rubber stamp ink
Rubber stamps
Optional - watercolor paints or crayons
Double-sided tape
Laminating sheets (scraps will do, you only need a little bit)
Fun Foam
Scissors
Paper edging scissors with faux perforation pattern
Sponge
Pencil
Eraser
Temporary acrylic mounting blocks

  1. Tape down a piece of cardstock to your work surface.


  2. Tape the acetate template to the work surface over the card stock.


  3. Sponge one or more light background colors of dye-based rubber stamp ink inside the squares, darker toward the edges. Besides light colored rubber stamp ink, you can also use watercolor paints or moistened watercolor crayons as a source of colors. I used ochre yellow, opaque white, straw yellow, and pale green for the backgrounds on my samples.


  4. Take some Fun Foam, and cut out little petal shapes. Arrange them to make a daisy-like flower that is about 1.75" in diameter. When you're happy with your arrangement, cut out a piece of self-sticking laminating material, and press it sticky-side down on the petals. Trim the excess laminating sheet off. You now have a flower petal foam stamp.


  5. Temporarily attach the petal arrangement to an acrylic mounting block with double sided tape. Stamp the petals once into each square of your faux postage sheet. I used ochre yellow for my samples.


  6. NEW! I have made a set of two stamps that you can use to stamp the petals instead of making the stamp from fun foam - Flower Petals Set Unmounted.

  7. Use the circle from my stamp set Faux Postage Shapes Set 2 Unmounted to make centers for the flowers. If you don't have that set, you can cut a circle out of fun foam and use that. I stamped my centers in pink and light blue.


  8. Stamp Retro Flower Head 2 Unmounted in the center of each flower with dark brown ink.


  9. Using pale green ink, stamp Retro Double Leaf Unmounted once in each square.


  10. Using medium brown ink, stamp "U.S. MAIL" and "39 CENTS" near two different corners in each square. Both of these stamps are from my set Faux Postage Set 4 Unmounted.


  11. Cut the stamps apart. First use a regular scissors to cut the faux postage squares apart. Then use the decorative scissors to make another set of cuts closer to the design.


Now you have some faux postage that you can use to decorate cards, envelopes, gift packages, and all kinds of things.


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