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Stamp Art

here’s a confession for you.  i love old stamps.  as anyone who has received a letter from me would know.  i found the honey hole when i discovered precious owl.  i almost didn’t want to share!  for $4 I literally have hundreds of nautical stamps from all.over.the.world! in my possession.  oh the possibilities.  inspired by an old kate spade print i saw ages ago, i decided i’d make my own little art work.  just three frames for now, but i think a big one is in store for JB’s office.  {below are all from places JB has been}
trying to figure out a way to incorporate these for the travel themed shower for a couple we’re throwing next month … hmmm.
thoughts?

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36 Comments

  • Reply Stevie Leigh

    Gosh, Sarah. What a fantastic idea. I think I have a new creative outlet…

    March 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Ana

    I love old stamps, old postcards… anything vintage from a time where people would actually sit down and write letters instead of emails.

    This link is for a travel themed wedding, but I bet it can help you

    http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-julia-yuriys-nature-and-travel-inspired-wedding/

    March 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    What a great idea! So glad you decided to share with us.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Great find! I love the idea of framed art. This would look really cool in a gallery wall. Thanks for sharing!

    March 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Pris

    Right there with you old stamps are so lovely!! Great project!

    March 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Flora Moreno de Thompson

    What if you put one on each of those cards that tell people what table they're sitting at? And maybe make thank you cards with those on them, too.

    I love finding old stamps. Anything that reminds me of travel is cool in my book.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Stefanie Grace

    Oh wow! I LOVE this! 🙂

    March 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    Loving the frame! And old stamps!! And the fact that they all match s nicely together 🙂 Can you make me one of those as well?? 🙂 pleeeeease…

    March 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Kayla

    Cute! You could attach them to toothpicks and put them in cupcakes or food!

    March 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    love this! I just ordered the stamps from Peru. I can't wait to get them. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

    March 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply Lyndsay

    This is such a sweet idea.

    Hmm… maybe for the shower you could do little place setting postcards? Each could have one of those cute stamps.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Jessi @ Life: The Epic Journey

    I love stamps! I have hundreds that I found on Ebay, they are super cheap!

    Idea:
    Make "postcards" with one of the stamps on the front, and each guest can write a "marriage/life" tip on the back.
    (It would be cool if you could find old, unused postcards to use.)

    It would be fun for the bride/groom to look through their postcards on the honeymoon!

    March 21, 2012 at 1:08 am
  • Reply thingsitellmysister.com

    I love old stamps- I used them on my wedding invitations. They're like mini artwork! Thanks for the tip.
    Laurin

    March 21, 2012 at 1:34 am
  • Reply preciousowl

    Sarah,
    Here's a few more ideas I've picked up from helping other customers of mine plan their special events:

    You can use the stamps on place settings. Use a specific stamp to represent where your guests are from or what their special hobbies or interest are. This helps to provoke conversation amongst strangers and it helps to show your guest how much you know and appreciate about them.

    You can use the stamps as extra decoration on invitations and/or thank you cards.

    You can glue the stamps to string and make mini garland/banners out of them. The garland can be used to decorate cakes or table settings.

    Finally, I have a tutorial on my blog about how to make stamp collage notecards and if you need anymore ideas, just ask!

    March 21, 2012 at 3:03 am
  • Reply Allison

    After adorning my wedding invitations with vintage stamps, I became so intrigued with the tiny pieces of art. I have a huge box of old ones that the stamp man gave me so I'll have to make one of these projects.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:34 am
  • Reply christine donee

    hmm.. thinking of some ideas now. what a great idea!

    I have an obsession with vintage postcards. It's almost the same?

    March 21, 2012 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Marshall

    I love the framed stamps! And I especially love the soft turq candle in the lantern – clearly great minds think alike (:

    March 21, 2012 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Jenna

    This is such a GREAT idea… thanks so much for sharing, I'd be tempted to keep it a secret too 🙂

    xxx
    Jenna

    March 21, 2012 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Liz

    LOVE stamps!! this is such a cute idea Sarah, you're so dang crafty!

    March 21, 2012 at 8:38 am
  • Reply nicole

    just bought these 🙂 perfect for adam!

    March 21, 2012 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Whitney

    these are adorable!

    March 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    That stamp art is beautiful! Perhaps you could find some old post cards at antique stores and/or yard sales and cut off stamps from them?

    March 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Eloquent English

    WOW that is a super neat idea! I love seeing what people collect when they travel! We purchase magnets and have an entire side of a fridge covered with places we have been. Some of our friends have purchased magnets for us (Egypt, Istanbul, Ireland, etc). So fun! xoxo A-

    March 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Laura J

    I would put them on toothpicks to insert on cupcakes 🙂 But I do hate to throw away pretty little things, so it might be fun to use the stamps to create letters for their new Monogram, or put them on postcards for guests to share a piece of advice or a memory, which they can place in a large photo album after the event, or keep in a miniature vintage suitcase as a timesake.

    March 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Alex Butts

    Love this idea – just pinned it!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Alex Butts

    Love this idea – just pinned it!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Alex Butts

    Love this idea – just pinned it!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply ashley nicole catherine

    what a fantastic idea!! i do the same with old keys.. i collect them from all over and mount in shadow boxes! xo

    enter to win a $100 shopbop gift certificate!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I had a friend that covered a vintage looking suitcase with travel stamps and displayed it on her sign in table at her wedding!

    March 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Allie Ruth Morris

    stamps !!!!!
    This made me happy 🙂 And wanting to send some letters!

    Allie Ruth Morris

    March 22, 2012 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Nuha

    you should make a cake with a travel theme..places the couple has been and then place edible stamps on it 🙂

    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

    March 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    ahh you shouldn't have shared! i'm about to go buy up all the spain ones!

    March 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply prettygirldesigns

    love them in the frame! so cute!

    March 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Jenni@Story of My Life

    Sarah, you're a genius! I used to collect stamps back in the day when we lived in Europe, and I NEVER thought to make art out of them. Seeing as how I still have about 20 frames I need to fill on our gallery wall, this might just be my ticket! 🙂

    March 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    so simple and pretty

    April 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm
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