DIY Faux Christmas Postage Stamps
Hello Graphics Fairy friends! I’m Diana from Dreams Factory and I’m back with our monthly creative project! Today we are making some beautiful DIY Faux Christmas Postage Stamps!
Last time I shared another round of stunning postage stamps (check them here) and we explored together different types of techniques for creating that specific perforated edge. I asked if you would like a more Christmas oriented set of stamps and the answer was an overwhelming YES! 🙂 So here I am, including my favorite Christmas-y images in my postage stamps Christmas collection! It’s a super dreamy Christmas collections with a good-old vintage vibe. I have a feeling you will love them as much as I do! 🙂
To make things easier and quicker (because let’s face it, Christmas is just around the corner) I’ve decided to only use the ‘revolutionary’ thinning shears technique this time 🙂 This was by far the technique with the most satisfying results, giving the postage stamps the most authentic look so it was somehow the most logical choice. Of course, if you feel like you need something more decorative, all the other techniques will give great results too!
The DIY Faux Vintage Christmas Postage Stamps printable comes in three different sizes! This time I also included a few landscape oriented postage stamps so I got you covered for pretty much all your needs! 🙂
HOW TO MAKE DIY FAUX CHRISTMAS POSTAGE STAMPS
- regular white paper OR cardstock paper OR white sticker paper
- ink or laserjet printer (I have this laserjet printer)
- calligraphy pen and gold ink OR other metallic pens, markers, etc. (optional, but highly recommended)
First I printed the printables on cardstock paper. You can also use regular paper or self adhesive sticker paper!
I used my regular scissors to roughly cut each stamp and then my thinning scissors to cut that beautifully perforated border! Because I didn’t wanted my stamps to look ‘too perfect’, I ‘allowed’ small imperfections here and there. I usually prefer to give a more handmade feel to my projects, so small imperfections are welcomed here! 😉
Just a small reminder when using this thinning shears technique – try to remember to always keep the serrated blade on top when cutting…
… and make sure your image is always placed on the left of your scissors! This means constantly rotating the postage stamp but keeping the scissors on the same position!
The DIY Faux Vintage Christmas Postage Stamps look so beautiful on white envelopes, but a colored background really emphasizes their stunning perforated edge, don’t you think?
P.S. If you feel like your postage stamps are a little bit too bright on the edges, you could use a little bit of coffee to tone down the white of the paper and give it a more distressed vintage look!
If you decide to cut all the sizes of these dreamy postage stamps you will get a total of … wait for it … 72 DIY Faux Vintage Christmas Postage Stamps! I told you I got you covered! 🙂
You can stop now and just contemplate all the amazing possibilities of using these beauties, or you can proceed to the next step … and just take things to another level – adding some beautiful gold finishing touches!
I love adding a little bit of gold to my Christmas decorations. Remember my DIY Vintage Gold Christmas gift tags and my DIY Glowing Stars Gold Luminaries that I shared last year? This time I used some gold ink and a calligraphy pen to add subtle golden details to my stamps. You can use metallic pens, markers or really anything that you have on hand.
As you can see below, the image from the left is a simple unaltered (but equally beautiful on its own) image. The one from the right has a few golden touches that add depth and dimension and almost … bring everything to life!
I’m always amazed by how all these small details can add such character to simple images! You can easily trace a contour to your image to make it shine, but you can also get creative and add other details! It’s your time to shine! 🙂 I added a few snow flakes, drew some small stars and even traced a small part of the writing!
I haven’t used gold ink before and I have to say that it was pretty much love at first sight!
I decided to go for the gold with most of my DIY Faux Vintage Christmas Postage Stamps and the final results were simply stunning!
I’m really hoping you will give this project a try and decorate all your Christmas presents with postage stamps this year! 🙂
Diana / Dreams Factory