Friday, June 4, 2021

Faux Postage Fun

Faux postage making was a fun afternoon of paper play.



From other challenge blogs, I have found Try It On Tuesday .
This fortnight they are challenging artists with BUTTERFLIES.
Butterflies are a favorite to add to art.

I’ve made faux postage before that was a part of the inking and stamping design.  I hadn’t made separate pieces to use as ephemera.  So it was fun to make these.

I had a postage edge die that I’ve not used much.  It was perfect for these.  Cut, they measure 1.75” X 1.25”.  Paper scraps are perfect for making these.  I cut the base paper and inked the edges.
I cut a lighter scrap using the same die then cutting off the postage edges and inking the straight edges.
The two pieces are then glued together.



Then the search for designing the stamps...the really fun part.



That roll of Washi tape has 5 different butterflies on it.
I’d made 7 bases so I used a bicycle washi tape and then a small flower rubber stamp colored with Tombow markers.  



These ephemera pieces are going to be fun to add to my art.

May 2021 Calendar Journal


21 comments:

  1. I love your butterfly stamps! They look great! The bicycle one looks great too.

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  2. Annie, we ought to alert the USPS so you could design the next stamps! (Have you heard that stamps are going up to 58 cents in August?) These are so precious with your coloring and perfect choice of butterflies. You always amaze me.

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  3. I love faux postage and have made some from time to time--but have never been especially pleased with them. Yours are wonderful! Love the way they turned out, beautiful and fun and perfect for mail art!

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  4. These are incredible...wow! Love that calendar, too.

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  5. Very creative! If they were real stamps, I'd buy a sheet or two.

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  6. Your home made postage stamps are gorgeous, you're better than the post! Sorry you couldn't link to us at TIOT, but thanks anyway for this gorgeous piece! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. I linked you to the TIOT blog, hope that's okay! Hugs!

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    2. Thank you! I absolutely don’t mind. I wish I knew what is going wrong with it. It said I was logged in but when I tried to link it said I wasn’t logged in. ?????????? I went through that several times trying to figure it out. Aaargh!

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  7. These are absolutely beautiful 😍 you know I love faux postage and butterflies 💙your Callender journal is also still lovely, especially May 5th 😁😉

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  8. I don't know how I missed this post, but I am in awe. I just bought some new dies and I think one is the same size you used. It took me awhile, but I finally figured out where you got the postage amounts. You are SO clever. I love these and might just have to make something similar. I hope if I do, you will consider it an homage and borrowed (grin).

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I see that I forgot to include the number stamps in my supplies photo. The cents symbol is a part of a very old numeric stamp set. Faux postage has been being made by artists for years. Not my original idea. So feel free to make your own as you wish. I’m sure there are lots of YouTube tutorials showing a variety of ways that artists make their faux postage stamps.

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  9. Great little pieces. At one time the UK Post Office published a set of postcards that were enlargements of stamps when they produced fancy stamps. Your stamos reminded me that I have a set of butterfly postcards somewhere! xx

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  10. Wow Annie! What inspiration! I love these postage stamps of yours. I have a die too so may have to make a version for myself! Thanks so much for sharing at Try It On Tuesday. Your calendar journal is absolutely brilliant - love your handwriting! Hugs, Chrisx

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  11. Oh my gosh, you hired a housekeeper and went to the chocolate factory! I'm so envious! Love your work. Those postage stamps are amazing. Can you tell me a little more about those books you read. Any recommendations?

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  12. These postage stamps are beyond anything, so intricate and full of details on such a small scale. Your description and photographs of how you made the start-off stamps had me looking for a while, so much detailed cutting and fitting. The butterfly ones are terrific and I love the last two with the bicycle and the coloured little flower which is actually my favourite.
    I also, as always, enjoyed reading your calendar. I like the little flower stamping on the coloured squares.

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  13. I missed this postage stamp post Annie. How did I do that? Glad I found it because these stamps are really really cool. And they came out great, Thanks for sharing these with us at Try It on Tuesday too. Hugs-Erika

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  14. Wow, these are stunning! I love the vintage feel and the postage stamp design with the butterflies - amazing 😁. I enjoyed seeing how they came together too! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x

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  15. I love these faux postage stamps Annie, they're beautiful!
    You had a busy May!
    Alison xx

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  16. Hi Annie, I got here at last! These are fabulous and I loved seeing the process too.
    Thanks for linking up to Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril xx

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  17. Oh Annie, more great, creative art pieces! I love the butterfly stamps! The postage cancellation stamp makes them look authentic! Your calendar shows all the days you get to create! ❤️

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