Faux Postage

by Beate Johns

This technique is fun and easy and gives your cards a unique look. The first time takes a little more work because you have to make your mask.

Supplies

  • Mask Sheets, or Piece of Acetate
  • Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Faux Postage pieces (2)
  • Fiskar's Postage Scissors (optional)  [ buy it ]
  • Stamps, Flourishes' Swan Lake used here
  • Ink
  • Coloring Medium, Copic Markers used here

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Download and Print the faux postage sheet. Cut the sheet apart to make four separate templates.

    Download 42 cents template (PDF, 36K)
    Download 44 cents template (PDF)

  2. Step 2

    To make a mask, cut a piece of Mask Sheet and place it over one of the faux postage templates.

  3. Step 3

    Using a ruler and craft knife, cut out each rectangle leaving 1/8" border around the printed lines

  4. Step 4

    Pop out the rectangles you cut. Your mask is finished!

  5. Step 5

    Place over your other faux postage piece. Center the windows over the faux postage rectangles.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp an image in one postage rectangle at a time. If neccessary cover the others up with scrap paper.

  7. Continue until each postage rectangle is filled with an image.

  8. Step 7

    Carefully take your mask off your cardstock.

    Clean mask and place aside for later.

  9. Step 8

    Color your images.

  10. Step 9

    Place mask back over your postage sheet.

  11. Color the outer edge of the images up to your mask.

    Take off the mask again.

  12. Step 10

    Cut closely around your faux postage piece with a postage scissor.

  13. Step 11

    Finish your card.

Video!

Variations

    Your own template
    Create your own template and the possibilities are endless with this technique. Our template (at the top of this page) uses the Tables feature of Microsoft Word to create the grid pattern. If you'd like to try varying the one we used, try our editable version.

    Download (Word doc, 48K)

    Solid Stamps
    When using solid stamps, diregard Steps 6 - 10. After placing your mask over your postage template, start sponging your rectangles with Dye inks. Once your rectangles look the way you want, stamp your image into each square.

    Don't use the template
    Gina K™ designs as well as other stamp company have stamps with postage stamps outlines. Those make this technique even easier.

    Get crazy
    Do a little poking around on the web and you'll find a whole world devoted to fake postage, including downloadable templates and related supplies.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Postage. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

i love this one! too cute! thanks for sharing it. i would like to suggest scanning this on your computer and printing out on a sticker paper for a realistic looking stamp. way cool.
Corris  |  Sat May 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM
is there a link for 42
PATRICIA  |  Wed Jun 4, 2008 at 10:10 AM
How do you change the $ amount on the
faux postage to 44 cents or to the age of
an individual?
Juliene  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM
Beate: I was interested in making the Faux Postage card, but when I downloaded the template, the squares came out to 1 x 1 1/2. If I make a 1/8 inch border, there isn't much space left to stamp. My screen shows the squares much larger, but when I print the template out, it is much smaller. I adjusted the print to print to full page, but it still came out smaller. Do you have any suggestions as how to make the squares larger? Thanks, Margie
Margie Fulcher  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM
Thanks so much for the wonderful template, Beate! I've been having a lot of fun w/ it!
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM

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