May 28, 2014


From Wikipedia:

The term artistamp (a portmanteau of the words "artist" and "stamp") or artist's stamp refers to a postage stamp-like art form used to depict or commemorate any subject its creator chooses. Artistamps are a form of Cinderella stamps in that they are not valid for postage, but they differ from forgeries or bogus Illegal stamps in that typically the creator has no intent to defraud postal authorities or stamp collectors.

The Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp is The Artsy Stamp and I decided to take a bit of a twist and make a collection of artistamps instead. I used tiny bird stamps, some colored pencils for tint, a black fine tip marker to mimic the perforations, and a vintage envelope for the background (which had an interesting embossed design).

The Wiki article further states:  While the method of production is entirely the choice of the artist, creators who exclusively or primarily use rubber stamps are occasionally held in contempt by members of the artistamp community, some of whom refer to such producers as "bunny-stampers."

Well, I don't care if they call me a bunny-stamper because these are actually birds (duh) and they were really great fun to make. The hard part is getting a realistic looking perforation--I opted to use a less authentic (but easy) method by making tiny black dots along the edges.


  1. What a clever twist on our challenge! It's always a joy for me to see your work and to read your posts. You constantly inspire and teach me new things, so I thank you for that! I really like how you arranged these stamps and how each bird creates its own unique scene. They are separate entities, yet I love the unity they create. I especially like the sideways yellow bird with the number one by it. It reminded me of a clever rebel bird who does what he wants! Overall, this tag is lovely and I adore the background, too. You always do amazing work!

  2. Another beautiful tag and as Andrea said, it's such a wonderful twist on our challenge. It's as wonderful, as ever and thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog... :)