Reported by Heather Strenzwilk
Have you ever created your own postage stamps? Faux postage are an art form and Faux Postage Templates by Just for Fun Rubber Stamps are an easy way to create your own postoids. The templates can also be used to create sampler style artwork. The lightweight vinyl templates allow you to quickly create backgrounds for your artwork.
Here is how I used the templates:
1) Use a small piece of removable tape to secure the stamping surface (paper, cardstock, etc) to the table. This will help prevent slippage.
2) Align the template over the stamping surface, using removable tape to adhere the template to the table. This will also help prevent slippage. (Don’t ask me or my wastebasket how important are steps 1 & 2!)
3) Apply color to the open areas of the template. Try sponging, stippling, stamping, chalks, paint or markers to apply color.
4) Think you are done? Carefully untape one side of the template and lift it carefully to check for coverage. If you missed a spot carefully lower the template again. (Do not remove the entire template and attempt to realign it perfectly unless you like a challenge or your wastebasket looks lonely!)
I have used various scrapbooking templates and have had issues with ink bleeding underneath the edge of the template and bleeding or smearing on the cardstock. This is especially common with dye-based and some permanent inks (in particular Ancient Page). I had the same issues with these templates but after a few snacks for my wastebasket, I had better results. Being vinyl, the templates are easily cleaned although I found some of the permanent inks stained slightly despite a spritzing of stamp cleaner.
- Flexible vinyl construction which is easy to clean (but can be stained by certain inks)
- Matching postage border rubber stamps are also available
- Very lightweight and portable and easy to store
- Can be used as a mask for stamping
- Sizes and configurations are limited- owners of custom die-cut machines could create their own custom templates to fit their own needs
- The template is used flush to the paper and some inks will bleed under the edge of the template
- Removable tape required so the template doesn’t slip while in use
JFF Faux Postage Templates are a convenient tool to create faux postage and a time-saver for masking. The templates perform like other vinyl templates I have used and my results were acceptable but nothing new or exciting. Some of the individual shapes or 3 x 3 pattern might come in handy for quick masking or a background. I rate these templates 7.5 out of 10.
Faux Postage Templates are available exclusively from Just for Fun Rubber Stamps in 24 styles. This wide variety includes rectangles in groupings of 3, 4, 6 and 12 and non-conventional shapes such as hexagons, pentagons, ovals and triangles. Many of the shapes are also available as individual templates so you can create a more personalized layout. Matching (mounted and unmounted) rubber stamps are also available.
During the month of January, JFF is offering an additional 30% off all products on their website. The templates are normally $3.75 each and the coordinating stamps $13.80 mounted and half-price for unmounted stamps.