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HERE FOR FAUX POSTAGE TEMPLATE
Please make sure your printing margins are set to .5 inches (half an
inch) or the template may not print completely. In your browser's Menu
bar, select File > Page Setup, and change the margin settings
to .5. (The selections may be slightly different between browsers.)
finished postage sheet measures approximately 6 x 6.25 and contains 20
faux postage stamps.
- Template copied onto
transparent acetate (the kind used for overheads) or card stock. The
acetate will be reusable indefinitely, but the card stock will have to
be thrown away after a couple of sessions (because it becomes
saturated with ink).
- Self-adhesive paper, or plain
paper (see below for a glue recipe you can use on your faux postage
- Removable tape
- Post-It Notes (optional)
- 1/16" metal letter
punches (from Harbor
- Extra-fine pen (optional)
- Very sharp craft knife and
- Ruler with metal edge
- Postage-edge decorative
scissors, or access to a sewing machine (see below)
- A variety of rubber stamps, inks,
cosmetic sponges, stipple brushes, etc., as desired
- Mix equal parts white glue
(such as Elmer's Glue) and white vinegar. Add several drops of
peppermint extract (or other good-tasting extract). Use a CLEAN brush
to apply to the entire back of your plain paper. Allow to dry. Repeat
with second coat. Allow to dry. You will be able to lick the stamps
just like in the olden days! (This is also an excellent glue for
- Print or copy the template onto
transparent acetate (or card stock if you don't have acetate -- but try
to use acetate!).
- Using your craft knife, ruler,
and cutting mat, carefully cut out all of the rectangles.
- Use removable tape to adhere the
template to your paper. You can situate the template so the faux postage
is tall or wide.
- Sponge, stipple, or otherwise
create a background for your postage, if desired.
- Stamp images inside each
rectangle. If you want to use a larger image, use Post-It Notes to mask
off areas where you don't want to stamp.
- Hand-letter words along one or
two of the edges, or as desired. If you have small metal letter punches,
this is a great project for them!
- Remove the template and trim
paper to 7 x 7.25, centering the faux postage block.
- If you used plain paper, apply
glue as directed above.
- Use postage-edge decorative
scissors to cut out each faux postage image, exactly in the middle of
the blank grid lines.
- OR use your UNTHREADED sewing
machine to "sew" along the middle of the blank grid lines.
This will make separating the individual stamps easy. If you are using
self-adhesive paper, use an old needle because it will get gummed up.
Make faux postage
for your holiday or special occasion cards!
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