I've been excited to hear how some of you are suddenly peeking into and saving security envelopes for theirlovely patterns since last week's post on scrapbooking with them. I've been using them quite a bit since then too, this time on projects I'm making in preparation for my upcoming class [why, yes, I did just drop a big hint that I'm writing a class right now. Because I'm that subtle].
But for today's page I've returned to stamps. This layout features more original postage stamps and also one I created myself with the help of a postage-stamp punch:
|The structure of the page is inspired by Shimelle's 'Sketch of the Week: 03.08.11'.|
So, here's my bespoke postage stamp featuring the young thrush who spends a great deal of time in our back garden:
this X-Cut punch:
While I've had that punch for several months now, I think this is the first time I've used it to recreate a postage stamp. However, I've spent much more time using it the wrong way ... deliberately ... let me show you what I mean.
Rather than punch out serrated-edged squares with it I use it more as a border punch:
the cards I made from stamps + snippets and my 'Saving for best' micro-mini book:
For this particular page I used the technique on very thin strips, to create a frame around the page, but it works equally as well on large pieces which you just want to give a decorative edge to.
So that's my page for today. I hope there's something there to inspire you, whether it's the reverse punch technique, the 'create your own postage stamps idea or, once again just incorporating real postage stamps into your work:
It regards using original old stamps but which are, as yet, unused. OK then ... here is is ...
When you're using old stamps; stamps you can't remember buying; stamps which you probably bought in a big mixed-bag from ... who-knows-where; stamps wihch may have come from someone's collection, a carboot sale, donated to you by family members. Stamps which may have spent the past decade in a damp, foisty cardboard box before you excitedly rescued them and decided to let them fulfil their full artistic potential ...
.... try to remember NOT to stick them to your project by licking them!
Trust me. In fact, trust me, my tongue and my taste-buds [which have yet to forgive me] ... we know of what we speak.
You've been warned!
- I'm not sure what's coming next in Going Postal ... possibly something home-decor related!
- Here's the Going Postal Pinterest board which has expanded yet again since my last post.