Faux postage

Debra Burgin Feather postageFaux postage is a go-to design for me when I have just the right image.  Want to try it for yourself?  This set of three postage stamps is available for you in two Word documents on my Resources page.  You’ll find a template for landscape-oriented (above) postage stamps and one for portrait.  I’ve changed the denomination to 3¢ so that no updating will be needed if they ever start putting the price on the stamps again.

To make the mask, print the template on a printer-safe piece of transparency.  (You can find transparencies for laser and ink-jet printers.  Hopefully you won’t have to buy a whole package, because they are expensive.  Perhaps a teacher can swap a sheet for a handmade card!)  Using a straightedge and craft knife, carefully cut away the inside of the middle stamp, leaving a margin on all four sides.  You’ll move the mask to each stamp as you stamp and sponge.  I suggest affixing a bright-colored handle to your mask so you don’t misplace it.  Very hard to find a transparency on a messy table (or floor).  Here’s what mine looks like:

Debra Burgin Postage mask

 Stamps:  Fine Feathers (p. 79)

Ink/Color:  Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Shimmer Paint (Champagne Mist)

Paper:  Island Indigo (I know it doesn’t look like it!), Basic Black, Brushed Gold, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Argyle Folder, Stampin’ Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, pre-printed postage stamp template, postage stamp mask, small paintbrush

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One Response to Faux postage

  1. Sally says:

    Striking colors on this card! The Black really sets off the blue. Love it!

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