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« on: November 01, 2012 11:05:35 AM »

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Postage Stamp Cards - featuring Elmer's products

I bought a bunch of used postage stamps a while ago (from artypharty), knowing they would be good to use for *something* Cheesy When I was thinking of ideas for Christmas and thank you cards, I thought they would be perfect since they're already little artworks in themselves. To keep the recycling theme I used some cardboard and salvaged fabric too. This would be good for bits of fabric and cardboard that you would usually throw away. Yay, recycling!

Christmas cards


and (without the cardboard) butterfly thank you cards


To make these I used...

  • Old postage stamps
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Sewing machine & black thread

First, choose your favourite stamps. I wanted all of mine to be portrait orientation to suit my cards.


Using the glue stick, add a smidge to the middle of the stamp. Just enough to stick it down in the centre, but don't go to the edges. Then press it onto your fabric. I used the CraftBond glue stick and it adhered to the fabric perfectly. Then cut around the stamp leaving a border of fabric (a couple of mm) on each side.


Next, stitch around your stamp in a contrasting thread. For some stamps I went around the outside and for others around the design. I wasn't bothered about it being perfect because I wanted a scrappy look with the ends showing.
*Note: Sewing through paper will blunt your needle. You may prefer to hand stitch this instead.


Place your stamp onto the cardboard and cut around, leaving a little border. Then use the embellishment glue to attach the centre of the fabric (inside the stitching) to the cardboard. It glues quicksmart!


Here's a closer look at one where I stitched around the design.


I've made mine into cards, but they could easily become gift tags too. It will be fun to send people stamps that correspond to the year they were born! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 11:08:00 AM »

The layers you've created with all of the materials are just delicious.  Love the idea of gift tags!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:26:11 PM »

Wonderful combination of fabric and paper. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 01:13:42 PM »

fabulous idea and so useful!  I have always saved stamps from the many swaps I am in, but did not have enough projects to use them up!

Love these! They rock!
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 01:20:17 PM »

Thanks! That sounds like perfect swap recycling, always!
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 01:29:11 PM »

I adore these wee cards. So cute!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012 01:36:51 PM »

Wow, I looove this idea!! I am going to save holiday stamps this year!
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012 02:31:38 PM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I'm going to start a stamp collection just so I can make my own.

A while back, racky made me some inchie cards and I used them up in a heart beat because I loved them so much. These remind me of them Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012 02:33:03 PM »

These are beautiful!  And so tiny!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2012 03:21:08 AM »

Thank you! If you used corrugated cardboard with the lines going horizontally, you could thread some yarn through one of the top holes and make a garland of these too. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2012 11:28:20 PM »

Love these!  I always forget about combining sewing and paper!
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2012 05:50:27 AM »

Thanks! It's one of my most favourite combinations Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2012 07:33:28 AM »

how sweet!  these are so cute!
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2012 07:51:53 AM »

Love the idea of sewing the stamps onto fabric.  These are gorgeously textured!
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2012 01:52:27 PM »

I love all the layers!  So pretty!  I'm totally gonna have to try this sometime!  I have a huge stash of stamps that I save from all the ATCs I receive.
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