Recycling postage stamps
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Sunday, 31 January 2010 09:53

I have always had an affinity for old stamps. And yes I am a stamp collector. I have a vast collection of old and valuable stamps that I have collected since I was a little girl. But these days it is the recycling of modern day stamps that I am fascinated by. My grandmother taught me how to recycle them and today I just love using them on my layouts, cards and ATCs.

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Recycled Stamps

Collect stamps from letters and cards you receive through the post by tearing the envelope around the stamps only. Keep these stamps in a drawer until you have a few, and then separate them from the envelope all at once. This way you can do whole batches in one go. Store them in a small box or drawer where you can grab them easily for your next project.

What you will need
  • Small plastic bowl
  • Luke warm water
  • Stamps on envelope
  • Craft sheet

Get crafting friends from around the world to collect stamps from their country for you. Swap the stamps out with ones from your country with them once a year. What a nice idea to get connected with other creative people world wide.

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Step 1
Tear your old stamps off the envelope. Place lukewarm water in a small shallow plastic bowl. Place the stamps into the water and let soak for a few minutes.
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Step 2
Once the glue dissolves the stamps will separate themselves from the envelope. Remove them carefully and place them onto your craft sheet. Leave them to dry thoroughly before using them on your project.

Step 1
Tear your old stamps off the envelope. Place lukewarm water in a small shallow plastic bowl. Place the stamps into the water and let soak for a few minutes.

Step 2
Once the glue dissolves the stamps will separate themselves from the envelope. Remove them carefully and place them onto your craft sheet. Leave them to dry thoroughly before using them on your project.

Tips & Tricks
  • Place your wet stamps onto your craft sheet so that they don't stick to the surface. If you place them onto scrap paper they may stick to the paper because all the adhesive has not been removed.
  • Use stamps on cards, ATCs and layouts for a fun and unusual look.
  • Collect stamps from around the world. These are perfect accents to use on your travel pages.