Faux postage was all the rage for a while when the concept was first introduced to the stamping community.  Why not reinvent this fun technique with one of the NEW Super Jumbo sized square scallop punch?!?!?  This small-sized punch is the perfect way to update it!

1. I printed my "cents" from the computer, and I made it "07" to represent the year.  You could do lots of fun things with this.  For example it could represent an age or anniversary.

2. I punches a mask with a 1 1/4" square punch from scrap paper.  I placed the mask over the computer printed number and sponged ink around the edge.  I then stamped the sweet pea images from Green Thumb.

3.  Once the mask is removed, you are left with your faux postage image.

4.  I then inverted the Super Jumbo scalloped square punch and punched out the image.

For my project I decided to make a fun little card that could be mailed to grandma.  I used a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 block of cardstock as my base.  On the front I adhere a photo of Ethan.  On the back I adhered my faux postage & added a postmark (Stampendous).  I cut a block of white cardstock to fit to the side and had Ethan scribble a little.  ( I handed him three shades of green crayons so I knew it would match my project!  It’s all about color coordination, right?!?!?)  I drew the dividing lines with a black pen and ruler.  These fun little postcards could be made in advance and sent each month to a loved one, showing the growth of053007_card_back
your child. 

The postcard concept could also be used for wedding thank-yous with the couples photo and pretty floral faux postage.  They could be utilized for birthday invitations.  There are so many possibilities!  And mass production of the faux postage with the scalloped punch is a snap.  Just print your "cents" several to a sheet, add your masked sponging & stamping and punch away!

Ink: Old Olive & Always Artichoke dye inks from SU!, Black Noit Palette Ink
Stamps: Green Thumb from Papertrey Ink & postmark from Stampendous
Paper: old olive SU! cardstock
Other: sanding block for photo edges

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  • 1
    Lisa Strahl says:

    Nicole, I am easy to please but hard to impress…and dang girl, I am impressed! This is a wonderful update for faux postage. Clever, clever girl you are. 😀

  • 2
    Penny says:

    What a great idea! You always look at things in a different way – thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • 3
    Viv (VivLyn) says:

    How cute! You are a wealth of talent just bursting at the seams!

  • 4
    Melissa says:

    Now that is just too cute, girl! Gonna have to do this one with the boys!

  • 5
    hb says:

    Genius, you are pure GENIUS! Love everything you create and you continue to knock my socks off on a daily basis!

  • 6

    Great idea… Marvy also has a stamp punch that works the same way. (Of course, you are carrying the scalloped punches…) 🙂

  • 7
    Sue says:

    I just love your ingenious ideas. I really appreciate your concise, easy-to-understand tutorials. This will be great fun to try.

  • 8

    Brava! Great idea! The faux stamp, the card with the child’s scribbling, everything!

    Now, where are my crayons…

  • 9
    Anne Marie says:

    OMG, Nichole, you are one of the most talented, creative people I’ve ever met. You’ve brought new life to that old idea!

  • 10
    Karrie Baker says:

    You are a genius, what a great idea!! 🙂

  • 11
    Stacy says:

    Wow Nicole!! I recently purchased my first Papertrey stamp set and stumbled across your blog…it’s awesome!!! I love your innovative ideas…keep em’ coming 🙂

  • 12
    Adelina says:

    GENIUS! I’m going to definitely us that one really soon! Like tonight!!!!

  • 13
    Beth M says:

    *Smacks head* Why didn’t I think of that! It’s darling! Love all the wonderful ideas you’re sharing using the punches.

  • 14
    Teresa says:

    Fabulous idea, Nichole!!! I am in awe of your creativity!!!

  • 15
    ClaudiafromGermany says:

    okay nicole… now iam finally sold on your stuff 🙂
    iam sold on ANYTHING i can use to make a quick card for my mother to sent to germany. ever since i sent her a scrapbook she expects me to make one for her. well… with two kids i can not make her scrapbooks anymore but cards with more effort i love to make.

    what a lovely idea. i will so go ahead and order that punch.
    thank you

    ps. if you have more ideas to incooperate pictures in card this would be great if you can share them.


  • 16
    Kribss says:

    love it!!

  • 17
    Peggy Maier says:

    What a cool idea! Why can I not picture this kind of thing in MY brain? Well, I guess that’s why you’re here, right?!

  • 18

    *THUD* I’m picking my jaw up off the floor. I love it. GENIUS!

  • 19
    Jennifer says:

    WOW… What a really neat idea. Thanks so much for sharing, I hope to use this technique soon. Jennifer

  • 20
    Monika/buzsy says:

    What a cute and great idea. Love the sweet pea. TFS! I hope I will get my hands on couple of these scalloped edge punches. :o)

  • 21
    Beate says:

    What a stinking cute idea!

  • 22
    Justine says:

    Nichole…this is just the coolest idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  • 23
    Justine says:

    Nichole…this is just the coolest idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  • 24
    elana says:

    This is so adorable! I gotta get one of these punches.

  • 25
    Penny H says:

    This is adorable. This scallop punch is one that I just pre-ordered because of this cute idea. I tried looking for the post mark stamp on addictedtorubberstamps.com, but couldn’t find it. Is there a Stampendous web site where you can order stamps? I wish SU would come out with a post mark stamp set with the circle, wavy lines, and all the months and numbers. That way you can use your own “dates” to mark the date for the occasion. Maybe I should make the suggestion. Thanks for sharing your cute ideas.

  • 26
    Mike Nebel says:

    Where did you buy your scalloped punches. I have been involved with SU and only have the round punch. The heart and the rectangle would be awesome to own. Thanks. Great tutorials.

  • 27
    Rosie Waldt says:

    Love, love, love this idea. Now, don’t know why I’m the only one asking this but haven’t figured it out, soooooooo, do you insert this in another envie to mail? I need the Stampendous postmark now. Rosie

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